Weekly Update: May 12, 2014

Updates from the club; Quakes play at Seattle on Saturday

THIS WEEK

San Jose hits the road this week to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, May 17 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff is 7 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Plus, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Last Game

Earthquakes 2, FC Dallas 1; May 10, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Earthquakes played the entire second half down a man, but held on for a 2-1 win against FC Dallas at a sold out Buck Shaw Stadium. Cato scored his first goal of the season in the 25th minute. Jon Busch sent a long pass downfield that Clarence Goodson flicked past the FC Dallas backline and right into the path of Cato. The flying Trinidadian collected the ball and slotted his shot past goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. The assists were milestones for both Goodson and Busch – the first for Goodson in an Earthquakes uniform and the first for Busch in his 14-year MLS career. After Shea Salinas was sent off at the end of the first half for a hard challenge, San Jose organized at the break and came out with a resilient shape that held up for the win. The Earthquakes posted what turned into the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute. Sam Cronin bent a teasing free kick into the mix where FC Dallas substitute David Texeira deflected the ball into the net while trying to shield Chris Wondolowski from the play. FC Dallas pulled one back three minutes later on a spectacular free kick from the top of the box by Brazilian left back Michel. However, the Earthquakes’ defense regrouped and kept three points with a tenacious group effort. Busch ended the night with four saves and faced a total of 20 shots, five of which were on target.

Earthquakes in May
The Earthquakes are 31-32-18 all-time in the month of May.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC INFO

Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 7-5-1
Home: 4-1-1 (10 GF, 4 GA)
Away: 3-4-0 (6 GF, 11 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 0-0; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0; Playoffs: 0-0-0;
US Open Cup: 0-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 16, Seattle – 15
All-Time Regular-Season Series Leaders:

                                    Earthquakes                                     Sounders FC
Goals                           6 - Chris Wondolowski                        4 - Fredy Montero
Assists                        4 - Shea Salinas                                  3 - Mauro Rosales
Shots                           38 - Chris Wondolowski                      25 - Fredy Montero
Shots on Goal             17 - Chris Wondolowski                      11 - Fredy Montero
Fouls Committed          15 - Alan Gordon                                16 - Osvaldo Alonso
Fouls Suffered            14 - Corrales/Lenhart                          20 - Osvaldo Alonso
Wins                            5 - Jon Busch                                      4 - Kasey Keller
Losses                        3 - Jon Busch                                      4 - Michael Gspurning
Shutouts                      3 - Jon Busch                                      2 - Kasey Keller
Saves                          24 - Jon Busch                                    27 - Kasey Keller
Goals Allowed            11 - Jon Busch                                    9 - Kasey Keller

All-Time Regular-Season Series Game Highs: 

                                    Earthquakes                                     Sounders FC
Goals                           1 - 15 players tied                               2 - Lamar Neagle (5/11/13)
Assists                        2 - Shea Salinas (8/2/09)                    1 - 18 players tied
Shots                           6 - Chris Wondolowski (twice)           6 - Fredy Montero (3/31/12)
Shots on Goal             4 - 3 players tied                                 3 - 3 players tied
Fouls Committed          6 - Alan Gordon (9/22/12)                   6 - Zach Scott (7/13/13)
Fouls Suffered            5 - Steven Lenhart (twice)                 4 - 4 players tied
Saves                          6 - Jon Busch (7/31/10)                      10 - Kasey Keller (8/2/09)
Goals Allowed            4 - Jon Busch (5/11/13)                      4 - Kasey Keller (8/2/09)

Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0; July 13, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Honduran winger Walter Martinez scored his first career MLS goal to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-0 win against Western Conference rival Seattle Sounders FC in front of a sold-out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Earthquakes received a stellar effort from their defensive unit, limiting Sounders FC to six total shots and just one on goal. The clean sheet was San Jose’s second of the season, the last coming in a 1-0 win against Seattle on March 23 at Buck Shaw Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Martinez tallied the game’s lone goal three minutes into the final stanza. Steven Lenhart misfired from the top of the box, but Martinez found the ball, cut back and curled a close-range shot into the upper corner for his first goal since signing with San Jose on March 15, 2013. One minute later, Alan Gordon nearly doubled the Earthquakes’ lead after a long throw-in from Dan Gargan and a flicked header from Lenhart found the target man open in front of the goal. Gordon took a volleyed shot, but it went high of the target. Lenhart also had a golden opportunity to put San Jose in front by two, but his one-on-one with Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber was blocked.

History of the Quakes-Seattle Sounders FC Rivalry
The two teams first met in regular season play in 2009 when the Sounders joined MLS … San Jose won all three meetings in the 2012 regular season, including two wins at CenturyLink Field in Seattle … Chris Wondolowski scored the winner in a 1-0 win on March 31 in Seattle on a penalty kick, following a foul by Marc Burch on Steven Lenhart … Lenhart then scored a dramatic game-winner on Aug. 11 at Buck Shaw Stadium, netting a stoppage time goal following a late equalizer by Sounders FC … San Jose then took a 2-1 win on Sept. 22 at CenturyLink Field with goals from Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski … Seattle did win 1-0 over San Jose in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match at Kezar Stadium. Current Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato scored the winner for Seattle that night … The Quakes and Sounders FC played three times in 2009, with Seattle taking both meetings at what was then called Qwest Field (2-0 on April 25 and 2-1 on June 13), before the Earthquakes registered a 4-0 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 2 … In 2010, the Earthquakes edged the Sounders FC at Qwest Field, 1-0 on May 22 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal, while Seattle returned the favor at Buck Shaw on July 31 through a Fredy Montero strike … In 2011, the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw on April 2, while Seattle took a 2-1 decision at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 … San Jose won each of their three regular-season matches in 2012, each by one goal … Seattle Sounders FC knocked the Earthquakes out of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup in the quarterfinals, upending San Jose 1-0 on June 26 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco … They have squared off twice this season, with each team winning their home game. In the first meeting, San Jose won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal in first-half stoppage time … After dropping their second meeting of 2013 4-0 at CenturyLink Field, the Earthquakes bounced back for a gritty 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Walter Martinez on July 13.

Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders Connections
Seattle Sounders FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2009 season, a year after the San Jose Earthquakes rejoined the league following a two-season absence … Sounders FC sporting director Chris Henderson played with Quakes general manager John Doyle in the early 1990s for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart, Seattle midfielder Brad Evans, and Seattle defender Chad Marshall played together for the Columbus Crew in 2008 … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Marshall were teammates with the Columbus Crew from 2010-12 … Sounders FC forward David Estrada grew up in Salinas, Calif., starring at Alisal High School before moving on to UCLA … Quakes forward Cordell Cato made eight appearances for the Sounders FC in 2012, recording one assist … San Jose forward Mike Fucito played for Seattle from 2009-11, scoring three goals in 23 appearances … Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle were both traded from Seattle to the Montreal Impact on Feb. 17, 2012 for forward Eddie Johnson … After spending the majority of 2012 with the Portland Timbers, Fucito joined the Earthquakes on Feb. 13, 2013 … Seattle reacquired Neagle on Jan. 27, 2013 for an international roster spot … Jon Busch and Seattle goalkeeper Josh Ford both hail from New York … Sounders FC assistant coach Kurt Schmid attended Wake Forest, as did Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin and Sounders FC forward Sean Okoli … Seattle midfielder Brad Evans scored his first career goal against San Jose … Earthquakes forward Billy Schuler and Sounders FC defender Jalil Anibaba were teammates at North Carolina in 2010 … Earthquakes defender Joe Sofia, Seattle forward Chad Barrett, Seattle midfielder David Estrada, and Seattle defender Andy Rose played at UCLA … Sofia and Rose were teammates at UCLA from 2010-11 … Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon and Sounders FC forward Tristan Bowen were teammates with the Galaxy from 2009-10 … Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson and Sounders FC forward Kenny Cooper were teammates with FC Dallas from 2006-07 … Earthquakes midfielder Atiba Harris and Cooper were teammates with FC Dallas in 2009 … Earthquakes defender Brandon Barklage and Cooper were teammates with the New York Red Bulls in 2012 … Earthquakes midfielder Ryan Neil, Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham, and Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei played at Cal … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin and Frei were teammates with Toronto FC from 2009-10 … Earthquakes rookie JJ Koval, Seattle midfielder Aaron Kovar, and Seattle defender Chad Marshall played at Stanford … Koval and Kovar were teammates at Stanford from 2012-13 … Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson and Sounders FC defender Damon Lowe were both born in Kingston, Jamaica … Earthquakes midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi and Sounders FC defender Djimi Traore are both French and played in Ligue 1 in France … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Sounders FC forward Cam Weaver were teammates with the Dynamo and the Earthquakes in 2009 … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Sounders FC defender Jalil Anibaba were teammates with the Chicago Fire in 2013 … Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch and Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett were teammates with the Chicago Fire from 2007-08 … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin and Barrett were teammates with Toronto FC from 2009-10 … Busch and Sounders FC midfielder Marco Pappa were teammates with the Chicago Fire from 2008-09 … Earthquakes goalkeeper Bryan Meredith played for Seattle from 2011-12.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

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.

MLS, U.S. Soccer Announce Landmark TV Partnership with FOX, ESPN and Univision
Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer have signed new television and media rights partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision Deportes, reaching eight-year agreements with the networks to televise MLS and U.S. Soccer matches in the United States through the end of 2022. For the first time in Major League Soccer’s history, all three television partners will feature an exclusive MLS Match of the Week, providing soccer fans throughout the country with a destination day and time for each network. The Univision family of networks will televise a game of the week on Friday evenings -- primarily on UniMás -- and a wrap-up show on Sundays. The Friday night match on the Univision family of networks will be the first time a Spanish-language television network will have its own exclusive night with a major professional sports league based in the United States. Soccer fans will be able to enjoy a doubleheader of MLS action every Sunday, as ESPN and FOX Sports 1 will televise back-to-back MLS matches on Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT, respectively. More than 125 MLS matches will be televised annually on the three networks.

Wondolowski, Goodson on United States World Cup Preliminary Roster
Earthquakes stars Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski were among 30 players called by head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the United States’ 2014 FIFA World Cup camp. From this list, a squad of 23 players must be chosen by June 2 for the final roster that will travel to Brazil. The USA’s 23-player FIFA World Cup roster will be announced at a later date. The United States opens camp on Wednesday in Palo Alto, Calif. They’ll train in the Bay Area through May 26 before opening their Send-Off Series against Azerbaijan at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Tuesday, May 27 (7 p.m. PT / ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas). Tickets are on sale at www.ussoccer.com, www.ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 800-745-3000.

Bernardez on Honduras World Cup Preliminary Roster
Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez was among 23 players called to Honduras' preliminary World Cup roster by head coach Luis Fernando Suarez last week. Bernardez, 31, has 69 career caps with Los Catrachos. He was a part of Honduras’ 2010 World Cup squad and was a mainstay on their backline during the 2014 qualification process. Bernardez is in his third year with the Earthquakes after signing with the club on Dec. 28, 2011 after a three-year stint with Belgian giants RSC Anderlecht. He has five goals and three assists in 56 regular season appearances with the Quakes and was a 2012 MLS Best-XI selection. So far in 2014, he is second on San Jose’s scoring chart with two goals in seven games. Los Catrachos will play a trio of friendlies in the United States before departing for Brazil. First up is Turkey at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, May 29. Next, they’ll face Israel on Sunday, June 1 at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. Honduras closes its World Cup preparations with England at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, June 7. Honduras is in Group E along with Switzerland, Ecuador and France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Bernardez and his countrymen finished third in the CONCACAF hexagonal, earning their second-straight trip to the World Cup.

Cato Scores First Goal of 2014
Cordell Cato scored his first goal of 2014 and the second of his three-year MLS career in Saturday’s 2-1 win against FC Dallas. Cato sped by the last FC Dallas defender to collect a flicked header from Clarence Goodson just outside the box. He took a touch and then fired past goalkeeper Raul Fernandez to give the Quakes an initial 1-0 lead. Cato’s first career goal came in a 2-2 draw against Chivas USA on April 27, 2013.

First Assists
Jon Busch and Clarence Goodson each reached milestones with their assists on Cordell Cato’s goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win against FC Dallas. For Busch, it was the first assist in his 14-year MLS career while Goodson’s marked his first assist in an Earthquakes uniform.

Gorlitz Undergoes Season-Ending Injury
Earthquakes defender Andreas Gorlitz underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee on May 9. The procedure was performed by Dr. Zack Vaughn at Stanford Hospital. Gorlitz, 32, suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium. The former Bayern Munich right back made three appearances in his first season with the club. He signed on March 4, 2014 following a 12-year professional career in Germany.

Loan Watch: Bingham Earns Second Shutout for San Antonio
Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham picked up his second shutout for the San Antonio Scorpions in a 3-0 win against the Carolina Railhawks on Saturday at Toyota Field. Bingham made five saves to help the Scropions move up to No. 3 in the NASL standings with nine points from five games.

Earthquakes to Host Atletico Madrid at Candlestick Park on July 27
The Earthquakes will host UEFA Champions League semifinalist Atletico Madrid on Sunday, July 27 at Candlestick Park with kickoff at 4 p.m. PT. Tickets for the match will go on sale to the general public starting on Tuesday, May 20 at www.sjearthquakes.com. Earthquakes season ticket holders will have a special pre-sale starting on May 12 and will receive a discount off regular ticket prices. Those fans should look for an email from the club’s fan relations department. Suites and group tickets are available through the Earthquakes front office in person or by calling 408-556-7700. The club will also have designated supporter areas in sections 42 and 44.

New Stadium Season Tickets on Sale
Season tickets are now on sale for the Earthquakes' new stadium located on Coleman Ave adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. The 18,000-seat stadium is currently under construction and will feature a canopy roof and the steepest-raked seat in in Major League Soccer to provide the best possible fan experience. A two-acre fan zone, the largest outdoor bar in North America and a double-sided video display will also be featured in the new stadium. The suites and club seats are located at field level, giving fans a premium experience unlike any other in professional sports. For more information call 408-556-7700 or visit www.sjearthquakes.com/newstadium

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 U-14s
The Earthquakes drew 1-1 against San Juan SC at John Mise Park on Saturday. Alexander Guevara scored the lone goal for San Jose. The draw extended San Jose’s unbeaten streak to nine games. Their last loss was 3-2 against the Los Angeles Futbol Academy on Sunday, Nov. 17. The U-14s are 7-0-1 since the start of 2014. 

Earthquakes U-16s
The Earthquakes solidified their postseason bid with a 4-1 win against San Juan SC at Cal State East Bay on Saturday. Rei Dorwart had a brace while Yousef Diyab and Theo Huxham each had one goal in the U-16s final game of the regular season. They now await postseason seeding after finishing third in the Northwest Division with a 14-5-7 record.

Earthquakes U-18s
The Earthquakes wrapped up their 2013-14 campaign with a 4-3 win against San Juan SC at Cal State Easy Bay on Saturday. Alex Liua had a hat trick and Elisama Padilla also got on the scoresheet. The U-18s finished with an 11-9-6 record.