Weekly Update: Quakes open three-game road trip at FC Dallas
The Earthquakes open a three-game road trip at FC Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 24. Kickoff is 6 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose’s Record in August
The Quakes are 35-28-8 all-time in August in MLS play.
Earthquakes 1, Sporting Kansas City 0; Aug. 18, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes stayed in the MLS Cup Playoff race with a key 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City in front of a sold out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski supplied the firepower on his own bobblehead night, heading home his eighth goal of the season in the 55th minute. That tally moved Wondolowski into a tie with current Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis for No. 4 on Major League Soccer’s all-time game-winning goals list with 31. After a scoreless first half, the Earthquakes didn’t wait long to find the scoreboard. Sam Cronin tried to send a ball into the mix, but it was deflected wide to Steve Beitashour. The 2012 MLS All-Star volleyed in a cross that Wondolowski headed into the corner for his eighth goal of the season. Defensively, the Earthquakes picked up their fourth clean sheet of the season and third in their last five MLS regular season games.
Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 22-16-10
Home: 13-6-5 (45 GF, 24 GA)
Away: 9-10-5 (33 GF, 30 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 4-3; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0; Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 78, FC Dallas – 54
Last Game vs. FC Dallas
Earthquakes 0, FC Dallas 1; May 25, 2013; FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas
The Earthquakes fell 1-0 against FC Dallas, Western Conference leaders at the time. San Jose outshot their hosts 17-10 and out-possessed them, but came up short thanks in part to several key saves from FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. FC Dallas scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half. David Ferreira carried the ball for half the length of the field on a counterattack before finding Fabian Castillo open on the right wing. Castillo cut back toward the goal and then placed a shot to the far post that narrowly eluded Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch. San Jose had its chances in the second half, including a pair from reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski. The first came in the 81st minute as Shea Salinas floated a cross to the back post where Wondolowski volleyed a shot that was bound for the net if not for a reaction save by Fernandez. Wondolowski had another chance minutes later, sending a header low toward the near post, but Fernandez was again game to the challenge with a diving stop.
FC Dallas Scouting Report
FC Dallas (8-7-9, 33 pts.) enters Saturday’s match eighth in the Western Conference. Their squad has fallen off sharply after starting the season 8-2-3 through their first 13 games. Since then, they are 0-5-6 with their last MLS win coming on May 25 against the Earthquakes. The latest loss came on the road against the Portland Timbers. FC Dallas gave up the first goal, equalized two minutes later and then yielded the eventual game winner midway through the first half. Argentine midfielder Mauro Diaz scored his first career MLS goal in that match for FC Dallas. Panamanian forward Blas Perez leads the squad with eight goals while midfielder David Ferreira paces his teammates with seven assists.
History of the Quakes-FC Dallas Rivalry
The Earthquakes were 9-1-4 in the final 14 games against Dallas prior to San Jose’s relocation to Houston … The Quakes posted a seven-game winning streak during that stretch from July 20, 2002-Apr. 15, 2004 … San Jose and Dallas met in an important match on Oct. 16, 2004, as San Jose needed a win or a tie to advance to the playoffs, while Dallas needed a win to clinch the final berth in the playoffs. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie at the Cotton Bowl, giving San Jose a spot in the playoffs, while Dallas did not qualify. Ramiro Corrales scored the Quakes second goal in that game … On Sept. 27, 2003, San Jose’s Dwayne De Rosario scored the fastest goal from the start of the game in MLS history, netting a goal 11 seconds into the match at Spartan Stadium against Dallas. De Rosario would go on to net a hat trick in the game, the second hat trick in Quakes team history … The Earthquakes won both matches against FC Dallas last season … The Earthquakes defeated FC Dallas in a 2-0 road win in the first meeting of this season on Mar. 26, and closed out the 2011 season with a 4-2 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 22 … In their first meeting this season, the two teams battled to a scoreless draw on July 7 at FC Dallas Stadium … The Earthquakes followed up with a 2-1 win on July 18 at Buck Shaw Stadium … The Quakes’ plus-25 goal differential against FC Dallas is the highest against any team in the league … San Jose is riding a six-game unbeaten streak against FC Dallas … The Earthquakes were 1-1-1 against FC Dallas in 2013 … FC Dallas won their first meeting of 2012 1-0 at FC Dallas Stadium thanks to a strike from Fabian Castillo.
Earthquakes-FC Dallas Connections
Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson began his career as a member of the Dallas Burn in 2004 (they re-named the club FC Dallas one year later) … Goodson was a No. 7 overall pick for Dallas in the 2004 SuperDraft and went on to record three goals and two assists in 74 appearances during his four seasons in Texas … Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez played for FC Dallas from 2009-2011, making 54 appearances and scoring six goals … Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10) and FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson (2003-2007) played college soccer for Cal … Jacobson is from Palo Alto, Calif. … FC Dallas defender Bobby Warshaw is a 2011 SuperDraft first-round pick out of Stanford … FC Dallas defender Zach Lloyd and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski have played together three times with the U.S. Men’s National Team, against Chile on January 22, 2011, against Venezuela on January 21, 2012, and against Panama on January 25, 2012 … Earthquakes midfielder Walter Martinez and FC Dallas Ramon Nunez were both born in Tegucugalpa, Honduras … Martinez, Nunez and Earthquakes players Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez have each played for the Honduran national team … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas grew up in the Dallas area and played USL soccer in the summer for Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados in 2005 and 2006 … Salinas played with FC Dallas Eric Hassli for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 … Salinas also played with FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Jacobson for the Philadelphia Union in 2010 … Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy and Rapids defender Stephen Keel were teammates with the Colorado Rapids in 2007 and 2008 and then again for the New York Red Bulls in 2011 and 2012 … Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan also played with Keel and Ballouchy in Colorado in 2007 and 2008 … FC Dallas defender Bobby Warshaw (2007-10) played college soccer for Stanford.
Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. FC Dallas
Defender Ramiro Corrales has four goals and six assists in 27 appearances … Forward Chris Wondolowski has three goals and one assist in 16 career appearances … Forward Steven Lenhart has two goals and one assist in six appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 7-4-5 with five shutouts in 16 career appearances.
FC Dallas All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Midfielder David Ferreira has two goals and four assists in nine appearances … Forward Eric Hassli has three goals and one assist in five games … Forward Kenny Cooper has five goals and one assist in seven games.
Busch Wins No. 100
Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch became the seventh player in league history to reach 100 career wins with San Jose’s 1-0 result against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. He is 100-76-75 with 71 shutouts during his 13-year career. Those wins were spread out during stops in Columbus, Chicago and San Jose. His first win came on April 27, 2002 as a member of the Columbus Crew. Busch made two saves in that game to also pick up his first career shutout in a 1-0 win against D.C. United. He is five wins behind Matt Reis of the New England Revolution for No. 6 on the MLS all-time wins list.
Wondolowski Climbs MLS All-Time Game-Winning Goals List
Chris Wondolowski’s 55th-minute header against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday was the 31st game-winning goal of his career, moving the predatory striker into a tie with current Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis for No. 4 all-time in league history. The goal was Wondolowski’s eighth total and fifth game winner of 2013.
Quakes Extend Home Unbeaten Streak to 12
The Earthquakes extended their home-unbeaten streak to 12 games with a 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose is 8-0-4 since dropping their 2013 season opener against Real Salt Lake, 2-0, on March 3.
Earthquakes Extend Home Unbeaten Streak vs. Sporting Kansas City
San Jose extended its home-unbeaten streak against Sporting Kansas City to 14 games with a 1-0 win on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium. That streak is the second-longest in MLS history, three behind the New England Revolution’s current stretch over the New York Red Bulls.
Another Clean Sheet
The Earthquakes picked up their fourth clean sheet of 2013 in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City at Buck Shaw Stadium. The shutout was their third in five games.
Beitashour Notches Third Assist
Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour picked up his third assist of 2013 in Sunday’s 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City at Buck Shaw Stadium. The fourth-year right back volleyed a cross to the middle of the box, finding Chris Wondolowski for a free header in the 55th minute. The pass marked Beitashour’s second game-winning assist of the campaign, tying his career high.
The Earthquakes are two wins away from their 200th in club history … Forward Alan Gordon is one start away from 100 in his 10-year MLS career … Midfielder Shea Salinas is two assists away from tying Ian Russell for No. 10 on the club’s career list.
The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 25 matches this season, Jon Busch. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 25 matches; he has logged 2,161 minutes in the process.
CONCACAF Champions League Schedule
The Earthquakes will play four CONCACAF Champions League matches in group play after qualifying for the tournament by virtue of their Supporters’ Shield win in 2012. The schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, Aug. 7 – Earthquakes 0, Montreal Impact 1 at Saputo Stadium
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – 7 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at CD Heredia (Guatemala)
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – 7 p.m. PT – Montreal Impact at San Jose Earthquakes
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 7 p.m. PT – CD Heredia at San Jose Earthquakes
Lenhart Chia Pet Night Slated for Sept. 8
The Earthquakes will host Steven Lenhart Chia Pet Night, presented by Cosmopolitan Catering, on Sunday, Sept. 8 when the club hosts the Philadelphia Union at 8 p.m. PT. The chia pet will be available to 2,500 fans at the gates on matchday. Last year, Cosmopolitan Catering teamed up with the Earthquakes for Lenhart Wig Night. The stadium was filled with blond-haired fans for what was one of the most dramatic games of the season. Lenhart came off the bench and scored the game-tying goal in the 98th minute. He then celebrated with teammate Shea Salinas by donning the wig.
New Stadium Update
Due to unforeseen conditions at the stadium site, the Earthquakes are pushing back the opening date of their new stadium to the second half of the 2014 season. With the change in opening date, the team will play eight games at Buck Shaw Stadium, one game at Stanford Stadium and nine games at the new stadium next season. Season ticket packages will now consist of 18 games, with 17 regular season games and one bonus game. For more information about season tickets for 2014, please contact the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. During the demolition phase, the construction team uncovered numerous concrete vaults deep in the ground, used munitions from the FMC factory, steel beams and hundreds of concrete pilings. Due to the high water table at the site, the excavated vaults also had to be drained of water, causing more delays during the grading process. To drain one of the holes, over 600 tons of rock had to be used.
T-Mobile 4G Power Zone Back for 2013
The Earthquakes have teamed with T-Mobile for the second year in a row to create the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone” at all home games for the 2013 season. The promotion will give fans the opportunity to purchase great seats for only $17 – a discount of $10 off the day-of-game price, the most affordable Earthquakes tickets available to the public. Through the agreement, T-Mobile has rebranded the Corner Flag Section 107 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara as the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone.” For more information, visit www.sjearthquakes.com/tickets.
Quakes President Dave Kaval’s Office Hours
Earthquakes President Dave Kaval’s office hours will continue in 2013. Fans can drop by his office at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesdays between 3 and 5 p.m. PT. Participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to read his blog, Kaval’s Kickoff, exclusively at www.sjearthquakes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @QuakesPrez.
Season Tickets on Sale/Priority for New Stadium
Season tickets for the 2013 season at Buck Shaw Stadium are still available. By purchasing season tickets for the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium, fans can enter the queue for priority seating for the Earthquakes New Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently selecting their seats for the New Stadium. To purchase season tickets or for more information, please contact the Earthquakes headquarters at 408-556-7700.
Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2013 through the Goals for Education program. The club has raised $6,500 so far this season thanks to 26 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.