Weekly Update: Quakes return to action Oct. 9
San Jose has a bye this week, but will return to action next week on Wednesday, Oct. 9 against the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium for Dollar Dog Wednesday, presented by Cosmopolitan Catering.
San Jose’s Record in September
The Quakes are 34-23-11 all-time in September in MLS play.
Earthquakes 1, Chivas USA 0; Sept. 30, 2013; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Chris Wondolowski scored in the 87th minute with his team playing a man down to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 win against Chivas USA at the StubHub Center. After a scoreless first half, Steven Lenhart appeared to give San Jose a 1-0 lead in 47th minute. The target man headed home a corner kick from Shea Salinas, but the play was whistled dead just before the shot for a foul by an Earthquakes player. Despite the negated goal, San Jose continued to pressure Chivas USA and nearly found the net in the 65th minute after Wondolowski found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Dan Kennedy thanks to a through-ball from Sam Cronin. Wondolowski took a touch and fired, but Kennedy was able to block the shot with a diving save to keep the two sides level. The Earthquakes went a man down in the 81st minute after Lenhart collided with Kennedy and received his second yellow card. The advantage didn’t hold for Chivas USA as Wondolowski broke through in the 87th minute for his ninth goal of the season. Alan Gordon created the chance with a dipping shot from 25 yards out that Kennedy blocked, but couldn’t control. Wondolowski pounced on the loose ball and chipped his shot into an empty net to seal the three points.
Get Earthquakes Fit Opening Ceremony Assembly
Where: Fairwood Elementary School 1110 Fairwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
When: Tuesday, October 1 at 1:15 p.m.
XFINITY Soccer Clinic
Who: Earthquakes players Rafa Baca and Adam Jahn as well as Earthquakes TV analyst Kelly Gray
Where: Silver Creek Sportsplex, 800 Embedded Way, San Jose, CA 95138
When: Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente Family Event
Who: Earthquakes player TBD and Earthquakes Trainer Brian Lee
Where: Rosemary Elementary School, 401 West Hamilton Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008
When: Thursday, October 3 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Details: An Earthquakes player and Earthquakes trainer Brian Lee will speak to elementary school students and their families about the Get Earthquakes Fit program and how the Earthquakes stay healthy and fit. Following the presentation, the Earthquakes player will sign autographs and pose for photos.
Chris Wondolowski (32) is one game-winning goal behind Ante Razov (33) for No. 3 on the all-time MLS list … Wondolowski (132) will surpass John Doyle (132) for No. 7 on the club’s all-time appearance list with his next game … Ramiro Corrales is one game away from No. 250 in his Earthquakes’ career … Steven Lenhart (19) and Alan Gordon (18) are both closing in on Jeff Baicher (20) for No. 7 on the club’s all-time goals list. … Sam Cronin is one start away from his 100th in San Jose … Shea Salinas (19) is one assist away from tying Ian Russell for No. 10 on the club’s all-time list … Jason Hernandez (12,347) is 36 minutes away from surpassing Ronald Cerritos for No. 4 on the club’s all-time minutes played list.
New Stadium Update
The Earthquakes celebrated their latest milestone in the construction process on Friday, Sept. 17 with a Foundation Pour Ceremony attended by randomly selected season ticket holders, front office personnel and other stakeholders. The construction crew poured 670 yards of concrete using over 70 trucks, laying the foundation for the future locker rooms and Earthquakes office building. General manager John Doyle and Merryl Zuparko, a longtime season ticket holder, participated in a “lever pull” ceremony. As part of the club’s commitment to keep its closest stakeholders involved in every step of the construction process, select season ticket holders were invited to take part in the momentous event. That list included: Virginia Gelczis, Mitch Diamond, Jennifer Echeverri, Nelson Celada Ned and Merryl Zuparko.
Keeping it Clean
The Earthquakes recorded their seventh clean sheet of the season in their 1-0 win against Chivas USA over the weekend. They have three shutouts in their last four regular season games and four in their last five including a 3-0 win against the Montreal Impact in CONCACAF Champions League action on Sept. 17.
Wondolowski vs. Chivas USA
Chris Wondolowski scored his 10th career goal against Chivas USA in Sunday’s 1-0 win at the StubHub Center. He notched four in three games in 2013, including two game winners. Wondolowski has more goals against Chivas USA than any other team; the next closest is seven against Colorado, Vancouver and Toronto FC.
Wondolowski Surpasses Kreis on MLS Game-Winning Goals List
Chris Wondolowski notched his 32nd career game-winning goal in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 win against Chivas USA over the weekend, moving him past Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis for No. 4 on the league’s all-time list. Next on the list is Ante Razov with 33; Jeff Cunningham is the all-time leader with 40.
Wondolowski Moves Up Club’s All-Time Charts
Chris Wondolowski moved up three different Earthquakes all-time lists on Sunday. He made his 132nd appearance, tied with current general manager John Doyle for No. 7 in team history. He also surpassed Troy Dayak for No. 8 on the club’s all-time starts list with his 123rd and moved ahead of Dayak for No. 7 in minutes played with 10,902, 72 more than the Earthquakes Hall of Famer.
Busch Ascends MLS Shutouts List
Jon Busch recorded his 74th career clean sheet in the Earthquakes’ 1-0 win against Chivas USA over the weekend, moving him past New England goalkeeper Matt Reis for No. 5 in MLS history. Zach Thornton is next on the list with 76.
Cronin Approaching Century Mark in San Jose
Sam Cronin is one start away from his 100th with the club. The central midfielder arrived in San Jose on June 21, 2010 from Toronto FC in exchange for allocation money. He has scored three goals and recorded 12 assists during his time with the club.
The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 31 matches this season, Jon Busch. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 31 matches; he has logged 2,301 minutes in the process.
Limited Tickets Available for Deciding Champions League Match at Buck Shaw
The Earthquakes will decide their CONCACAF Champions League fate when they host CD Heredia on Wednesday, Oct. 23. San Jose can advance to the next stage of the tournament with a win. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold for the match. For more information and to secure your seat, visit www.sjearthquakes.com.
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 – Earthquakes 0, CD Heredia 1 at Cemento Progreso Stadium in Guatemala City
Tuesday, Sept. 17 – Earthquakes 3, Montreal Impact 0 at Buck Shaw Stadium
Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 7 p.m. PT – CD Heredia at San Jose Earthquakes
Quakes President Dave Kaval’s Office Hours
Earthquakes president Dave Kaval’s office hours are held every Tuesday between 3 and 5 p.m. Participants are welcome to call or visit in person at our Front Office at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 220 in Santa Clara. In addition, Dave will be holding his office hours from the new stadium site located at 1135 Coleman Ave, San Jose, Calif., on the second Tuesday of each month between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. To make an appointment during his office hours, email Dave directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Office hour dates are subject to change. Be sure to read his blog, Kaval’s Kickoff, available exclusively at www.sjearthquakes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @QuakesPrez.
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 $8,000 so far this season thanks to 32 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.
Lara Named to United States U-17 Roster
Earthquakes academy player Edwin Lara was among 20 players called to United States U-17 camp last week ahead of the 2013 ASG Cup in Alicante, Spain. Lara is one of two players on the roster born in 1999 – the remainder are from 1998. The U.S. opens against the Real Madrid Academy on Sept. 30. The U.S. will then face a to-be-determined opponent on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 3 p.m. local time, followed by Rayo Vallecano Academy on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. local time. The team returns stateside on Sunday, Oct. 6 for Fall Break.
The Earthquakes’ U-14 Academy squad routed San Mateo County Star 14-1 over the weekend. Kaya Fabbretti and Ivan Valencia each scored four goals during the match while Leonardo Barajas and Alexander Guevara had braces. Amado Lozano and Daniel Sanchez capped the scoring with one apiece.
The Earthquakes’ U-16s were inactive over the weekend and will return on the road on Saturday, Oct. 5 against the Portland Timbers.
The Earthquakes’ U-18s were inactive over the weekend and will return on the road on Saturday, Oct. 5 against the Portland Timbers.