Fan Guide: Quakes host RSL for 2014 home opener

Quakes aim to begin season with three points

 

 

 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Television: CSN California
Radio: 1370 KZSF, 1590 KLIV
Sponsor: Visa
Giveaway: 10,000 fans in attendance will receive an Earthquakes World Cup poster 
Food Trucks: BBQ Kalbi, Twisted Chili, Lalo's Tacos, Speedy Panini, Gold Rush Eatery, Curry Up Now, Rice Rockit

Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 7-7-5
Home: 4-4-1 (17 GF, 13 GA)
Away: 3-3-4 (9 GF, 15 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; US Open Cup Play-In: 0-2-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 29, Real Salt Lake – 35

Real Salt Lake Scouting Report
Real Salt Lake (1-0-0, 3 pts.) won their season opener 1-0 on the road against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, March 8. Joao Plata scored in the 80th minute thanks to an assist from Kyle Beckerman, giving the visitors three points despite being out-shot 27-9. Most of the key pieces are back for last year’s MLS Cup runner-up. United States Men’s National Team pool players Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando return as well as Argentine playmaker Javier Morales and Costa Rican forward Alvaro Saborio. Among the other names to watch are up-and-coming midfielder Luis Gil and shifty striker Joao Plata.

Last Game vs. Real Salt Lake
Earthquakes 2, Real Salt Lake 1; Sept. 21, 2013; Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah
The Earthquakes continued their push toward the MLS Cup Playoffs with an historic 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake in front of a sold out crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium. In addition to three points, the Earthquakes celebrated their 200th win since joining MLS in 1996. Their first came on April 6, 1996 at Spartan Stadium, a 1-0 result against D.C. United in the league’s inaugural game. The match saw a flurry of goals midway through the first half with Steven Lenhart opening the salvo in the 18th minute. Rafael Baca sprayed a pass from midfield to Cordell Cato on the wing. The Trinidadian took a touch and sent a perfectly-placed cross toward the near post where Lenhart dove for a glancing header past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The hosts didn’t wait long to respond as Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales linked up on a corner kick one minute later. Beckerman looped a pass toward the far post where an unmarked Morales tapped home the tying goal. Lenhart capped the scoring moments later with a powerful header from close range. Shea Salinas took a free kick from 35 yards out that pinpointed the target man mid-stride, sealing San Jose’s second road win of the season.

History of the Quakes-Real Salt Lake Rivalry
Real Salt Lake joined MLS as an expansion side prior to the 2005 campaign … The two teams played to a 2-2 draw in their first-ever meeting on April 30, 2005, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, with Alejandro Moreno providing a late equalizer for San Jose … After going 2-0-2 over their first four MLS regular-season meetings, the Quakes dropped their first league tilt to RSL, 3-1, on May 31, 2008, at Rice-Eccles … The Quakes suffered two straight home defeats in league play in shutout fashion in back-to-back season openers in 2010 (3-0) and 2011 (1-0) … On March 19 the Quakes and RSL kicked off the 2011 season at Buck Shaw Stadium in a match later dubbed The Great Deluge as RSL took a 1-0 decision in a driving rainstorm through a 64th-minute Kyle Beckerman strike from 25 yards out that glanced off the left post and went in … That game marked Simon Dawkins’ MLS debut for the Quakes as a 66th-minute substitute … Real Salt Lake swept the 2011 season series with a 4-0 triumph in Utah on July 23 … The Quakes win against RSL on April 21, 2012 snapped a six-game winless streak in all competitions, including an 0-3-2 mark in the five prior MLS regular-season match-ups, and a loss via penalty-kick shootout in a 2010 US Open Cup play-in contest at Buck Shaw Stadium … The Quakes again beat RSL on June 23, 2012 by a 2-1 scoreline behind late goals from Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski for their first-ever win at RSL’s Rio Tinto Stadium …  RSL was the last Quakes opponent to play a regular-season match at Spartan Stadium, earning a 2-2 tie on Oct. 8, 2005 … San Jose was 3-0-0 against RSL in 2012, outscoring them 9-2 in the process … The Earthquakes dropped their first two games of 2013 against RSL, losing 2-0 on March 3 at Buck Shaw Stadium and 3-0 on June 1 at Rio Tinto Stadium, but bounced back for a key 2-1 win at Rio Tinto on Sept. 21 thanks to a brace from Steven Lenhart.

Earthquakes – Real Salt Lake Connections
Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Quakes defender Clarence Goodson have played with RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman and RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski suited up alongside RSL defender Tony Beltran in the USMNT’s 0-0 draw against Canada on Jan. 29 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium … RSL midfielder Ned Grabavoy appeared in 24 games for San Jose in 2008 … Grabavoy was a teammate of Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew in 2006 … Grabavoy played with Quakes forward Alan Gordon for the LA Galaxy from 2004-06 … Busch also played alongside RSL defender Chris Wingert with the Crew in 2004-05 … Wingert (St. John’s) and Quakes defender Jason Hernandez (Seton Hall) played against each other in the Big East Conference from 2001-03 … Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (2002-03) and RSL forward Robbie Findley (2003-06) attended Oregon State … Earthquakes midfielder Atiba Harris started his MLS career with Real Salt lake in 2006 and 2007, notching four goals and two assists in 43 appearances during his stay … Earthquakes defender Ryan Neil was a first-round pick (No. 18 overall) of Real Salt Lake in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, but went unsigned and was picked up by San Jose.

All-Time Regular-Season Series Leaders:

                                    Earthquakes                                     Real Salt Lake

Goals                          5 - Chris Wondolowski                        7 - Javier Morales
Assists                      3 - 3 players tied                                 6 - Javier Morales
Shots                         33 - Chris Wondolowski                      25 - Javier Morales
Shots on Goal           13 - Chris Wondolowski                      14 - Javier Morales
Fouls Committed    12 - Khari Stephenson                        18 - Javier Morales
Fouls Suffered         12 - Alejandro Moreno                        20 - Javier Morales

Wins                           4 - Jon Busch                                      7 - Nick Rimando
Losses                      4 - Jon Busch                                      5 - Nick Rimando
Shutouts                   2 - Busch/Onstad                                7 - Nick Rimando
Saves                         29 - Jon Busch                                    53 - Nick Rimando
Goals Allowed          13 - Jon Busch                                    18 - Nick Rimando

All-Time Regular-Season Series Game Highs: 

                                    Earthquakes                                     Real Salt Lake
Goals                          3 - Chris Wondolowski (7/14/12)        2- 5 players tied
Assists                      2 - 3 players tied                                 1 - 22 players tied
Shots                         8 - Stephenson/Wondolowski             9 - Yura Movsisyan (9/27/08)
Shots on Goal           4 - 3 players tied                                 5 - Yura Movsisyan (9/27/08)
Fouls Committed    5 - 4 players tied                                 4 - 6 players tied
Fouls Suffered         8 - Alejandro Moreno (6/18/05)          7 - Andy Williams (8/20/05)
Saves                         9 - Jon Busch (7/23/11)                      13 - D.J. Countess (4/30/05)
Goals Allowed          4 - Jon Busch (7/23/11)                      5 - Nick Rimando (7/14/12)