Weekly Update: October 14, 2013

Quakes travel to LA Galaxy on Sunday for final installment of 2013 Cali Clasico

The Earthquakes face the LA Galaxy on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the StubHub Center with both teams aiming to find their way into the MLS Cup Playoff field. Kickoff is 6 p.m. PT on ESPN, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose’s Record in October
The Quakes are 11-11-13 all-time in October in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 0; Oct. 9, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Chris Wondolowski kept the Earthquakes’ MLS Cup Playoff hopes alive with a goal in the 69th-minute, leading San Jose to a 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids in front of a sold-out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. Wondolowski headed home his 10th goal of the season off a Shea Salinas corner kick. The marker was his 33rd career game winner, tying him for No. 3 in MLS history with Ante Razov. He also became the 11th player in league history to record double-digit goals in four consecutive seasons.  The Earthquakes would have found the net sooner if not for a gritty defensive effort from the Rapids. Alan Gordon clipped the post with a header in the ninth minute and then defender Drew Moor went to the ground to block point-blank shots from Wondolowski and Gordon on the Rapids’ goal line midway through the second half. Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin also made a diving one-handed save to deny Wondolowski at the near post in the 69th minute, just before the corner kick that netted the eventual winner. San Jose’s defense kept the Rapids quiet for most of the night, yielding just six shots – none on goal.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 18-26-9
Home: 13-9-6 (42 GF, 37 GA)
Away: 5-17-3 (30 GF, 48 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 1-4; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-4
Playoffs: 4-5-1; US Open Cup: 0-4-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 72, LA Galaxy – 85

LA Galaxy Scouting Report
The LA Galaxy (14-11-6, 48 pts.) enter the week fourth in the Western Conference with two matches on tap. Their last time out was a 5-0 rout of Chivas USA at the StubHub Center on Oct. 6. Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan had two goals apiece while rookie Gyasi Zardes accounted for the fifth goal. Keane has been the club’s most consistent offensive threat with 15 goals and 11 assists while Donovan is next on the list with 10 goals and nine assists. The Galaxy host the Montreal Impact on Wednesday, Oct. 16 ahead of the California Clasico.

Last Game vs. LA Galaxy

Earthquakes 0, LA Galaxy 3; Aug. 31, 2013; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
The Earthquakes closed a stretch of three road games in eight days with a 3-0 loss against the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000. San Jose had its chances early, but it was the Galaxy who found the scoreboard first. Robbie Keane chipped a pass over the Earthquakes’ backline, springing Landon Donovan on the run. Donovan carried the ball into the box and beat goalkeeper Jon Busch one-on-one to give the Galaxy a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Keane tacked on the next two Galaxy goals, the first of which came from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute. The Irishman capped the scoring midway through the second half, volleying home a header from Sean Franklin for his 12th goal of the season.

History of the Earthquakes – LA Galaxy Rivalry
As the two original MLS teams in California, the Earthquakes (then known as the Clash) and the Galaxy met for the first time on April 28, 1996, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. … In front of a crowd of 40,347, the Clash fell to the Galaxy, 2-1 … From 1996-2005, the in-state rivals matched up more than any other teams in the league … Along with playing each other 48 times in the regular season, the Quakes and the Galaxy have also faced off eight times in the postseason and four times in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup … The teams squared off in the playoffs in 1996, 2003 and 2005, as well as the 2001 MLS Cup … The Galaxy captured the 1996 conference semifinal series, two games to one, taking the final two contests at the Rose Bowl by identical scores of 2-0 … In 2001, the sides met in the MLS Cup, with the Quakes producing a come-from-behind 2-1 triumph at Columbus Crew Stadium as Dwayne De Rosario scored the winner in overtime … The 2003 Western Conference Semifinal series produced one of the most memorable games in league history … After dropping the road leg of a two-game set, 2-0, San Jose fell behind by that same score after just 13 minutes of the home return to trail the series, 4-0 on aggregate … The Quakes responded with a four-goal explosion in regulation to level the aggregate, 4-4, getting the fourth from Chris Ronér in the 90th minute just moments after he had come into the game … Fellow second-half substitute Rodrigo Faria then struck six minutes into sudden-death overtime to send San Jose to the Western Conference Finals, and ultimately its second MLS Cup … In 2005, having lost the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals, 3-1, at The Home Depot Center, the Quakes needed another two-goal comeback to win the series … After going up 1-0 on a Brian Ching goal in Game 2 on Oct. 29, 2005, Ned Grabavoy scored for the Galaxy to end the Quakes’ hopes … That match marked the Quakes’ final game before the team was relocated to Houston on Dec. 15, 2005 … Since the Earthquakes rejoined MLS in 2008, the teams have met 10 times … San Jose has gone 3-4-3 during that stretch, including a 1-0 win in front of what was then a stadium-record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 21, 2010, thanks to a fourth-minute goal by Chris Wondolowski … The sides played to a scoreless draw in front of a new Buck Shaw record crowd of 10,872 in last year’s first meeting on June 25, with the Quakes unable to find a goal despite out-shooting the Galaxy, 25-8, and playing with a man advantage for 47 minutes … The return fixture in Carson resulted in a 2-0 victory for LA as Robbie Keane scored the winner on his MLS debut … The Earthquakes were 2-0-1 against the Galaxy in 2012, rallying from two-goal deficits to knock off their Southern California rival on May 23, 3-2, at The Home Depot Center and June 30, 4-3, in front of 50,391 at Stanford Stadium … San Jose again came from behind in their final regular season meeting of 2012, equalizing a pair of one-goal deficits for a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium … After defeating the Galaxy 1-0 in the first leg of Western Conference Semifinals, the Quakes dropped the second match at Buck Shaw Stadium 3-1 and were eliminated from the postseason … The 2013 California Clasico got off to a lively start as the Earthquakes rallied from a 2-1 deficit while playing a man down with goals from Shea Salinas and Alan Gordon in second-half stoppage time, making San Jose the first team in league history to accomplish that feat … The Galaxy won the two teams’ next meeting in 2013 with a 3-0 rout on Aug. 31 at the StubHub Center thanks to a goal from Landon Donovan and a brace by Robbie Keane.

Earthquakes – LA Galaxy Connections
Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan began his MLS career with the Earthquakes, producing 32 goals and 29 assists over 87 appearances from 2001-04 and helping lead San Jose to both of its MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 … Quakes forward Alan Gordon played for the Galaxy from 2004-10, scoring 16 goals in 99 games … Quakes assistant coach Ian Russell played in three games for the Galaxy in 2007 … Galaxy defender Todd Dunivant was San Jose’s first-round selection in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and played 46 games for the Earthquakes from 2003-04, producing one goal and six assists … Dunivant and Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn both attended Stanford … Dunivant was teammates with Quakes defender Nana Attakora on Toronto FC from 2007-08 … Galaxy assistant coach Curt Onalfo played in six matches for San Jose in 1997 … Galaxy technical director Jovan Kirovski played in nine matches for the Quakes in 2008 … Quakes defender Jason Hernandez was teammates with Galaxy midfielder Mike Magee with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2005 … Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10) and Galaxy midfielder Hector Jimenez (2006-10) were teammates at Cal … LA Galaxy defender Tommy Meyer and San Jose defender Brad Ring both attended Indiana University … Galaxy midfielders Colin Clark (2006-10) and Pablo Mastroeni (2002-13) played on the Colorado Rapids with Quakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy (2007-10), defender Dan Gargan (2006-08) and defender Ty Harden (2009) … Clark also played with Earthquakes goalkeeper Evan Newton on the Houston Dynamo in 2011 … Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers was teammates with Quakes forward Steven Lenhart on the Columbus Crew from 2008-10.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. LA Galaxy
Chris Wondolowski has three goals in 10 appearances … Alan Gordon has six goals in six matches against his former club … Steven Lenhart has four goals and an assist in 10 appearances … Jon Busch is 9-8-5 with six shutouts in his career against the Galaxy, including a 3-2-3 record with two shutouts in a Quakes uniform.

LA Galaxy Leaders vs. San Jose
Midfielder Landon Donovan has eight goals and seven assists in 14 games against his old club … Forward Robbie Keane has four goals and three assists in five appearances … Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has two assists in 25 career appearances.

COMMUNITY SCHEDULE

XFINITY Soccer Clinic
Who: Earthquakes players Justin Morrow, Mike Fucito, Nana Attakora and Dan Gargan
Where: Cesar Chavez Academy, 2450 Ralmar Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
When: Tuesday, October 15 at 5:15 p.m.

Closing Ceremony Assembly for Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente
Who: Earthquakes player Adam Jahn
Where: Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 1800 Fruitdale Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128
When: Thursday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony Assembly for Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Kaiser Permanente
Who: Earthquakes player Evan Newton
Where: James McEntee Academy, 2851 Gay Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127
When: Friday, October 18 at 2 p.m.

XFINITY Soccer Clinic
Who: Earthquakes players Jordan Steward, Rafa Baca, Ty Harden, Nana Attakora
Where: Latino Community Foundation’s Health and Technology Fair at Google Campus Soccer Field, 1945 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043
When: Friday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Autograph Session
Who: Earthquakes player Chris Wondolowski
Where: Wells Fargo Branch, 360 North Capital Avenue, San Jose, CA 95133
When: Friday, October 18 at 5:45 p.m.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Milestone Alert
Chris Wondolowski (33) is tied with Ante Razov (33) for No. 3 on the all-time MLS game-winning goals list … 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 (20) is tied with Ian Russell for No. 10 on the club’s all-time assists list and is three behind Brian Mullan for No. 9 … Sam Cronin (8,673) is 194 minutes behind Eddie Lewis (8,867) for No. 10 on the club’s all-time minutes played list … Jon Busch (976) is nine saves behind Zach Thornton (987) for No. 7 on the league’s all-time list … Busch (75) is one shutout behind Thornton (76) for No. 4 on the league’s all-time list … Busch (104) is also three wins behind Scott Garlic (107) for No. 6 on the all-time MLS list.

Bernardez Goes 90 for Honduras
Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez played 90 minutes in Honduras’ 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Friday, Oct. 11 in San Pedro Sula. Teammate Marvin Chavez did not see time in the game, but he is also with Los Catrachos. The win positioned Honduras firmly in third place with one game remaining in CONCACAF’s 2014 World Cup Qualifying. Los Catrachos can secure their passage to Brazil with a win or a draw against Jamaica in Kingson on Tuesday.

Wondolowski, Goodson Called to United States Duty
Earthquakes duo Chris Wondolowski and Clarence Goodson were added to the United States National Team roster last week and will be available when the Americans face Panama on Tuesday at Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City. That match kicks off at 6:30 p.m. PT on beIN Sport.

Beitashour Joins Iran for Asian Cup Qualifier
Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour joined Iran for training camp ahead of their 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Tehran. Beitashour, 26, is aiming to make his first international appearance. He participated in United States camps in August of 2012 and January of 2013, but did not make gameday rosters. His parents were born in Iran, opening up the possibility that Beitashour could suit up for Team Melli. Iran hosts Thailand on Oct. 15 in their third match of 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifying. Team Melli beat Lebanon 5-0 and drew 1-1 with Kuwait in their previous two matches. The top two teams in each group as well as the best third-placed team will join Australia, Japan, North Korea and South Korea in the final.

Cato Called to Trinidad & Tobago National Team
Earthquakes midfielder Cordell Cato was among 22 players called to camp for Trinidad & Tobago ahead of their upcoming friendly against New Zealand. Cato, 21, is aiming to earn his first cap for the Soca Warriors. Trinidad & Tobago hosts New Zealand in an exhibition match on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Mr. October
No player has scored more goals in October than Chris Wondolowski. San Jose’s striker added to his total in last week’s 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids, upping his career haul to 17 during the month. The next-closest total is 12 from Rapids striker Edson Buddle. Of those 17 goals, six have been game-winners, three more than any other MLSer.

Game-Winners
Chris Wondolowski recorded his 33rd career game-winning goal in last week’s 1-0 result against the Colorado Rapids, tying him with Ante Razov for No. 3 on the league’s all-time list. Wondolowski is four game-winners behind Landon Donovan for No. 2 on the list and seven back of Jeff Cunningham for the all-time lead.

More Game-Winners
Chris Wondolowski’s game-winning goal against Colorado marked the 12th of his career in a 1-0 result, tops in league history. Landon Donovan and Jeff Cunningham are next on the list with 11 a piece.

Iron Man
The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 32 matches this season, Jon Busch. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 32 matches; he has logged 2,391 minutes in the process.

Clean Sheets Galore
The Earthquakes have recorded shutouts in four of their last five regular season games. Including a 3-0 win against the Montreal Impact, San Jose has five clean sheets in their last six matches.

Harden, Earthquakes Partner for LLS’ Light the Night Walk
The Earthquakes and defender Ty Harden have partnered to help raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk on Saturday, Oct. 19 at Discovery Meadow in San Jose. The Earthquakes’ Front Office has opened up a donation page on the event’s website. Fans can pledge money to a team member or sign up to walk with the Earthquakes by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com/lightthenight. San Jose is an official sponsor of the event and currently leads the Corporate Cup Challenge for organizations with fewer than 250 employees; the Earthquakes have raised over $15,000 to date. At the Light the Night event, participants walk carrying illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. All funds raised through the Light The Night Walk support LLS’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Children, adults and seniors are all encouraged to participate in the event. Harden and members of the club’s Front Office will walk at the event.

Earthquakes to Host Inaugural Awards Gala, Presented by Franco Uomo
The Earthquakes will host the inaugural Earthquakes Awards Gala, presented by Franco Uomo, on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Fourth Street Summit Center in Downtown San Jose. In addition to the awards ceremony, attendees will be treated to a fashion show courtesy of Franco Uomo. The event will also include hor d’oeuvres and cocktails. Tickets are available through a special early bird sale for $80 starting. To purchase a ticket, visit www.sjearthquakes.com/gala.

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.

 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, visitwww.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 president@sjearthquakes.com. 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 $8,250 so far this season thanks to 33 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.

ACADEMY NOTES

U-14 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-14s were idle over the weekend. They’re back in action on Saturday, Oct. 19 against Juventus Sport Club at the Earthquakes Training Facility in San Jose.

U-16 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-16s were idle over the weekend. Next up is the De Anza Force on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Earthquakes Training Facility.

U-18 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-18s were idle over the weekend. They return to action on Sunday, Nov. 3 against the De Anza Force at the Earthquakes Training Facility.