Weekly Update: April 21, 2014

Quakes host Chivas USA on Saturday; tickets still available

The San Jose Earthquakes host Chivas USA on Saturday, April 26 at Buck Shaw Stadium, presented by the County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste Program. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Last Game
Earthquakes 0, Colorado Rapids 0; April 21, 2014; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The Earthquakes picked up their first clean sheet of the season in a 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Despite missing both of their regulars on the depth chart at left back and starting right back Brandon Barklage, Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson was able to cobble together a backline that withstood the Rapids’ advances throughout the match. The Earthquakes also finished the game down a man after second-year forward Adam Jahn was sent off in the 87th minute. The Earthquakes put pressure on their hosts early and nearly found the net two minutes in. Alan Gordon had a look in front of goal after a Shea Salinas corner kick, but his header rattled the crossbar and bounced away. Chris Wondolowski had another golden chance in the 38th minute after losing his marker on a free kick from Salinas. Wondolowski snapped a header toward goal, but watched his shot shave the woodwork just high. Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch was largely untested in picking up his first shutout of the season. He made one save with Andreas Gorlitz, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson and Ty Harden providing cover on the backline. Gorlitz, a former Bayern Munich product, played 90 minutes in his San Jose debut while Harden went the distance in his first career start at left back. 

Earthquakes in April
The Earthquakes are 24-27-19 all-time in the month of April.

OPPONENT INFO
Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 7-6-6
Home: 4-3-2 (17 GF, 8 GA)
Away: 3-3-4 (12 GF, 12 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 29, Chivas USA – 20

All-Time Regular-Season Series Leaders:

                                    Earthquakes                                     Chivas USA
Goals                           10 - Chris Wondolowski                      4 - Justin Braun
Assists                        4 - Dwayne De Rosario                      2 - Jonathan Bornstein
Shots                           44 - Chris Wondolowski                      26 - Justin Braun
Shots on Goal             19 - Chris Wondolowski                      15 - Justin Braun
Fouls Committed          16 - Steven Lenhart                            12 - Kljestan/Sequeira
Fouls Suffered            15 - Alejandro Moreno                        11 - Mendoza/Villafana
Wins                            5 - Jon Busch                                      3 - Dan Kennedy
Losses                        4 - Joe Cannon                                    4 - Dan Kennedy
Shutouts                      5 - Jon Busch                                      2 - Kennedy/Thornton
Saves                          22 - Jon Busch                                    25 - Dan Kennedy
Goals Allowed            7 - Jon Busch                                      13 - Dan Kennedy

All-Time Regular-Season Series Game Highs: 

                                    Earthquakes                                     Chivas USA
Goals                           3 - Chris Wondolowski (10/20/10)      1 - 20 players tied
Assists                        2 - 4 players tied                                 1 - 18 players tied
Shots                           7 - 3 players tied                                 7 - Justin Braun (7/6/11)
Shots on Goal             4 - 3 players tied                                 3 - 8 players tied
Fouls Committed          6 - Brian Ching (4/9/05)                       6 - Oswaldo Minda (9/2/12)
Fouls Suffered            6 - De Rosario/Lenhart                        5 - Cuadros/Bolanos
Saves                          8 - Andrew Weber (10/17/09)            7 - Brad Guzan (6/12/05)
Goals Allowed            3 - Onstad/Cannon                              4 - Dan Kennedy (9/2/12)

Last Game vs. Chivas USA
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 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.

History of the Earthquakes-Chivas USA Rivalry
The two teams met for the first time on April 9, 2005, at Spartan Stadium, playing to a wild 3-3 draw … During the 2005 season, San Jose and Chivas USA met on three additional occasions: a 1-1 draw on June 12 at The Home Depot Center, a 3-0 win for the Earthquakes on Sept. 10 at Spartan Stadium, and a come-from-behind 2-1 Quakes victory on Sept. 17 in Carson in which Alejandro Moreno notched the 93rd-minute winner against his current club … Following that four-game unbeaten run by San Jose to begin the all-time series between the sides, Chivas USA has held the edge since the Quakes’ return in 2008, posting a 6-1-2 record over nine matches … The Quakes’ lone win during the stretch came on Oct. 20, 2010, when Chris Wondolowski posted a hat trick over 17 minutes after only coming off the bench in the 40th minute, for a 3-0 result at Buck Shaw … Chivas USA got an 85th-minute winner from Mariano Trujillo for a come-from-behind 2-1 win in the last meeting at Buck Shaw on April 23, 2011 … Wondolowski had given the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, with Moreno leveling the score for the Goats in first-half stoppage time … Chivas USA went on to sweep the 2011 season series with a 2-0 home shutout on July 6 … The two teams tied 1-1 in their first meeting of 2012 on May 13 with Alan Gordon providing a dramatic 89th-minute equalizer … On Sept. 2, 2012, the Earthquakes defeated Chivas USA for the second time since rejoining MLS in 2008, knocking off their Southern California counterpart 4-0 … San Jose built on that win with another on Sept. 6, 2012, knocking off Chivas USA 2-0 at The Home Depot Center for the first time since 2005 … In 2013, the Earthquakes drew 1-1 in their first meeting with Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center, which has since been renamed the StubHub Center … Chris Wondolowski recorded a brace to lead San Jose to a 2-0 win against Chivas USA in their second meeting of 2013 on Aug. 4, a match that saw the debuts of Clarence Goodson and Jaime Alas for the Earthquakes … The Earthquakes went a man down in the 81st minute with the game tied 0-0 in their final game against Chivas USA in 2013, but Chris Wondolowski found a game-winner in the 87th minute to keep the club’s MLS Cup Playoff hopes alive.

Earthquakes – Chivas USA Connections
Quakes defender Jason Hernandez made 50 appearances for Chivas USA from 2006-07 … Hernandez and Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy were briefly fellow members of the 2005 New York/New Jersey MetroStars … Kennedy (2001-04), Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (2005-07), Chivas USA defender Tony Lochhead (2001-04) and Quakes midfielder Sam Garza (2010-11) each played at UC Santa Barbara … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Kennedy are both natives of Yorba Linda, Calif. … Avila also played with Earthquakes defender Ty Harden for Toronto FC in 2011 and 2012 … Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling played for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 … Burling began his career with Chivas USA in 2007 and joined the Earthquakes via trade on Sept. 11, 2009 … Chivas USA forward Eriq Zavaleta (2011-2012) and Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson (2013) both played at Indiana University … Chivas USA midfielder Martin Rivero and Quakes forward Atiba Harris both played for the Colorado Rapids in 2013 … Chivas USA forward Luke Moore and Quakes defender Jordan Stewart are both from Birmingham, England … Chivas USA defender Carlos Bocanegra and Quakes defender Joe Sofia both played at UCLA.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Lenhart, Gordon Visit San Jose Steamrollers
Earthquakes forwards Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon took time to visit the San Jose Steamrollers last week. The Steamrollers are a local “Power Soccer” team, a competitive sport played in powered wheelchairs. For more information about the visit and a video chronicling the experience, click here.

Wondolowski vs. Chivas USA
Chris Wondolowski has been a nightmare for Chivas USA in recent years. San Jose’s leading scorer has 10 goals in his last 10 appearances against the Southern California club. Wondolowski had four goals in three games in 2013, one goal in 2012 and 2011 and four goals in two games in 2010. One of his most memorable performances came against Chivas USA on Oct. 20, 2010, coming off the bench to record a hat trick and tie then-LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle for the Budweiser Golden Boot lead with one game to play. Wondolowski went on to win the Golden Boot one week later, the first of his career.

Earthquakes Unbeaten in Six vs. Chivas USA
San Jose is 4-0-2 in its last six games against Chivas USA. Their last loss against the Rojiblancos was 2-0 on July 6, 2011 at the StubHub Center. The Earthquakes have out-scored Chivas USA 12-3 during the unbeaten stretch.

Koval Makes First Career Start
Earthquakes rookie midfielder JJ Koval made his first career MLS regular season start for the club in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Koval played 90 minutes as a center midfielder to help San Jose to their first shutout of the 2014 season. He has made appearances at right back, center back and center mid so far this season, including 120 minutes at center back in San Jose’s CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal at Deportivo Toluca FC on March 19.

Earthquakes Earn First Shutout of 2014
San Jose picked up its first clean sheet of the 2014 campaign in their 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Jon Busch was in goal while Andreas Gorlitz, Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson and Ty Harden teamed up on the backline. Last year, San Jose had 12 shutouts in all competitions and yielded just two goals over the final two months of the season.

Nesting Dolls Giveaway at Stanford Stadium, Presented by Wells Fargo
The Earthquakes and Wells Fargo have teamed up for a creative giveaway for the club’s June 28 match against the LA Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. Ten-thousand fans will receive a nesting doll featuring Chris Wondolowski, Clarence Goodson or Victor Bernardez in an Earthquakes jersey and with their native country’s flag on the back. Wells Fargo is also the presenting sponsor for the match.

Patriotic Celebration Planned for Stanford Stadium
Patrick Roberge Productions is back to produce their third-straight halftime show for the California Clasico at Stanford Stadium. The creators of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics will put together another patriotic show. This year’s edition will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 FIFA World Cup match between the United States and Brazil at Stanford Stadium. Once again, the match will feature the biggest fireworks show in the Bay Area with a 15-minute synchronized performance courtesy of Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, Inc. following the final whistle.

Loan Watch: Bingham, Garza Feature in San Antonio Win
Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham and midfielder Sam Garza each saw action in San Antonio’s 2-1 win against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, April 19. Bingham played 90 minutes while Garza started and played 45 minutes.

Moore Elected to Earthquakes Hall of Fame
Former player and general manager Johnny Moore has been elected to the Earthquakes Hall of Fame. Moore, a member of the inaugural Quakes team in 1974, will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame at the club’s 40th Anniversary Game on Saturday, May 10 at Buck Shaw Stadium. For more information about Moore’s career, click here.

Busch, Earthquakes Community Fund Team Up for Saves for SEALs Program
For the third consecutive season, the Earthquakes and goalkeeper Jon Busch have teamed up for the Saves for SEALs program. Busch has pledged to donate $50 for every save during the 2014 season to the Navy SEAL Foundation and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund has pledged to match that donation. Fans can also support Busch’s efforts by purchasing the Saves For SEALs ticket package for the California Clasico on June 28 at Stanford Stadium. This package includes four tickets in Section 125 (directly behind the north goal), four custom-camouflage Saves For SEALs T-shirts (designed by Busch) and a post-game meet-and-greet with Busch on the field following the fireworks. The package is $200 with 80-percent of the proceeds benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation.

New Stadium Season Tickets On-Sale May 1 Without Limitations
The club has set Thursday, May 1 as the general public’s on-sale date for season ticket packages at their new stadium without limitations. The May 1 on-sale date marks the first opportunity for fans, who are not currently Earthquakes season ticket holders, to purchase 2015 packages outside of the Corner Flag and End Zone sections. Current Earthquakes season ticket holders still have priority seating options through April 30. For more information, fans can visit www.sjearthquakes.com/newstadium or call 408-556-7700 to speak with an Earthquakes representative.

Tickets on Sale for Levi’s® Stadium Match
The Santa Clara Stadium Authority and the San Jose Earthquakes have partnered to present the first event at Levi’s® Stadium. The Earthquakes will host to Seattle Sounders FC in one of Major League Soccer’s most heated rivalries on Aug. 2, 2014. Tickets are now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

USMNT to Host World Cup Send-Off Match at Candlestick Park
The United States Men’s National Team will open a three-game FIFA World Cup send-off series against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park on Tuesday, May 27. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas. The match marks the first time the USMNT will visit Candlestick Park. The U.S. has only played in San Francisco once before, garnering a 3-2 win against Japan at AT&T Park in 2006. The match will also be the first time the United States and Azerbaijan’s senior teams have played against each other. In addition to the match in San Francisco, the United States will also face Turkey at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Sunday, June 1 (11 a.m. PT / ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas) and Nigeria at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday, June 7 (3 p.m. PT / ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas).

Earthquakes-Timbers Game on Oct. 4 to be Aired Live on NBC Sports Network
The club’s match against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, Oct. 4 will be aired live on NBC Sports Network. Kickoff is 8 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match was previously scheduled for local viewing at 7:30 p.m. PT. All tickets issued for that match will still be valid at the gates.

Wine And Dine with the Earthquakes Slated for Sunday, May 18
The club will host its Wine and Dine with the Earthquakes event on Sunday, May 18 at Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill. For a third-consecutive year, guests will enjoy tasting a selection of Guglielmo's red and white wines while mingling with Earthquakes players, coaches and front office staff at the Villa Emile Event Center. They will also experience the irresistible charm of a vintage cobblestone courtyard, a picturesque backdrop with vineyards and rolling hills and a wine bar and arbor still draped with grapes on vines planted by the Guglielmo family three generations ago. The event will feature a buffet dinner courtesy of Cosmopolitan Catering, live auction, raffle and grape stomp as well as celebrity bartending from Earthquakes players. For more information and to register, visit www.sjearthquakes.com or email the club’s community relations manager, Alison Piergallini, at apiergallini@sjearthquakes.com.

Earthquakes to Host Fifth-Annual Corporate Cup
The Earthquakes will host its Fifth Annual Corporate Cup on Saturday, July 26 in San Jose. The 5v5 tournament features companies from across the Bay Area, including past winners National Tire Warehouse, DZH Phillips and DV8 Elite. Teams are guaranteed at least three games and can choose to play in Men’s Corporate, Men’s Open or the Co-Ed divisions. Registration is now open at www.sjearthquakes.com or by calling 408-556-7700. All proceeds will benefit the Earthquakes Community Fund. Packages will include a fully catered meal by Cosmo Catering during the tournament and San Jose Earthquakes match tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Earthquakes Community Fund.

Earthquakes Unveil New Logo, Jerseys
The Earthquakes unveiled the club’s new logo during a public event attended by over 4,000 fans at San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose on Jan. 30. The club projected images and videos onto the 12-story Sunwize building at the corner of W St. John St. and N San Pedro St. For more information about the unveiling, visit www.sjearthquakes.com.

ACADEMY NOTES

Earthquakes at Generation adidas Cup
The Earthquakes wrapped up their participation in the 2013-14 Generation adidas Cup with a pair of dominant wins. First, they thumped Toronto FC 5-1. Kevin Perez, Rei Dorwart, Kaya Fabbretti, Amir Bashti and Ivan Valencia accounted for the scoring. They closed the tournament with a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rapids thanks to a brace by Bashti and another goal from Valencia. San Jose was 2-1-2 and finished in ninth place, a strong showing for the young Earthquakes in an event that featured teams from England, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States.