Fan Guide: Quakes look for three against D.C. United

Tickets still available to Quakes vs. DC United on Friday

Kickoff: July 11, 8:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
Television: NBCSN
Radio: 1370 KZSF, 1590 KLIV
Food Trucks: BBQ Kalbi, Speedy Panini, Twisted Chill, Rice Rockit, Soulnese 
Sponsor: Alaska Airlines 
Giveaway: 5,000 fans will receive a #MilesToEpicenter placard courtesy of Alaska Air

D.C. United Scouting Report
D.C. United currently sits atop of the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-5-4 and 28 points. They are coming off a 2-1 win against Eastern Conference foe Toronto FC on July 5 at BMO Field after second half goals from United midfielders Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen. Fabian Espindola leads the team with seven goals and eight assists on the season. D.C. United forward Luis Silva recorded the team’s first hat trick of the season in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Impact on June 11. D.C. United is one win away from tripling their win total from the 2013 MLS season after finishing with a league worst 3-24-7 record. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid leads D.C. between the pipes with four shutouts this season.

Last Game vs. D.C. United
D.C. United 1, Earthquakes 0; June 22, 2013; RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
D.C. United scored in the 11th minute on a penalty kick and held on for the 1-0 victory despite a flurry of second half chances for the Quakes. D.C. United scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick. Chris Korb got the ball in the box and was taken down as he created some space for himself. Chris Pontius then slotted home the spot kick past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch for a 1-0 United advantage. Busch came up with a good save in the 18th minute to keep the D.C. lead at one. John Thorrington picked up a loose ball at the edge of the penalty box and curled a shot toward the upper corner. Busch leapt and tipped the ball away to prevent the goal. Shea Salinas nearly found the equalizer just over 15 minutes into the second half. Sam Cronin found him inside the box with a nicely weighted ball. Salinas took a touch to control it, before firing a hard shot that forced United goalkeeper Bill Hamid into a difficult save. Adam Jahn also came close to tying up the match after a nifty play in the box. He received a through ball and cut back around his defender before curling a left footed shot. The ball beat Hamid but rang off the far post and out of play in the 73rd minute. A late sliding volley by Alan Gordon also just missed, as San Jose pushed forward looking for the equalizer.

Earthquakes – D.C. United Connections
D.C. United forward Chris Pontius and Quakes forward Steven Lenhart are both natives of Yorba Linda, Calif. … Quakes defender Brandon Barklage was drafted by D.C. United in the third round (36th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and played for United from 2009-11 … D.C. United midfielder Davy Arnaud and Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson were teammates with the Kansas City Wizards from 2004-05 … Arnaud was also teammates with Quakes forward Mike Fucito with the Montreal Impact in 2012 … D.C. United defender Nana Attakora played for the Quakes in 2011 and 2013 … Attakora and Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin were teammates with Toronto FC from 2009-10 … D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell and Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski were teammates with the Houston Dynamo from 2008-09 … D.C. United defender Steve Birnbaum went to Cal … D.C. United goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra and Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch were teammates with the Chicago Fire in 2009 … D.C. United forward Fabian Espindola and Quakes midfielder Atiba Harris were teammates with Real Salt Lake in 2007 … Espindola and Quakes defender Brandon Barklage were teammates with Real Salt Lake … D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson and Quakes forward Cordell Cato were teammates with Seattle Sounders FC in 2012 … Johnson and Quakes defender Clarence Goodson were teammates with the Dallas Burn in 2004 … Goodson (2000-03), D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp (2009-12) and D.C. United forward Christiano Francois all played at the University of Maryland … D.C. United midfielder Collin Martin (2012), D.C. United defender (2012-13) and Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin (2005-08) both played at Wake Forest … D.C. United midfielder Lewis Neal grew up an hour away from Quakes defender Jordan Stewart’s hometown Birmingham in Leicester, England … D.C. United defender Jeff Parke and Quakes defender Jason Hernandez were teammates with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2005 … Parke was teammates with Quakes forward Cordell Cato with Sounders FC in 2012 … D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe and Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch were teammates with the Chicago Fire from 2007-09 … D.C. United forward Michael Seaton, who is from Spanish Town, Jamaica, and Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson, who is from Kingston, Jamaica, grew up 28 minutes away by car from each other … D.C. United goalkeeper Joe Willis and Quakes defender Brandon Barklage are both from St. Louis, MO.