San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo
Kickoff: 2 p.m. PT at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.
Television: Comcast SportsNet California
Radio: 1590 KLIV (English), 1370 KZSF (Spanish)
Doubleheader: Mexico U-23 vs. Senegal U-23, 4:30 p.m. PT
Presenting Sponsor: VISA
Futbol Fiesta Fan Zone
Activities: The Earthquakes will have a booth set up, as well as an inflatable game. Members of the Shakers and Street Team will be present to interact with fans.
Pregame Party: Pete’s Tavern (128 King Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) hosts a pregame party on Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Shakers will hand out freebies and enter fans into a prize drawing.
Community: Community booth with silent auction for signed, game-worn, limited-edition jerseys from Saturday’s match.
Houston Scouting Report
Like the Quakes, the Houston Dynamo are off to a 1-0-0 start following a 1-0 season-opening win. The Dynamo snatched three points in the waning moments of their match against Chivas USA on March 11, when defender Andre Hainault hammered home a left-footed shot in the 92nd minute. Teammate Adam Moffat gained credit for the assist, while fourth-year goalkeeper Tally Hall made two saves in earning the shutout.
Houston visits the Bay Area in the midst of a seven-game road stretch to begin the season as the franchise awaits the official opening of its new, 22,000-seat BBVA Compass Stadium in the city’s downtown district on May 12 against D.C. United.
Former Quakes forward Brian Ching has netted three goals in six games against his former team, but did not play in either meeting in 2011. Ching ranks No. 1 all-time in Dynamo history in goals scored (51), and No. 5 in the San Jose record book (25). Dominic Kinnear, another former Quakes player (1997) who also served as the San Jose head coach in 2004 and 2005, is in his seventh year in charge of Houston.
Milestones and Streaks
- Quakes captain Ramiro Corrales has drawn 199 starts in his San Jose career. He is poised to become just the 19th player in MLS history with 200-plus starts with one club.
- Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski is on a current MLS-best streak of six straight games with at least one goal scored.
- Quakes goalie Jon Busch is one appearance away from 200 for his 11-year MLS career.
- San Jose extended its club-record streak of home sellouts to seven against the New England Revolution at Buck Shaw Stadium during MLS First Kick 2012 on March 10.
- Defender Jason Hernandez has both appeared in 99 matches and started 99 times for the Earthquakes since joining the club ahead of the 2008 season.
- Following the 2005 MLS season, the San Jose Earthquakes relocated to Houston as the Houston Dynamo. The Quakes (2001, 2003) and Dynamo (2006, 2007) each have a pair of MLS Cup championships. Only D.C. United (4) and the LA Galaxy (3) have more.
- Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear compiled a regular-season record of 27-14-21 as the head coach of the Earthquakes for two seasons (2004-05), after serving as the top Quakes assistant coach for three years (2001-03) and during both MLS Cup runs, and spending the 1997 season as a player for the San Jose Clash.
- San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski played for the Dynamo from 2006-09, scoring four goals in 37 games. Houston forward Cam Weaver played in nine games for the Quakes in 2009, scoring one goal and tallying two assists. On June 9, 2009, the Dynamo sent Wondolowski and a conditional 2010 SuperDraft pick to San Jose for Weaver.
- Houston midfielder Brad Davis played with the Quakes in 2005, scoring two goals and notching eight assists in 18 games, and with Brian Ching, makes up the two remaining holdovers from the squad that moved from San Jose.
- Quakes midfielder Brad Ring played with Dynamo forward Will Bruin at Indiana University during the 2008 season.
- Quakes right back Steven Beitashour and Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall spent two seasons together at San Diego State (2005-06).
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