Weekly Update: April 7, 2014

Quakes return from bye-week to host Columbus on Sunday

The San Jose Earthquakes host the Columbus Crew on Sunday, April 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium, presented by Jack in the Box. Kickoff is 12 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Plus, UniMas, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF. The Earthquakes and Jack in the Box will give away 5,000 co-branded sunglasses to fans at the match.

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, New England Revolution 2; March 29, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes gave up a last minute goal to the New England Revolution to lose 2-1 at a rain-soaked Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski scored his second goal of the season in the defeat. The loss snapped the Quakes 21-game unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium in all competitions. The Revolution jumped ahead in the 35th minute through an own goal. After a ball slipped past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch, Victor Bernardez recovered to clear the ball, but he slipped and redirected it into the Quakes goal. San Jose came out flying in the second half and found the equalizer as Wondolowski scored for the second straight match at home. After a Cordell Cato cross was deflected, Wondolowski jumped on the loose ball and slammed it past Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth into the far post. Lee Nguyen grabbed the winner for the Revolution on a counter attack in the final seconds. Nguyen took a pass from Scott Caldwell and broke into the San Jose box, before firing a near-post shot past a diving Busch.

Earthquakes in April
The Earthquakes are 24-27-17 all-time in the month of April.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew All-Time
Regular Season: 13-18-6
Home games: 10-6-3 (35 GF, 33 GA)
Road games: 3-12-3 (19 GF, 29 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 3-2; Overtime (2000-03):1-1-1; MLS Cup Playoffs: 2-2-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring (MLS): SJ 54, CLB 62

All-Time Regular-Season Series Leaders:

                                    Earthquakes                                     Columbus Crew
Goals                          7 - Ronald Cerritos                              10 - Jeff Cunningham
Assists                      6 - Manny Lagos                                 6 - Jeff Cunningham
Shots                         27 - Cerritos/Corrales                         49 - Jeff Cunningham
Shots on Goal           16 - Ronald Cerritos               21 - Brian McBride
Fouls Committed    28 - Ramiro Corrales                           30 - Mike Clark
Fouls Suffered         45 - Richard Mulrooney                       44 - Brian McBride
Wins                           4 - Cannon/Onstad                              6 - Mark Dougherty
Losses                      11 - Joe Cannon                     2 - 5 players tied
Shutouts                   3 - Jon Busch                                      3 - Busch/Hesmer
Saves                         69 - Joe Cannon                                  25 - Busch/Presthus
Goals Allowed          34 - Joe Cannon                     9 - Hesmer/Presthus

All-Time Regular-Season Series Game Highs: 

                                    Earthquakes                                     Columbus Crew
Goals                          2 - 3 players tied                                 3 - Stern John (5/30/98)
Assists                      2 - 7 players tied                                 2 - Cunningham/Maisonneuve
Shots                                     7 - Ronald Cerritos (6/30/99)              8 - Stern John (5/30/98)
Shots on Goal           5 - Ronald Cerritos (6/30/99)              4 - 4 players tied
Fouls Committed   5 - 11 players tied                               6 - Brian McBride (9/7/02)
Fouls Suffered         7 - Brian Mullan (7/9/05)                      6 - 4 players tied
Saves                         11 - Joe Cannon (9/1/00)                    9 - Tom Presthus (7/21/01)
Goals Allowed          4 - Andy Kirk (5/30/98)                       4 - 3 players tied

Last Game vs. Columbus Crew

Earthquakes 1, Columbus Crew 1; March 16, 2013; Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
The Earthquakes pulled off another late comeback to tie the Columbus Crew 1-1 to pick up a valuable road point at Crew Stadium. Justin Morrow played the role of hero with a left-footed blast from just outside the box to level the game in the 73rd minute. Glauber scored the only goal for the Crew. San Jose is now unbeaten in its past six matches against Columbus. After a tight first half, the Quakes came out strong in the second half and created a number of chances. Shea Salinas had a right-footed drive saved by Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum and Chris Wondolowski had a shot cleared off the line by the Crew defense. However, the Crew struck first through a set piece. Federico Higuain swerved in a corner kick to the near post and Glauber powered through a few defenders to head home the game’s opening goal in the 68th minute. The Quakes struck back just five minutes later as Morrow, playing in his home state of Ohio, netted the equalizer. Ramiro Corrales found Morrow with nice pass at the left edge of the box and he smashed a left-footed shot past a diving Gruenebaum just inside the far post.

History of the Quakes – Crew Rivalry
San Jose and Columbus, two of the 10 original sides from the inaugural MLS season in 1996, have had a strong rivalry in MLS history, facing off on two separate occasions in the playoffs and competing in a number of memorable games … In 2001, the Quakes eliminated the Crew from the MLS Cup Playoffs with two convincing wins, 3-1 and 3-0, en route to winning the MLS Cup … Columbus turned the tables on San Jose in 2002 by knocking the Quakes out of the postseason with a pair of 2-1 victories that both came on 81st-minute goals … Quakes midfielder Ronnie Ekelund scored one of the best goals in league history against Columbus on Sept. 7, 2002, as Richard Mulrooney lifted a free kick up for Ekelund, who half-volleyed a shot from 25 yards out and into the upper corner … The Quakes went on to win 4-3 in overtime with current goalkeeper Jon Busch in net for the Crew … That result marked the team’s only regular-season overtime win in club history (1-1-26) … In 2010, both games ended in ties, the first a 2-2 result in San Jose and the second a 0-0 tie in Columbus … In 2011, the Earthquakes took the first game, 3-0 with goals from Wondolowski, Brandon McDonald and Khari Stephenson while the teams played to another scoreless deadlock in Columbus on July 16, 2011 … Their 2012 match-up had roots with the Earthquakes’ “Goonies never say die,” slogan as Alan Gordon scored a 90th-minute equalizer to lock the game at 1-1 on May 19 at Buck Shaw Stadium (one week later, Gordon would score a stoppage-time winner against the LA Galaxy, spurring teammate and former Crew forward Steven Lenhart to proclaim, “Goonies never say die!” … The two sides finished their 2013 affair in a 1-1 deadlock as Justin Morrow provided the come-from-behind moment for San Jose in the 73rd minute.

Earthquakes – Columbus Crew Connections
Quakes forward Steven Lenhart played the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Columbus Crew after being chosen No. 48 overall (Round 4) during the 2008 MLS SuperDraft … Lenhart produced 13 goals and four assists over 63 total appearances for the Crew, scoring four times in 10 games during the club’s MLS Cup championship season as a rookie in 2008 … Lenhart was acquired by the Quakes from Columbus in a draft-day trade on Jan. 13, 2011 … Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch also began his MLS career in Columbus, making 84 appearances with 25 shutouts there from 2002-06 … Quakes assistant coach Mark Watson made 14 appearances, all starts, for Columbus during the inaugural year of MLS in 1996 … Earthquakes midfielder Cordell Cato and Crew midfielder Kevan George both trace their roots to Trinidad & Tobago … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski briefly overlapped with Crew forward Dominic Oduro with the Houston Dynamo in 2009 … Earthquakes defender Ty Harden briefly played with Crew midfielder Tony Tchani in 2011 before the latter was traded to Columbus after 13 games … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10), Earthquakes defender Ryan Neil (2010-13) and Crew defender Tyson Wahl (2002-05) played for Cal … Earthquakes forward Mike Fucito (2004-08), Crew midfielder Hector Jimenez (2006-10) and Crew defender Ross Friedman (2010-13) played for Harvard … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza (2010-11) and Crew midfielder Fifi Baiden (2010-13) played for UC Santa Barbara … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin (2005-08) and Crew defender Michael Parkhurst (2002-04) played for Wake Forest … Earthquakes forward Billy Schuler (2008-11) and Crew forward Ben Speas (2011) played for North Carolina and won a national championship in 2011 … Earthquakes defender Joe Sofia (2010-13) and Crew defender Matt Wiet (2010-12) played for UCLA.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Unbeaten in Six vs. Columbus
The Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last six games against the Columbus Crew. San Jose is 1-0-5 in their last six games against the Crew with the lone win being a 3-0 result on May 14, 2011. The club’s last lost against Columbus was 3-0 on Aug. 8, 2009 at Candlestick Park as part of a doubleheader with FC Barcelona and Chivas de Guadalajara. San Jose’s only loss at Buck Shaw Stadium against Columbus came on May 10, 2008, 3-2, in the club’s expansion season.

Wondolowski vs. Columbus
Chris Wondolowski has two goals and two assists in 11 games against the Columbus Crew. Both goals came at home, the first to earn a 2-2 draw against the Crew on June 2, 2010 and the second a game-winner in a 3-0 result on May 14, 2011.

Wondolowski, Goodson Earn USMNT Caps vs. Mexico
Chris Wondolowski continued his top form for the Unites States Men’s National Team with a goal against Mexico in a 2-2 draw on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Wondolowski polished off a flicked Michael Bradley header toward the far post for his ninth goal for the Stars and Stripes. Wondolowski has found the net nine times in his last 10 USMNT appearances. Earthquakes teammate Clarence Goodson also earned a cap against Mexico, subbing on in the 59th minute and closing out the match at center back.

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.

Earthquakes Designate Supporters Section at New Stadium
The Earthquakes officially designated the Supporters Sections at their new stadium last week. The 1906 Ultras will be situated in Sections 117 and 118 in the main bowl of the stadium. The Casbah reorganized to incorporate San Jose’s newest Supporter Group, the Faultline, with the two groups residing in the lower Supporters Terrace.

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.

Fucito Impresses in 3-1 Sacramento Republic FC Win
Mike Fucito scored and had the game-winning assist for Sacramento Republic FC in a 2-1 result against Chivas USA on Monday in Southern California. Fucito opened the scoring with a goal in the 12th minute and tacked on an assist on Justin Braun’s 25th-minute tally to lead Republic FC to their first win in club history.

Bingham Plays 90 vs. Deportivo Saprissa
Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham played 90 minutes in a 1-1 tie for the San Antonio Scorpions against Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) on Saturday. Bingham is in San Antonio on loan with teammate Sam Garza, who did not make an appearance in the friendly. The Scorpions open NASL play on Saturday, April 12 against Minnesota United FC at 5:30 p.m. PT.

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

Marcinkowski Called to U.S. U-18 Duty
Earthquakes Academy goalkeeper and Alamo native JT Marcinkowski has been called to United States U-18 National Team duty ahead of friendlies against Mexico and Canada. Marcinkowski joined the USA in camp on April 4 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. and will remain with the squad through April 13.  The Americans host Canada on Tuesday, April 8 and Mexico on Saturday, April 12. The camp roster features a largely domestic crew, including seven players who represented the United States at the Copa del Atlantico hosted by the Canary Islands in February. Marcinkowski started for the USA in 1-0 losses against Spain and Argentina during the Copa del Atlantico.

Earthquakes U-14s
The Earthquakes defeated Diablo Futbol Club 5-0 over the weekend. Five different players got on the scoresheet, including: Leonardo Barajas, Mario Larios, Amado Lozano, Daniel Sanchez and Jota Yamaguchi. Sebastian Flores and Miguel Romano teamed up in goal to earn the shutout. The U-14s will return to action on Saturday, May 3 against Merced Atlas Soccer Academy.

Earthquakes U-16s
The Earthquakes U-16s drew Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0-0 and beat Crossfire Premier 2-1 over the weekend. Uriel Cordoba and Rory Birse accounted for San Jose’s scoring against Crossfire Premier. The three points solidified the Quakes’ second-place position in the Northwest Division with five regular season games remaining. Next up are home games against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, April 26 and the Portland Timbers on Sunday, April 27.

Earthquakes U-18s
The Earthquakes U-18s drew both of their matches over the weekend during a Southern California road trip. First up was a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on Saturday followed by a 1-1 result on Sunday against the LA Galaxy. Next up are home games against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, April 26 and the Portland Timbers on Sunday, April 27.