Weekly Update: April 4, 2016


The Earthquakes head back on the road to face off against Western Conference foe FC Dallas on Saturday, April 9 at Toyota Stadium. The match kicks off at 6:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on MLS Live, 1590 KLIV (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish), while also appearing via tape delay on CSN California at 11 p.m.

Last Saturday, the Quakes celebrated the 20th anniversary of the league’s inaugural match at Spartan Stadium in San Jose by taking on the same opponent, D.C. United, and welcoming back players and staff of the original team. Forward Adam Jahn scored in the waning moments of regulation to force a 1-1 draw, securing a point for the home side. Midfielder Shea Salinas tallied his first assist in 2016, making him the sixth Earthquakes player to earn an assist so far this season.


Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time
MLS Regular Season:
15-7-6 (49 GF, 31 GA)
10-12-6 (38 GF, 36 GA)
All-Time Scoring:
San Jose – 87, FC Dallas – 67
Last Game vs. FC Dallas
Earthquakes 1, FC Dallas 2; October 25, 2016; Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
The San Jose Earthquakes fell to FC Dallas 2-1 at Toyota Stadium to close out their 2015 season. The Earthquakes nearly got on the board after just 11 minutes. Midfielder Shea Salinas intercepted a pass and fed forward Chris Wondolowski into the box. Wondolowski laid the ball off for forward Quincy Amarikwa, whose one-on-one attempt was saved by goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez. Just two minutes later, Amarikwa created another chance and found the back of the net. Receiving a long ball over the top, Amarikwa muscled two defenders off the ball before calmly slotting his left-footed attempt past Gonzalez. It marked his sixth goal of the season, with all six coming away from home. FC Dallas drew level in the 38th minute. After a ball was played across the six-yard box, a scrum ensued with midfielder Mauro Diaz eventually playing it past Quakes keeper David Bingham. In the 52nd minute, the Quakes nearly retook the lead. An out-swinging corner kick by Matias Perez Garcia was met in the air by Wondolowski, whose glancing header missed just wide of the far post. San Jose fell to 10 men when Perez Garcia was shown a straight red card in the 67th minute. Thirteen minutes later, FC Dallas took advantage of the extra man and tallied a second goal when midfielder Victor Ulloa was played in by Fabian Castillo and slid the ball inside the near post.
History of the Quakes – FC Dallas Rivalry
The Earthquakes were 9-1-4 in the final 14 games against Dallas prior to San Jose’s relocation to Houston … The Quakes posted a seven-game winning streak during that stretch from July 20, 2002-Apr. 15, 2004 … San Jose and Dallas met in an important match on Oct. 16, 2004, as San Jose needed a win or a tie to advance to the playoffs, while Dallas needed a win to clinch the final berth in the playoffs. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie at the Cotton Bowl, giving San Jose a spot in the playoffs, while Dallas did not qualify. Ramiro Corrales scored the Quakes second goal in that game … On Sept. 27, 2003, San Jose’s Dwayne De Rosario scored the fastest goal from the start of the game in MLS history, netting a goal 11 seconds into the match at Spartan Stadium against Dallas. De Rosario would go on to net a hat trick in the game, the second hat trick in Quakes team history … The Earthquakes won both matches against FC Dallas last season … The Earthquakes defeated FC Dallas in a 2-0 road win in the first meeting of this season on Mar. 26, and closed out the 2011 season with a 4-2 win at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 22 … In their first meeting this season, the two teams battled to a scoreless draw on July 7 at FC Dallas Stadium … The Earthquakes followed up with a 2-1 win on July 18 at Buck Shaw Stadium … The Quakes’ plus-25 goal differential against FC Dallas is the highest against any team in the league … San Jose is riding a six-game unbeaten streak against FC Dallas … The Earthquakes were 1-1-1 against FC Dallas in 2013 … FC Dallas won their first meeting of 2012 1-0 at FC Dallas Stadium thanks to a strike from Fabian Castillo … The Quakes and FC Dallas tied 2-2 on August 24 after three red cards were issued … The Quakes capped off the 2013 campaign with a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium in Ramiro Corrales last game of his career … San Jose won their first two meetings against FC Dallas in 2014, each with a score of 2-1, before dropping the third game 5-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium on August 16 … On March 7, 2015 the Quakes dropped the season opener at FC Dallas with a stoppage time goal, 1–0 … In the second matchup of the 2015 season, San Jose kept a scoreless draw at Avaya Stadium on June 7 despite finishing the game with only nine men … The Earthquakes 2015 season came to an end by falling to FC Dallas 2-1 in the regular season finale after going down to 10 men in the second half.
Earthquakes – FC Dallas Connections
Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson began his career as a member of the Dallas Burn in 2004 (they re-named the club FC Dallas one year later) … Goodson was the No. 7 overall pick for Dallas in the 2004 SuperDraft and went on to record three goals and two assists in 74 appearances during his four seasons in Texas … Goodson (2000-03) and FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz (2005-06) played college soccer at Maryland … FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski have played together numerous times with the U.S. Men’s National Team … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas grew up in the Dallas area and played USL soccer in the summer for Dallas-Fort Worth Tornados in 2005 and 2006 … Earthquakes defender Marvell Wynne (2004-05) and forward Chad Barrett (2003-04) and FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead (2009-12) all attended UCLA … FC Dallas midfielder Atiba Harris played on the Earthquakes in 2014 … FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead and Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn and midfielder Tommy Thompson are all from Sacramento, Calif … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas (2004-07) and FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman (2011-12) both attended Furman University … Quakes midfielder Matias Perez Garcia and defender Andres Imperiale, as well as FC Dallas midfielders Mauro Diaz and Mauro Rosales and forward Maximiliano Urruti were all born in Argentina … San Jose defender Victor Bernardez and FC Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa are both from Honduras and played on the national team together from 2004-2014 … Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato and FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Rosales played together on Sounders FC in 2012.
Scoring Late
The Quakes scored a game-tying or game-winning goal in the 88th minute or later for the first time since Atiba Harris’ 94th minute goal on
September 27, 2014
, which gave San Jose a 1-1 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The last time it happened at home was on
March 15, 2014
, when Victor Bernardez leveled the match against Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium at 3-3 with his 95th minute strike.
San Jose has now scored a goal in the 88th minute or later in back-to-back games for the first time since Steven Lenhart tallied in stoppage time vs. Chicago (7/28) and Seattle (8/11) in 2012.
Shutouts Shut Out
The Quakes have now scored at least one goal in 17 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS.
Back on the Score Sheet
In his 2016 debut, forward Adam Jahn scored his sixth career goal and first since May 5, 2015.
Salinas Assist
Midfielder Shea Salinas tallied his first assist of the season last Saturday and the 37th of his career.
Spread the Wealth
The Quakes have six different players with one assist this season. The club’s six total assists rank tied for fourth in MLS.
Welcome Back
Defender Shaun Francis returned to the starting XI against D.C. United after missing the previous two games to injury.
Starting XI Debuts
Midfielders Tommy Thompson and Matias Perez Garcia each made their first start of the season against D.C., playing 90 and 75 minutes, respectively.
None or One and Done
The Earthquakes have allowed one-or-fewer goals in eight consecutive games at Avaya Stadium.
Among the League Leaders:
Several Quakes rank among the league leaders in various statistical categories:

  • Quincy Amarikwa – 12 fouls suffered, tied for fourth most in MLS.
  • David Bingham – 2 wins, tied for second most in MLS.
  • Chris Wondolowski – 3 goals, tied for second most in MLS.

Up for the Challenge
When San Jose travels to take on FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium, they will come up against one of the top teams in Major League Soccer this season. FC Dallas’ 10 points in five games is tied for the second-best points-per-game average in MLS (2.0), trailing only Sporting KC (2.25). FC Dallas is currently the total points leader in the league.
MLS Launches Annual Anti-Discrimination Campaign Don't Cross the Line
Major League Soccer, through MLS WORKS, the league's community outreach initiative, launched its annual anti-discrimination campaign, Don't Cross the Line. Don't Cross the Line is MLS's commitment to supporting communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, club, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. The 2016 campaign will highlight the partnership with the nonprofit organization RISE, as MLS joins efforts in eliminating discrimination, bias, prejudice and harassment, while encouraging our fans to Take the Pledge with RISE.
Avaya Stadium to Host Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2016 Light The Night Walk
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that Avaya Stadium will host the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2016 Light The Night Walk for the Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22. Held annually, the Light The Night Walk raises vital funds for the fight against blood cancers. An event that provides hope and inspiration, survivors, those battling the disease, friends, family and co-workers form teams to take part. Participants switch on symbolic lanterns to bring light to the dark world of cancer. A specially-commissioned video marking the announcement of the walk can be seen 
Earthquakes Acquire Former U.S. Youth National Team Defender Kofi Sarkodie in Trade with Houston Dynamo
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the club acquired defender Kofi Sarkodie from the Houston Dynamo in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money. Sarkodie, 25, appeared in 98 games (94 starts) for the Houston Dynamo after being drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. In addition to tallying 10 assists from 2011-15, he scored in a 3-1 win over D.C. United in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals to help the club advance to MLS Cup. He was later named the Dynamo Defender of the Year in 2013 after leading the club in minutes played that season. A product of the U.S. Youth National Team system, Sarkodie has represented the red, white and blue at several levels, including U-20 and U-23. He was also a member of the U.S. U-17s at the 2007 U-17 FIFA World Cup in South Korea.