Weekly Update: October 28, 2013

Quakes finish 2013 season with third most points in club history

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Meet-and-Greet following Stanford Men’s Soccer Game

Who: Adam Jahn
Where: Cagan Stadium, 641 Nelson Road, Stanford, CA 94305
When: Sunday, November 3 following the game (game starts at 1 p.m.)
Details: Adam Jahn will be signing autographs following the game as part of Stanford’s “Professional Sports Day”

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

2013 Earthquakes Award Winners, Presented by Franco Uomo:
The Earthquakes unveiled their 2013 club award winners at their first-ever award gala, presented by Franco Uomo, on Sunday at The Fourth Street Summit Center in Downtown San Jose. The club’s MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Humanitarian of the Year awards were voted on by players, media and the technical staff. Five awards – Game of the Year, Best Goal Celebration, Goal of the Year, Defensive Play of the Year and People’s Choice – were voted on by fans.

Game of the Year: Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 29
Best Goal Celebration: Steven Lenhart vs. Portland Timbers on July 27
Community Partner of the Year: Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Goal of the Year: Alan Gordon vs. LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 29
Defensive Play of the Year: Jon Busch vs. Seattle Sounders FC on March 23
People’s Choice Award: Shea Salinas
Fan of the Year: The McAllister Family
Golden Boot: Chris Wondolowski
Defensive Player of the Year: Jon Busch
Humanitarian of the Year: Justin Morrow
Earthquakes MVP: Sam Cronin

Earthquakes Draw Toluca in CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal
The CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals will be played in a home-and-away format, with the first legs scheduled for March 11-13, and the return legs on March 18-20. The exact schedule has yet to be announced. The full seeding list is as follows:

Deportivo Toluca, MEX (1) vs. San Jose Earthquakes, USA (8)
Cruz Azul FC, MEX (2) vs. Sporting Kansas City, USA (7)
Club Tijuana, MEX (3) vs. LA Galaxy, USA (6)
Deportivo Árabe Unido, PAN (4) vs. LD Alajuelense, CRC (5)

Corrales Retires
Longtime Earthquakes captain Ramiro Corrales ended his career on a winning note, starting and playing 71 minutes in the club’s 2-1 win against FC Dallas on Saturday. He walked onto the field before the game with teammates donning jerseys from his 18 years as a professional. When Rafael Baca called his name midway through the second half, Corrales was carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders. He retires as the all-time Earthquakes leader in starts, games played and minutes played.

Wondolowski Moves Up MLS All-Time List
Chris Wondolowski notched his 34th career game-winning goal in the Earthquakes’ 2-1 result against FC Dallas on Saturday. That game winner moved Wondolowski into sole possession of No. 3 on the league’s all-time list, three behind Landon Donovan and six behind Jeff Cunningham.

Wondolowski Leads MLS in Game-Winning Goals
For the fourth-straight season, Chris Wondolowski led MLS in game-winning goals. He finished with eight winners in 2013, two ahead of Chicago’s Mike Magee. Wondolowski has 34 game-winners in his career, all of which have come since re-joining the Earthquakes in 2009.

Quakes Extend Unbeaten Streak to Seven
The Earthquakes extended their unbeaten streak to seven (5-0-2) with a 2-1 win against FC Dallas on Saturday. Including a pair of CONCACAF Champions League wins, the Earthquakes are 7-0-2 in all competitions since the end of August. San Jose’s last loss came against the LA Galaxy on Aug. 31 at the StubHub Center. The Quakes have allowed just two goals during the unbeaten streak.

Home-Unbeaten Streak at 16
The Earthquakes are 11-0-5 since dropping their 2013 home opener on March 3 against Real Salt Lake. That stretch includes a 3-2 win against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 29. San Jose is 8-0-1 at home under interim head coach Mark Watson. 

Salinas Notches Career High in Assists
Shea Salinas finished 2013 with a career-high eight assists, one more than his previous mark of seven from 2012. Salinas has 20 assists during his four seasons with San Jose, tied for No. 10 on the club’s all-time list with current assistant coach Ian Russell.

Bingham Makes Season Debut
Second-year goalkeeper made his 2013 debut in the club’s season finale on Saturday, a 2-1 win against FC Dallas. Bingham made seven saves in his fifth MLS appearance and fourth career start. He is 4-1-0 during that span.

Iron Man
The Earthquakes closed their season with one player who started all of their 34 matches: Sam Cronin. The center midfielder logged 2,971 minutes, playing a full 90 in all but one match.

Mr. October
No player has scored more goals in October than Chris Wondolowski. San Jose’s striker added to his total with a goal in the club’s 2-1 win against FC Dallas on Saturday, upping his career haul to 18 during the month. The next-closest total is 12 from Rapids striker Edson Buddle. Of those 18 goals, seven have been game-winners, four more than any other MLSer.

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.  

ACADEMY NOTES

U-14 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-14 Academy squad beat the San Mateo County Stars 8-0on Saturday. Luke Andrews and Amado Lozano each had braces while Pepe Diaz, Aleaxnder Guevara, Chris Sumano and Ivan Valencia accounted for the rest of the scoring. The U-14s are 6-0-0 this season and return to action against the De Anza Force on Sunday, Nov. 3.

U-16 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-16s were idle over the weekend and return to action against 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 and return to action against the De Anza Force on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Earthquakes Training Facility.