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WEEKLY UPDATE: March 20, 2017

The San Jose Earthquakes will take a break from MLS action for the FIFA International Break and will face Sacramento Republic FC in a friendly on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Papa Murphy’s Park.

San Jose heads into the match with a 6-0-0 all-time record against the Sacramento club. The Earthquakes defeated Republic FC 4-1 when the two sides last month on Feb. 25 in a preseason matchup. 
 

EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health 
Who: Earthquakes front office 
What: Get EQ Fit Opening Assembly
When: Monday, March 20
Where: Gardner Elementary in San Jose
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health 
Who: Earthquakes front office and midfielder Tommy Thompson
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Thursday, March 23
Where: Vallejo Mill elementary in Fremont
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health 
Who: Earthquakes front office and midfielder Tommy Thompson
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Friday, March 24
Where: Ramblewood Elementary in San Jose
 
Shop with a Cop Spring Reading Kick-Off
Who: Earthquakes mascot ‘Q’
What: Spring Reading Kick-Off with Shop with a Cop
When: Wednesday, March 22
Where: Santee Elementary in San Jose
 
Heart & Soles Run
Who: Earthquakes front office and mascot ‘Q’
What: Heart & Soles 6K & 10K dedicated to helping local children engage in healthy exercise and make better food choices on a daily basis
When: Saturday, March 25
Where: The run starts and ends at Santa Clara University and passes through Avaya Stadium
 
 
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
 
Annual Tradition
Wednesday’s match between the Earthquakes and Republic FC is the third consecutive season that Sacramento has hosted the Quakes for a friendly.
 
Undefeated
The Earthquakes currently have a 6-0-0 all-time record against Republic FC, having faced them in the U.S. Open Cup in 2014 and 2015, as well as preseason matches since 2014. The Quakes have scored at least two goals in five of the six meetings.
 
Former Affiliates
From 2014 to 2016, Republic FC and San Jose were affiliates. As part of their partnership, Sacramento received several Quakes players on loan, including Tommy Thompson, Kip Colvey, Adam Jahn and JJ Koval.
 
Part II
Wednesday night is the second time Republic FC and the Quakes will face each other in 2017. The two sides previously met at Avaya Stadium on Feb. 25, which resulted in a 4-1 Quakes win thanks to goals from Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen. Sammy Ochoa scored the lone goal for the visitors.
 
Series Leaders
Earthquakes forwards Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa are tied as top scorers in matches against Sacramento with two goals apiece.
 
Final Tune-Up Wednesday’s friendly against the Earthquakes is Republic FC’s final preseason match before their USL campaign begins on April 1.
 
 
THIS WEEK IN EARTHQUAKES HISTORY
A look back on important moments in Earthquakes history that took place during the week of March 20 – 26
 
March 21, 1997 – Acquired forward Ronald Cerritos as MLS allocated player
The Earthquakes acquired forward Ronald Cerritos as an MLS allocated player. The El Salvador native scored in his MLS debut against the LA Galaxy and registered and additional 11 goals during his first season for the Earthquakes, earning him MLS Best XI honors and a place in the 1997 MLS West All-Star team. Cerritos was the Quakes’ leading scorer from 1997 to 1999 and in 2001, Cerritos helped the Earthquakes win their first MLS Cup after finishing the season as the club’s top scorer once more and being selected to the West All-Star team. The forward left the Earthquakes after the 2001 season, but returned in 2005 for one final season with San Jose.
 
March 22, 2015 – Defeated Chicago Fire 2-1 in first-ever match at Avaya Stadium
The Earthquakes defeated Chicago Fire 2-1 in their inaugural match at Avaya Stadium. Rookie midfielder Fatai Alashe opened the scoring with the Quakes’ first-ever goal in their new stadium, while defender Ty Harden scored the eventual winner for the home side. Harrison Shipp scored Chicago’s lone goal, but it was not enough to sour the Quakes’ Avaya Stadium debut.
 

ACADEMY UPDATE
The San Jose Earthquakes Academy U-12, U-13, U-14, U-16 and U-18s all saw action over the weekend. One U-12 team defeated Placer United SC 2-0, while the other fell 4-3 to their Placer United SC rivals. The Quakes’ U-13s beat Placer United SC 4-1, while the U-14s fell to the Placer club 4-2. The Quakes’ U-16s and U-17s fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. On Sunday, the U-16s and U-17s fell to Crossfire Premier 3-0 and 2-0. Only the Quakes’ U-12 teams will see action next weekend when they face off against Star Academy FC’s U-12s on Saturday.