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Earthquakes Weekly Update: May 16, 2011

San Jose to Host New England on Saturday May 21 at Buck Shaw Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes host the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, May 21 in an MLS league game presented by Xfinity. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on television on Comcast SportsNet California and on the radio at KZSF 1370 (Spanish) and KDOW 1220 (English).

Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution All Time
MLS Regular Season: 17-11-5
Home: 8-5-3
Away: 9-6-2
Shootout (1996-99): 0-2
Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-3
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 61, New England – 42

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 5/16/11
Tuesday, May 17 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility
Wednesday, May 18 – Off
Thursday, May 19 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Friday, May 20 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Nutrilite Training Facility
Saturday, May 21 – 7:30 p.m. PT – San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution, Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Sunday, May 22 – Off

Injury/Discipline/International Duty Report
Out: Simon Dawkins (R/L – bilateral fasciotomy), Andre Luiz (L – knee injury); Doubtful: Tim Ward (R – hamstring strain); Questionable: Scott Sealy (L – hamstring strain).

Last Game
Earthquakes 3, Columbus Crew 0; May 14, 2011; Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
After a scoreless first half, the San Jose Earthquakes broke through for three second half goals to cruise to a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Quakes scored all three goals in a 12-minute span to break open a tight game. Chris Wondolowski started things off with his fifth goal of the year and Brandon McDonald gave San Jose a 2-0 advantage when Steven Lenhart’s header on a corner kick deflected off his backside and into the goal. Khari Stephenson capped the scoring spree with a 25-yard blast into the upper corner.

Last Game versus New England
Earthquakes 0, New England Revolution 0; May 15, 2010; Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
San Jose battled New England to a tough 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The Earthquakes outplayed the home team and outshot their opponents six to four, but were unable to put one past Revolution goalkeeper Preston Burpo. Joe Cannon earned the clean sheet for the Quakes.

Misc. Notes

Quakes to Host West Bromwich Albion of English Premier League on July 12
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that the club will host West Bromwich Albion from the English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday, July 12 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT. Individual tickets are on sale at SJEarthquakes.com and by calling (800) 225-2277. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “B” ticket for the match. Prices for individual seats range from $20 to $50. West Brom is laden with internationals from around the globe Scott Carson (England), Marek Čech (Slovakia), Somen Tchoyi (Cameroon), Pablo Ibáñez (Spain), James Morrison (Scotland), Steven Reid (Republic of Ireland), Abdoulaye Méïté (Ivory Coast), Gabriel Tamaş (Romania), , Gonzalo Jara (Chile) and Dean Kiely (Republic of Ireland). Ibáñez was a starter for Spain alongside Carlos Puyol at center back during the 2006 World Cup.

Quakes to Host Chicago Fire in U.S. Open Cup Qualifier on Tuesday, May 24
After defeating the Portland Timbers on May 3 at JELD-WEN Field 1-0 on an overtime goal by Ike Opara, the San Jose Earthquakes now host the Chicago Fire on Tuesday, May 24 at Buck Shaw Stadium in another Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-in game. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT. With a win against the Fire, the Quakes would advance to the Round of 16 of the main draw of the U.S. Open Cup. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game “A” ticket for the match. Tickets for the game go on sale to the general public Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. PT at SJEarthquakes.com and by calling (800) 225-2277. Prices for individual seats range from $20 to $50.

Brandon McDonald Credited for Earthquakes Second Goal against Columbus
Major League Soccer ruled that the second goal scored by the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday against the Columbus Crew has officially been credited to Brandon McDonald. The score was initially given to Steven Lenhart after the striker headed a corner kick from Joey Gjertsen toward the net before deflecting off McDonald’s back and into the goal. Subsequently, Lenhart’s received credit for his first career assist in an Earthquakes uniform. San Jose went on to win the match 3-0 with additional goals by Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson.

Wondolowski to Throw Out Ceremonial First Pitch at Wednesday’s Oakland A’s Game
San Jose Earthquakes forward and 2010 MLS Budweiser Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski will throw the ceremonial first pitch when the Oakland A’s host the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:05 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet California. Wondolowski is the second Earthquakes player in recent history to be honored before an A’s game. Geovanni, the first Designated Player in club history, took the mound in 2010. Wondolowski has tallied five times so far in 2011, tied for third-most in MLS. He also leads the league in shots taken with 36, and is third in shots on goal with 14. One year ago, the Danville, Calif. native scored a league-high 18 goals and finished No. 3 in the Volkswagen MVP voting.

Live Radio Webcast on SJEarthquakes.com for US Open Cup Qualifier against Chicago Fire
The Earthquakes will host a live radio webcast for their U.S. Open Cup qualifying match against the Chicago Fire on Tuesday, May 24 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The radio webcast will be available at sjearthquakes.com/usocradio, which will allow fans who can’t make it to Buck Shaw Stadium the chance to follow all the action with Charles Wollin on the play-by-play alongside club ambassador Kelly Gray. The Earthquakes are aiming to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 for the first time since 2005 and would do so with a win next week.

Wondolowski and Stephenson Nominated for MLS Goal of the Week
Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson have been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for their efforts from the past week. Wondolowski scored on a nifty back-heel flick in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver on Wednesday. Three days later, Stephenson took a pass from Bobby Convey and pelted the net with a booming shot from 25 yards out to put a cap on the Quakes 3-0 win against Columbus. Also nominated in this week's poll are Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire, Justin Braun of Chivas USA and David Beckham of LA Galaxy. To vote, visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/att-goal-week or text “GOAL” to 22442. Voting runs from 12 p.m. ET on Mondays until 11:59 pm PT time on Thursdays.

Wondolowski Moves into Fourth Place All Time on the Quakes’ Scoring Charts
San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski continues to inch up the franchise’s all-time scoring charts. Wondo scored two goals last week, one against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday and another against the Columbus Crew on Saturday, giving him 26 with the Quakes. Those goals moved Wondolowski past Brian Ching for No. 4 on the club’s all-time scoring chart. Up next for the Danville, Calif. native is Dwayne De Rosario, who scored 27 for the team from 2001-2005. The career leader for the Quakes is Ronald Cerritos, who notched 61 from 1997-2001 and in 2005.  

Busch Among MLS Career Leaders List for Shutouts
Jon Busch is No. 8 on the MLS career shutouts list with 55 after his clean sheet this past weekend against Columbus. The Earthquakes’ starting goalkeeper has recorded nine clean sheets in San Jose. He earned 21 shutouts during three seasons (2007-09) with the Chicago Fire and had 25 in five seasons with the Columbus Crew (2002-06).

Johnson Tallies First Points of the Season
Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson earned his first points of the season last week with a pair of assists. Against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday, his perfect low cross from the left was craftily back-heeled in by Chris Wondolowski. He again partnered up with ‘Wondo’ on Saturday by swinging in another cross from the left that was volleyed home from close range by the Quakes striker. Johnson has 13 career assists with the Quakes.

Brad Ring Notches First Career Point
San Jose central midfielder Brad Ring tallied his first career point on Saturday against the Columbus Crew. Ring played the ball out wide to Ryan Johnson on the left, who in turn crossed into the area for Chris Wondolowski to volley home in the 50th minute, with the midfielder. Ring has made 15 appearances in his three years with the Earthquakes and made his seventh career start on Saturday.

Lenhart Earns First Point with San Jose
Off-season acquisition Steven Lenhart earned his first point with the San Jose Earthquakes after recording an assist against his former team, the Columbus Crew, on Saturday. While Lenhart was originally credited with a goal, Major League Soccer later changed the official ruling because the ball deflected off teammate Brandon McDonald’s backside before going into the net. Lenhart thus earned credit for an assist after heading the ball towards the Crew goal. The Quakes went on to win the game 3-0 with additional goals from Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson.

History of the Quakes – Revolution Rivalry
The Quakes are 17-11-5 all-time against the New England Revolution in the regular season, and dominated the series from 2001-2005. The Quakes did not lose to New England for 12 straight games, putting together a 9-0-3 record from May 5, 2001-Oct. 1, 2005. The Revs had not beaten the Quakes since July 22, 2000, until their victory on May 17, 2008. San Jose has outscored New England by a 61-42 all-time total. The Quakes have also lost just twice at Gillette Stadium, home of the Revolution, posting a 5-2-1 record there since 2002. Last season, the Earthquakes beat the Revolution at home 2-0 on April 17, with goals from Chris Wondolowski and Ike Opara, and tied 0-0 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on May 15.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Revolution
Earthquakes goalkeepers Jon Busch has seven wins, five ties and five shutouts in 15 career games … Forward Scott Sealy has three goals and one assist in eight appearances … Midfielder Bobby Convey has five assists in 15 appearances … Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart and Ike Opara each have one goal against New England.

Revolution Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Revolution forward Kheli Dube has scored two goals in his five career appearances against the Quakes, including the game-winner in the 2009 home opener for San Jose … Midfielder Shalrie Joseph has tallied two assists in 10 career appearances … New England goalkeeper Matt Reis has four wins, two ties and two shutouts in his career.
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Earthquakes – Revolution Connections
Quakes midfielder Andre Luiz played with Didier Domi at Paris Saint-Germain during the 2002/2003 season ... Quakes midfielder Anthony Ampaipitakwong played youth soccer with Revolution midfielder Stephen McCarthy with Dallas Texans SC, and won a national championship together in 2005 ... Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham played with Revolution defender AJ Soares at the University of California for three years ... Bobby Convey appeared with Benny Feilhaber for the United States National Team in 2007 … Revolution midfielder Stephen McCarthy spent three years at Santa Clara University ... Quakes defender Ike Opara and midfielder Sam Cronin played with Revolution forward Zach Schilawski and midfielder Pat Phelan at Wake Forest. All four players were a part of Wake's 2007 championship team ... Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Burns played for the Earthquakes during the 2000 season ... Revolution defender Ryan Cochrane played two different stints with the Earthquakes. His first stint was from 2004-2005, appearing in 32 games during that span. Cochrane returned to San Jose in 2008, making 21 appearances. Cochrane also played his college soccer at Santa Clara ... Quakes assistant coach Mark Watson was an interim assistant coach with New England during the 2009 playoffs ... Quakes forward Ryan Johnson is from Boston ... Quakes midfielder Brad Ring played at Indiana with Revolution defender Kevin Alston.

Earthquakes-LA Galaxy Match Time for June 25 Changed to 3:30 p.m. PT
The San Jose Earthquakes have announced that the game time for their June 25 match against the LA Galaxy at Buck Shaw Stadium has been changed to 3:30 p.m. PT on FOX Soccer. Additionally, individual tickets for that game are now on sale. In 2010, Chris Wondolowski stunned a league-leading LA Galaxy squad with a fourth minute goal that would stand up for a 1-0 win. The Earthquakes drew a record crowd of 10,799 at Buck Shaw Stadium for the day game on Aug. 21. San Jose is 3-3-2 against LA Galaxy since returning to MLS in 2008 and holds a 9-7 scoring advantage over that stretch.

Academy Update: U16s Draw, U18s fall to Cal Odyssey in Clovis
The Earthquakes Academy teams continued their busy May schedule on Saturday with both the U16 and U18 teams travelling to Clovis to take on Cal Odyssey. The U18s fell 3-2 in the earlier match while the U16s drew 0-0, stretching their unbeaten streak to four games. Both teams will take next weekend off before closing out May against local rivals De Anza Force. With Saturday’s draw, the U16’s are one point away from second place in the Pacific Northwest Division and will end their season in June against the two teams currently topping the table, Crossfire Premier on June 11 and Seattle Sounders FC on June 12.

Brad Ring to Visit Campbell Middle School as Part of Amway Kicks for Kids
Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring will visit Campbell Middle School as part of Amway Kicks for Kids on Wednesday, May 18. Ring will talk to the students about the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle. This will be the sixth Kicks for Kids event of the season.

Earthquakes, Alaska Airlines Partner for Giveaway on June 4
The San Jose Earthquakes and Alaska Airlines will partner up for a giveaway on June 4 when the Quakes host the Houston Dynamo at Buck Shaw Stadium. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free Hawaiian shirt bag tag. One fan in attendance will also have the chance to win a trip to Hawaii or Mexico courtesy of Alaska Airlines during a halftime kick-to-win contest.

San Jose Partners Up with Fresh Coast Beach Soccer Tournament
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that they have signed a tournament partnership with the Fresh Coast Beach Soccer Championships. This year, the 5-on-5 tournament will be held on June 18 and 19 in front of the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California. There will be several youth, men’s and women’s divisions, with an open men’s cash prize division. The Quakes will be providing each team ticket vouchers to see the team take on either the New York Red Bulls or Philadelphia Union. Several Earthquakes players will also make an appearance to meet with fans, sign autographs and take photos.

July 2 Match vs. New York Red Bulls to be Played at Stanford Stadium
The San Jose Earthquakes have moved their Saturday, July 2 match against international stars Thierry Henry and Rafa Márquez and the New York Red Bulls to Stanford Stadium in Stanford, Calif. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and air live on ESPN2. Following the match, the Earthquakes will treat fans to the best fireworks show on the Peninsula for the Fourth of July weekend. Fans can stay in their seats or move onto the field for the best view to watch the fireworks. The Epicenter Fan Zone will be moved from Buck Shaw Stadium to Stanford for the match. Fans will be able to enjoy foosball, corn hole, face painting and poster making prior to kickoff. Gourmet food trucks will also be on site.

Quakes Weekly Podcast Available on iTunes
The Earthquakes’ weekly podcast is available for free download on iTunes. Hosts Kelly Gray, Robert Jonas and Joe Nuxoll regularly feature soccer personalities from the club and around the nation. Last week, San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and ESPN/Philadelphia Union color commentator Taylor Twellman joined in the discussion. Subscribe to get the latest in Quakes news each week.

Quakes Launch Weekly E-Newsletter
The San Jose Earthquakes launched a weekly newsletter a few weeks ago, giving fans the chance to receive emails straight from the Front Office regarding team-related news, player appearances, giveaways and more. To sign up for the Quakes Update, visit sjearthquakes.com/quakesupdate.

San Jose Earthquakes on Twitter
@SJEarthquakes – Official account of the San Jose Earthquakes
@ChrisWondo – 2010 MLS Budweiser Golden Boot Winner Chris Wondolowski
@AnthonyAmpai – Rookie from NCAA Champion Akron University Anthony Ampaipitakwong
@bobbyburling – Veteran central defender and sports trivia guru Bobby Burling
@BradRing87 – Third-year central midfielder Brad Ring
@J_Hernandez_21 – Veteran center back and social maven Jason Hernandez
@awebs13 – Witty goalkeeper Andrew Weber
@MattLuzu32 – First-year striker Matt Luzunaris

San Jose’s Record in May
The Quakes are 26-27-11 all-time in May in MLS play.

 


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