Weekly Update: Quakes host Rapids on Wednesday

Tickets still available for Quakes vs. Rapids on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff

The Earthquakes host the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Buck Shaw Stadium presented by Benjamin Moore. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose’s Record in October
The Quakes are 10-11-13 all-time in October in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, Chivas USA 0; Sept. 29, 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.

COMMUNITY SCHEDULE

2013 Silicon Valley Walk To End Alzheimer’s
Who: Earthquakes Mascot Q
Where: Fairwood Elementary School 1110 Fairwood Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089
When: Tuesday, October 1 at 1:15 p.m.

5K Walk/Run in Memory of BJ Hom
Who: Earthquakes Mascot Q
Where: Luke Cunningham Park, Cypress Pavilion, 2305 S. White Road, San Jose, CA 95148
When: Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.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 p.m.
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.

OPPONENT INFO

Colorado Rapids Scouting Report
The Colorado Rapids (13-9-9, 48 pts.) enter the week fifth in the Western Conference after a key 5-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC over the weekend. Rookie Deshorn Brown scored twice while Dillon Powers, Drew Moor and Gabriel Torres capped the scoring in the largest offensive output for the Rapids since Sept. 27, 2008 when they topped the New York Red Bulls, 5-4. Brown leads the squad with nine goals on the season while defender Chris Klute tops the assist list with seven. The Rapids can clinch a spot on the MLS Cup Playoffs by winning two of their last three games. After Wednesday’s match at Buck Shaw Stadium, Colorado hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, Oct. 19 and then closes its season in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Last Game vs. Colorado Rapids

Earthquakes 2, Colorado Rapids 1; June 15, 2013; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Steven Lenhart and Sam Cronin scored to lead the Earthquakes to a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Mark Watson’s first match as interim head coach of San Jose. The Earthquakes burst out of the gates to take the lead in the 11th minute. Justin Morrow sent a pass in the air that Alan Gordon nodded forward to his strike partner. Lenhart pulled the ball back and then fired between a pair of defenders from 23 yards out, beating Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin to the top shelf. The goal was Lenhart’s first of 2013. Cronin was next to the scoreboard in the 52nd minute. San Jose’s central midfield pairing teamed up to create the chance as Rafael Baca looped a perfectly weighted pass over Colorado’s defense to Cronin on the run. The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star nominee slotted his shot past Irwin for his first career game-winning goal. Colorado pulled one back in the 67th minute, but couldn’t find an equalizer. Brian Mullan sent a cross into the box and found Nathan Sturgis open at the top of the 6-yard box. Sturgis leapt and headed in his third goal of the season.

History of the Quakes-Colorado Rapids Rivalry
The two teams played for the first time in 1996 and the Quakes swept the four-game season series, outscoring Colorado 9-3 in the process … Ramiro Corrales’ first career start came against Colorado on May 8, 1996 … In 1997 Colorado won three of four and swept the Quakes in two games at San Jose … Colorado dominated again in 1998 and had a memorable win at Stanford where they edged the Earthquakes 4-3 in penalty kicks … The Earthquakes returned the favor and beat Colorado 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first match of 1999 and they split the season series 2-2 … 2000 saw the teams split the series again with the Earthquakes winning the first two meetings … on August 25, 2001 the Earthquakes scored three goals in four minutes for their second win of the year against the Rapids. Manny Lagos scored his second goal of the match on an assist from Junior Agogo. Two minutes later Landon Donovan scored on an assist from Ian Russell. Then in the 40th minute Donovan assisted Agogo for the fourth goal. The Quakes added one more and then cruised to a 5-2 victory … In 2002 the teams split the series … In 2003 the Quakes opened the season at Colorado and Brian Ching scored 53 seconds into the match and the Quakes were victorious 2-1 … 2004 began an unbeaten streak in which the Earthquakes did not lose to the Rapids from 2004-2010. The Quakes were 8-0-4 during the streak before losing 1-0 on August 7, 2010 … The two teams met again in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, but the Rapids beat the Quakes 1-0 on their way to winning the MLS Cup … The Quakes were unable to beat the Rapids last year, with the Rapids defeating the Quakes 2-1 on August 13, 2011 at Buck Shaw Stadium, and the sides tying 1-1 on September 24, 2011 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park … The Earthquakes swept their three games vs. Colorado in 2012, outscoring the Rapids 10-3 in the process … Chris Wondolowski’s most recent hat-trick came against Colorado on October 6, 2012 … Mehdi Ballouchy’s first career appearance for San Jose was against Colorado on August 25, 2012 … The Quakes and Rapids tied 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium in their first meeting of 2013 … The Earthquakes followed with a 2-1 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on June 15, the club’s first road win of the season and the first game on the sidelines for interim head coach Mark Watson.

 

Earthquakes – Colorado Rapids Connections
Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens played with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch in 2007 with Chicago ... Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan played with the Earthquakes from 2003-05 and played with Chris Wondolowski in Houston from 2006-09 … Rapids forward Edson Buddle was the runner-up to Wondolowski in the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot race as a member of the LA Galaxy … Buddle was a teammate of Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew from 2002-05 … Earthquakes defender Nana Attakora and Buddle played for Toronto FC in 2007 … Buddle also played with Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon from 2007-10 for the LA Galaxy … Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played for the Rapids from 2007-10, notching seven goals and 18 assists in 77 appearances … Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan began his career with the Colorado Rapids as a fourth round pick in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft; Gargan had three assists in 49 appearances from 2005-08 … Gargan played with Rapids forward Atiba Harris for Chivas USA in 2008 … Harris also played alongside Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 and Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for FC Dallas in 2009 and 2010 … Both Harris and Ballouchy started their careers with Real Salt Lake in 2006, playing two years with the Utah squad before parting ways … Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn and Rapids defender Kory Kindle area both from the Sacramento area … San Jose defender Justin Morrow and Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers are both Notre Dame alumni … Earthquakes players Walter Martinez, Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez and Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas have each represented the Honduran national team … Chavez and Rapids defender Drew Moor played together for FC Dallas in 2009 … Moor, Salinas and Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza each grew up in the Dallas area … Wondolowski and Rapids forward Gabriel Torres shared CONCACAG Gold Cup Golden Boot honors with five apiece, Wondolowski for the USA and Torres for Panama; Landon Donovan also had five during the competition.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Colorado Rapids
Forward Chris Wondolowski has seven goals and one assist in 14 games … Forward Alan Gordon has five goals and two assists in 18 games … Defender Ramiro Corrales has five assists in 34 games … Midfielder Marvin Chavez has two goals and four assists in nine games … Midfielder Sam Cronin has one goal and three assists in 10 games … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 8-7-5 with three shutouts in 20 games.

Colorado Rapids Leaders vs. San Jose
Forward Edson Buddle has nine goals in 17 games … Midfielder Nick LaBrocca has one goal and one assist in 11 games … Goalkeeper Clint Irwin is 0-1-1 in two games.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Milestone Alert
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.

Beitashour Called to Iranian National Team
Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour will join Iran for training camp ahead of their 2015 AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday, Oct. 15 in Tehran. He will depart for Iran after the club’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and will return after Team Melli’s match against Thailand. Beitashour, 26, is in his fourth year with the Earthquakes. The former Leland High School (San Jose) standout was a second-round selection (No. 30 overall) by the Earthquakes in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He has appeared in 84 games during his professional career, recording two goals and 16 assists in the process. He started the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, helping the league to a 3-2 win against Chelsea FC at PPL Park on July 25. The attack-minded right back has yet to make an international appearance for his native United States or Iran. 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.

Bernardez, Chavez Called to Honduras Duty
Earthquakes players Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez have been called to Honduran national team duty ahead of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica and Jamaica. Honduras is third in the group with two games remaining and can secure their passage with a win and a draw. They’ll first face Costa Rica at home on Friday, Oct. 11 followed by a road trip to take on winless Jamaica on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Bernardez, 31, has 66 career caps with Los Catrachos. The 2012 MLS Best XI selection has been a mainstay on the back line for his home country during the qualification process. He has started seven of Honduras’ eight matches in the hexagonal and featured in each of their six matches during the third round of qualifying. Bernardez anchors an Earthquakes back line that has recorded seven shutouts in 2013, including three in the month of September. He has one goal and one assist in 23 appearances for the Earthquakes this season.   Chavez, 29, has 38 career caps for his country. The La Ceiba native last suited up for Los Catrachos as a substitute in their 2-1 win against Mexico on Sept. 6. He was also a key component of their 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup squad, appearing in four of five matches and scoring a goal in a 2-0 win against Haiti on July 8 at Red Bull Arena. Chavez has appeared in three games off the bench for Honduras during hexagonal play. Chavez has one goal and one assist in 15 appearances for San Jose in 2013.

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, 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 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 $8,000 so far this season thanks to 32 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.

ACADEMY NOTES

Marcinkowski Called to United States U-18s
Earthquakes academy player JT Marcinkowski was called to United States U-18 duty by coach Javier Perez last week. The U.S. held a weeklong, 36-player training camp at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Sept. 22-29 to prepare for the tournament. The 18 players selected from the camp departed Sunday, Oct. 6, for Paris, France. The team begins play Wednesday, Oct. 9, against France at 7 p.m. local time before facing the Czech Republic on Friday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. local time. The U.S. wraps up tournament play on Sunday, Oct. 13, against Poland at 3 p.m. local time. All matches will take place at Parc Municipal des Sports de Beaublanc in Limoges.

U-14 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-14 Academy squad continued their undefeated start to the season with a 4-0 win against Atlas Merced at Merced High School on Saturday. The Earthquakes are 4-0-0 with their next match to come on Saturday, Oct. 19 against Juventus Sport Club at the Earthquakes Training Facility in San Jose.

U-16 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-16s picked up a pair of road wins over the weekend, topping the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC by a 3-1 scoreline on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Earthquakes are 4-2-0 this season, tied for tops in the Northwest Division at 2.0 points per-game. Next up is the De Anza Force on Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Earthquakes Training Facility.

U-18 Update
The Earthquakes’ U-18s drew their two road games over the weekend with a 2-2 result against the Portland Timbers on Saturday and a 1-1 final against Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. San Jose is mid-table through six games with an 0-3-3 record. They return to action on Sunday, Nov. 3 against the De Anza Force at the Earthquakes Training Facility.