Weekly Update: Quakes prepare for Canadian road trip

Quakes hit the road for CCL play at Montreal on Wednesday, Vancouver on Saturday

THIS WEEK

The Earthquakes return to action on Wednesday, Aug. 7 against the Montreal Impact at Saputo Stadium for their CONCACAF Champions League opener. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT with the game airing live on Fox Soccer Plus. The club’s next MLS match is Saturday, Aug. 10 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose’s Record in August

The Quakes are 34-27-8 all-time in August in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 2, Chivas USA 0; Aug. 3, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chris Wondolowski scored twice to lead the Earthquakes to a 2-0 win against Chivas USA in front of a sold out crowd of 10,525 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game was Wondolowski’s first with San Jose since his CONCACAF Gold Cup championship run with the United States Men’s National Team. The reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player left his footprint with a goal just before halftime and then sealed the match with another midway through the second half. The Earthquakes’ first tally came in the 45th minute as Steven Beitashour sent a perfectly weighted pass from his defensive half to Victor Bernardez in the area. The Honduran center back leapt and headed a pass across the goal face to Wondolowski for the finish.  Wondolowski doubled his haul in the 87th minute, this time pouncing on a loose ball in the box. Adam Jahn slotted a pass to Shea Salinas on the right side of the area where the speedy winger blasted a shot on target, forcing Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to make a difficult save. However, Wondolowski was first to the rebound off of Kennedy’s hands, chipping in his second strike from close range to up his 2013 goal total to seven.\

OPPONENT INFO 

Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 0-1-1
Home: 0-0-1 (2 GF, 2 GA)
Away: 0-1-0 (1 GF, 3 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 3, Montreal Impact – 5

Last Game vs. Montreal Impact

Earthquakes 2, Montreal Impact 2; Aug. 3, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Earthquakes rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw the Montreal Impact 2-2. San Jose out-shot the Impact 16-6 and had a 14-1 advantage in corner kicks, but had to settle for a tie with the top team in the East. Midfielder Sam Cronin sparked the comeback with an assist and a stoppage-time equalizer, his first goal of the season and second of his four-year career with the Earthquakes. The Earthquakes controlled the early tempo of the game, but found themselves behind when Impact midfielder Justin Mapp unloaded from 35 yards out in the 34th minute for his first goal of the season. The veteran winger would connect again just two minutes into the second half, getting on the other end of a cross from forward Andrew Wenger for an easy tap-in at the far post. Rookie forward Adam Jahn pulled one back in the 59th with his third goal of the season. Marvin Chavez located Chris Wondolowski at the top of the box, sliding a pass that was quickly redirected to the feet of Cronin. The center mid calmly took a touch and then slipped a through ball on the run to Jahn, who trapped and buried his shot toward the far post. The Earthquakes waited until stoppage time to find their game-tying goal. Walter Martinez sent a ball into the mix that found Wondolowski open with his back to the goal. Wondolowski headed a pass back to Cronin near the edge of the area where the former Wake Forest product took a touch and fired through traffic and past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Troy Perkins to tie the game.

Montreal Impact Scouting Report

The Montreal Impact (10-6-5, 35 pts.) enter the match third in the Eastern Conference. The Impact are coming off a 3-1 loss to D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Italian international Marco Di Vaio leads the club with 11 goals while Felipe and Patrice Bernier are tied atop the club’s assists list with five apiece.

Earthquakes-Montreal Impact Connections

Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas and Impact midfielder Jeb Brovsky were teammates on Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 … Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow and Brovsky are both Notre Dame alumni, and played together for the Fighting Irish from 2007-09 … Earthquakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales beat Impact midfielder Justin Mapp in 2003 MLS Cup when Mapp was a member of the Chicago Fire … Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy and Impact midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic were teammates on the New York Red Bulls in 2010 … Earthquakes assistant coach Mark Watson, Earthquakes defender Nana Attakora, Impact midfielder Patrice Bernier have all represented Canada at the international level … Earthquakes forward Mike Fucito played with Impact goalkeeper Troy Perkins for the Portland Timbers in 2012.

History of the Quakes – Montreal Impact Rivalry

The Earthquakes played the Montreal Impact for the first time in club history on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Saputo Stadium in Montreal with the hosts winning 3-1. The second meeting between the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 4, 2013.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Montreal Impact

Forward Chris Wondolowski has one goal and two assists in two appearances … Fellow forward Adam Jahn and midfielder Sam Cronin have each recorded one goal, respectively … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 0-1-1.

Montreal Impact Leaders vs. San Jose

Midfielder Justin Mapp recorded a brace against the Quakes in a 2-2 draw on May, 4 …  Mapp also has 15 assists in 16 appearances … Forward Marco di Vaio and midfielder Patrice Bernier each have one goal in one appearance … Bernier also has one assist along with midfielder Felipe Martins … Goalkeeper Troy Perkins is 2-2-4 in eight appearances against San Jose in his career.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

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 – 5 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes at Montreal Impact
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

NOTE: The Earthquakes’ match against Montreal on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will be Bonus Game B for the club’s season ticket holders. Season ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for that match during an exclusive window starting on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. PT. The public on-sale date is Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket details for the club’s second CONCACAF Champions League home game will be announced at a later date.

 Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, Presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics

The club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics, benefiting The Health Trust of Silicon Valley and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on Sunday, Aug. 18. More information and a registration link are available at www.quakeschallenge.com. The 5K/10K Challenge begins at 8 a.m. with three options for runners of all ages. All participants receive a race t-shirt and access to a post-race celebration. The event is co-produced by Threshold Racing and Firstwave Events, the same companies that organize the San Jose Turkey Trot, Santa Cruz Half Marathon, and the San Jose Metro Triathlon.

Wine & Dine Raises $40,000 for Earthquakes Community Fund

The Second Annual Wine & Dine With the Earthquakes raised $40,000 for the club’s community fund. The event was hosted by Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill and featured wine tasting, dinner, a silent auction and a grape stomp.

Goodson, Alas Make Debuts

United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson and Salvadoran midfielder Jaime Alas made their club debuts in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA at Buck Shaw Stadium. Goodson started and played 90 minutes, helping San Jose earn its third clean sheet of the season. Meanwhile, Alas came on for Cordell Cato in the 77th minute and played the final 13 minutes.

Earthquakes Record Third Shutout of 2013

The Earthquakes topped Chivas USA 2-0 on Saturday, earning their third clean sheet of the season and second in three games. Jon Busch was in goal for the Quakes while Steven Beitashour, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson and Jordan Stewart anchored the backline.

Wondolowski’s Triumphant Return

Reigning Volkswagen MLS MVP Chris Wondolowski made a strong return to the Earthquakes against Chivas USA on Aug. 3. He netted two goals to raise his season total to seven. Wondolowski had missed the previous four matches while on national team duty with the United States at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Beitashour, Bernardez Notch First Assists of 2013

Steven Beitashour and Victor Bernardez teamed up to set up Chris Wondolowski for the game-winning goal on Aug. 3 against Chivas USA. It was the first assist of the season for both players.

Earthquakes-Sporting KC Match on Aug. 18 Moved to 7 p.m. PT

The Earthquakes have moved kickoff for their home match against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, Aug. 18 to 7 p.m. PT, one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The match will air nationally on Univision Deportes Network. Tickets already printed and distributed for the match will still be valid, but holders should note the time change.

Milestone Alert

The Earthquakes are three wins away from their 200th in club history while goalkeeper Jon Busch is one away from 100 wins in his 13-year MLS career.

Iron Man

The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 23 matches this season, Jon Busch. He has played 2,070 minutes. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 23 matches; he has logged 1,981 minutes in the process.

Wondolowski Bobblehead Night, Presented by Wells Fargo, Slated for Aug. 18

The Earthquakes will host Chris Wondolowski Bobblehead Night, presented by Wells Fargo, on Sunday, Aug. 18 when the club hosts Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. PT. The bobblehead, available to 5,000 fans at the gates on Aug. 18, will commemorate Wondolowski’s memorable 2012 campaign. The Earthquakes and Wells Fargo are teaming up for the third-consecutive year for a commemorative bobblehead giveaway. The 2013 version will pay homage to Wondolowski’s record-tying 27-goal season and second career Budweiser Golden Boot. That haul also included an MLS-record 11 game-winning goals and a career-high seven assists. For his efforts, Wondolowski was rewarded with the league’s highest individual honor, the Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player. As a lead up to the bobblehead giveaway, from July 12 through July 31, 2013, San Jose Earthquakes fans can visit a participating Wells Fargo banking location, open a new Wells Fargo consumer or business checking account, and receive an Earthquakes scarf.  Offer is available at over 100 Wells Fargo banking locations throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, and Santa Cruz Counties.  See your local Wells Fargo banker for complete details. © 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC.

New Stadium Update

The Earthquakes announced last Monday that due to unforeseen conditions at the stadium site, the team is 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 $6,250 so far this season thanks to 25 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.