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This & That: Quakes notes for Sept. 17, 2012

This Week

The San Jose Earthquakes (17-6-5, 56 pts.) play a pair against Cascadia teams this week, the first at Buck Shaw Stadium against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for Dollar Dog Night, presented by Cosmopolitan Catering. Kickoff for that match is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF. Next up is a trip to the Northwest for a key Western Conference match against Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, Sept. 22 at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff for the Seattle match is 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 9/17/12
Tuesday, Sept. 18 – 10:15 a.m. – Practice at Earthquakes Training Facility
Wednesday, Sept. 19 – 7:30 p.m. PT – Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF
Thursday, Sept. 20 – Off
Friday, Sept. 21 – Travel to Seattle
Saturday, Sept. 22 – 7:30 p.m. PT – Earthquakes at Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., live on CSN California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF
Sunday, Sept. 23 – Travel to San Jose

Injury Report
Out: Cesar Diaz Pizarro (R – groin strain), Joey Gjertsen (R – knee surgery), Sercan Guvenisik (L – hamstring strain), Tim Ward (L – non–specific soft tissue injury); Doubtful: Marvin Chavez (L – hamstring strain), Sam Garza (R – ankle sprain).

Earthquakes All-Time Record vs. Portland Timbers

MLS Regular Season: 0-1-2
Home: 0-0-1 (1 GF, 1 GA)
Away: 0-1-1 (2 GF, 3 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): NA; Overtime (2000-03): NA; Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 2-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 1-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 3, Portland – 4

Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 4-4-1
Home: 2-1-1 (8 GF, 4 GA)
Away: 2-3-0 (4 GF, 6 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): NA; Overtime (2000-03): NA; Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-1-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 12, Seattle Sounders FC – 11

Portland Timbers Info

Portland Timbers Scouting Report
Chivas USA (7-14-7, 28 pts.) enter Wednesday’s game eighth in the Western Conference standings. They are coming off a 1-1 draw against their Cascadia rival, Seattle Sounders FC, over the weekend. The club is 2-2-1 in their last five matches with wins over Colorado and Vancouver in the process. Leading the way offensively has been Designated Player Kris Boyd with seven goals. Meanwhile, midfielder Eric Alexander leads the team with six assists.

History of the Quakes – Portland Timbers Rivalry
The Earthquakes and Timbers rivalry dates back to when the teams played in the North American Soccer League … The squads faced off for the first time as members of the NASL in 1975 in San Jose and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-1 with Ilija Mitic scoring both goals for the Quakes … The Timbers evened the series with a 2-1 home victory towards the end of the ’75 season … In 1976 the teams only met once and Portland got the better of the Earthquakes in a 1-0 victory in San Jose … The Earthquakes swept the 1977 season series with a 3-2 victory at home and 2-1 win in Portland … The Timbers came back in 1978 and outscored the Earthquakes 8-2 in two wins on their way to the NASL National Conference Final, where they lost to the New York Cosmos … The teams split the 1979 series with Portland winning 4-3 in San Jose and the Earthquakes winning 2-1 in Portland …In 1980 the Earthquakes dropped both games to the Timbers, losing each match by just one goal … The Timbers got the best of the Earthquakes in 1981 as well, sweeping the season series by finals of 3-0 and 2-1 … 1982 was the last NASL series between the two teams … The Earthquakes won the first game 1-0 in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 1-0 when they traveled to San Jose … The two sides played again in a 2001 exhibition in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 2-1 … The next meeting came in 2004 during the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes won 3-0 … In 2005 the sides met again in the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-0 … The Earthquakes topped Portland in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying 1-0 on May 3, 2011 with Ike Opara scoring the game winner in the 120th minute … The Earthquakes and Timbers battled to a pair of 1-1 draws in 2011 … Portland got the better of San Jose 2-1 at JELD-WEN Field in the two team’s first meeting of 2012, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Earthquakes … San Jose and Portland will face each other twice in the final six games of their 2012 campaign … In addition to Wednesday’s match, the two play in the final week of the regular season, on Sunday, Oct. 27 at JELD-WEN Field on NBC Sports.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Portland Timbers
Forward Alan Gordon has two goals in two appearances … Midfielder Khari Stephenson has one goal in three appearances  … Defender Steven Beitashour, midfielder Rafael Baca and midfielder Marvin Chavez each have one assist in three appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 0-0-2 and has nine saves in two appearances.

Portland Timbers All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Midfielder Jack Jewsbury has two goals and one assist in 13 appearances … Forward Danny Mwanga has one goal and two assists in six career appearances … Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is 1-2-2 with one shutout in six appearances.

Earthquakes– Portland Timbers Connections
Portland defender Eric Brunner played for the Columbus Crew with San Jose Forward Steven Lenhart from 2009-10 ... San Jose All-Star forward Chris Wondolowski played for Houston Dynamo with Portland defender Mike Chabala from 2006-09 ... San Jose defender Justin Morrow attended Notre Dame with Portland forward Bright Dike from 2007-09 ... Portland Midfielder Jack Jewsbury and San Jose Defender Tim Ward both attended St. Louis University … Jewsbury played for the Wizards with San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson from 2004-05 … Portland defender Steve Purdy (2003-2006) and San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-2010) … Portland midfielder Eric Alexander (2006-2009) and San Jose defender Jed Zayner (2003-2005) both played college soccer at Indiana … Alexander and Wondolowski both played for the United States National Team in a 1-1 draw against Chile on January 22, 2011 … Portland midfielder Lovel Palmer, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and San Jose midfielder Khari Stephenson have each represented Jamaica internationally … Ricketts played with Quakes forward Alan Gordon for the LA Galaxy in 2009 and 2010 … Timbers defender Kosuke Kimura and Quakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played together in Colorado from 2007-10.

Seattle Sounders FC Info

Seattle Sounders FC Scouting Report
Seattle Sounders FC (13-6-9, 48 pts.) enter Saturday’s Western Conference clash second in the Western Conference. The squad will be in action on Wednesday in CONCACAF Champions League play at Marathon (Honduras) following a 1-1 draw with Portland over the weekend. Leading goal scorer Eddie Johnson will miss the match due to yellow card accumulation, but Colombian Designated Player Fredy Montero is still in the fold.

History of the Quakes-Seattle Sounders FC Rivalry
The teams first met in regular season play in 2009 when the Sounders joined MLS … The Quakes and Sounders FC played three times in 2009, with Seattle taking both meetings at what was then called Qwest Field (2-0 on April 25 and 2-1 on June 13), before the Earthquakes registered a 4-0 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 2 … In 2010, the Earthquakes edged Sounders FC at Qwest Field, 1-0 on May 22 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal, with Seattle returning the favor at Buck Shaw on July 31 through a Fredy Montero strike … A season ago, the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw on April 2, with Seattle taking a 2-1 decision at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 … The Quakes and Sounders first meeting of 2012 came on March 31 in Seattle in the third game of the 2012 season when the Quakes brought home a 1-0 victory by way of a Wondolowski penalty kick in the 24th minute, Wondolowski’s fourth goal all-time against the Sounders … The sides met on June 26 in a U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. Sounders FC won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal by Cordell Cato… In their last outing, San Jose got the better of Seattle with a second-half stoppage-time goal from Steven Lenhart. The final was 2-1, San Jose’s second win of the season against Sounders FC.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Chris Wondolowski has scored four goals in eight matches … Steven Lenhart has two goals in six appearances … Shea Salinas has four assists in eight meetings … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 2-2-3 with two shutouts in seven appearances.

Seattle Sounders FC Leaders vs. San Jose
Fredy Montero has four goals and one assist in eight appearances … Brad Evans has three goals and one assist in eight appearances … Mauro Rosales has two assists in three appearances … Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is 0-2-0 in his two previous appearances.

Earthquakes- Seattle Sounders Connections
Seattle Sounders FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2009 season, a year after the San Jose Earthquakes rejoined the league following a two-season absence … Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson played with Quakes General Manager John Doyle in the early 1990s for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski played with Sounders FC defender Patrick Ianni from 2006-08 for the Houston Dynamo … Wondolowski and Seattle forward Fredy Montero shared the MLS lead in road goals a season ago with nine each … Earthquakes defender Ike Opara (U.S.) and Seattle forward Babayele Sodade (Canada) played against each other in Olympic qualifying on March 24 … Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber appeared in two MLS matches for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 … Earthquakes defender Jason Hernandez played with Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2005 … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Seattle midfielder Servando Carrasco were teammates at Cal from 2008-10 … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza and Sounders FC midfielder Michael Tetteh played together at UC Santa Barbara during the 2010 season … Bingham (and Carrasco) played against Tetteh (and Garza) in the 2010 NCAA Championship Second Round on Nov. 21, 2010 … Tetteh (82nd) and Carrasco (89th) each scored late for their respective teams, with the host Cal Bears grabbing the winner with one tick remaining in the first overtime period to advance, 2-1 … Seattle teammates Andy Rose (Bristol) and Steve Zakuani (London) and Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins (Edgware) all list their hometowns in England … Dawkins scored his first career goal in his first of three appearances against Seattle on April 2, 2011 …  Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Seattle midfielder Brad Evans played together for the Columbus Crew in 2008 … Earthquakes midfielder Khari Stephenson and Seattle’s Swedish defender Adam Johansson played against each other in the Swedish Allsvenskan (2006-08) … Sounders forward David Estrada grew up in Salinas, Calif., starring at Alisal High School before moving on to UCLA … Earthquakes forward Sercan Guvensik and newly-acquired Sounders Designated Player Christian Tiffert were both born in Germany … Guvenisik (1999-03) and Tiffert (2007-10) also played for German side MSV Duisburg … Earthquakes midfielder Joey Gjertsen was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash., and rookie Jacob Hustedt was born in Bothell, Wash.

Heritage Cup 2012
The Heritage Cup, an annual rivalry between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders FC in honor of their NASL (North American Soccer League) lineages, continues in 2012. After winning their Aug. 11 home date with Seattle, San Jose leads the competition with three points. In the event of a tie in the total number of aggregate points, the first two of eight tiebreakers in all will be total goals scored over the two matches, followed by away goals scored. The third tiebreaker would award the cup to the March 31 winner. The Earthquakes won the inaugural cup in 2009 while Sounders FC won the series 2010 and 2011.

Community Info

Who: Shea Salinas, Jason Hernandez
What: Visiting patients at the Kaiser Permanente-Santa Clara pediatrics unit
Where: Kaiser Permanente, 700 Lawrence Expressway, Santa Clara, CA 95051
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. 
Details: Shea and Jason will do bedside visits for patients that can’t leave their room and will play soccer and color with the kids who can join in at the pediatrics playroom.

Miscellaneous Notes

Earthquakes to Attempt to Break Guinness World Record for Largest Groundbreaking Ceremony
Earthquakes Club President Dave Kaval announced the club will break ground on their new stadium on Sunday, Oct. 21 and will try to break a Guinness World Record for the largest groundbreaking ceremony in the process. Fans are invited to the landmark occasion and can RSVP by visiting Anyone planning to attend can park for free starting at 10:30 a.m. at the new stadium site on the corner of Coleman Ave. and Newhall Ave. Check-in for diggers begins at 11:30 a.m. To ensure participation, fans should arrive before noon. In order to break the Guinness World Record, the club needs 4,533 participants to dig for two minutes.

Broadcast Update for Sept. 22 in Seattle
The Earthquakes’ match against Seattle Sounders FC at CentruyLink Field on Saturday, Sept. 22 will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT in what will be a key game as the top two teams in the Western Conference take aim in the Supporters’ Shield chase.

Quakes First in Western Conference, Supporters’ Shield Standings
The Earthquakes (17-6-5, 56 pts.) remain atop the Western Conference and Supporters’ Shield standings following an idle weekend. San Jose holds a three-point advantage over Sporting Kansas City (15-7-6, 51 pts.) in the Supporters’ Shield race. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes are eight points ahead of Seattle Sounders FC (13-6-9, 48 pts.) in the Western Conference table.

Top of the League
Through 28 games, the Earthquakes are No. 1 in MLS with 58 goals scored and 60 assists. With 33 goals conceded, the Quakes are also No. 1 in the league with a +25 goal differential. Additionally, San Jose leads the league with 36 second-half goals and a +22 goal differential in the second half.

All-Time Wins/Points Records
The San Jose Earthquakes are two wins away from tying the club’s all-time mark for wins in a season, set in 1999. Of the team’s 19 wins in 1999, 10 came via shootout with only nine in regulation. With 56 points and six games remaining, San Jose is also closing in on the club record for points in a season, set in 2005. The team ended 2005 with 64 points and an 18-4-10 record.

Keeping it Clean
The Earthquakes have picked up headlines for their offensive output this season, but the defense has been just as impressive over the last two weeks. Saturday’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA was Jon Busch’s seventh clean sheet of the season and marked the second time this season the club has recorded shutouts in back-to-back weeks.

Road Warriors
Saturday’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA was the Earthquakes’ seventh road win of the season, second most in club history. San Jose’s Supporters’ Shield run in 2005 featured a benchmark 9-4-3 road clip.

Earthquakes Win Player Lottery for F Marcus Tracy
The Earthquakes won the rights to former Aalborg BK forward Marcus Tracy through a weighted lottery conducted last week at MLS headquarters. San Jose was one of eight teams vying for Tracy’s services and had a 4.6 percent chance of winning the lottery. Tracy won the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy, an award given to the most outstanding college player, in 2008 with Wake Forest. He was a Demon Deacon from 2005-08, suiting up alongside current Earthquakes Sam Cronin (2005-08) and Ike Opara (2007-08). Tracy finished his career No. 7 on Wake Forest’s all-time goals scored list with 30 and helped the Deacons to an NCAA title in 2007, scoring a goal and notching the game-winning assist in a 2-1 result over Ohio State. Following his accomplished college career, Tracy decided to take his talents overseas. The 25-year-old forward spent 2009-11 with Aalborg BK before signing with MLS.

Wondolowski Ties MLS Single Season Record for Game-Winning Goals
Chris Wondolowski’s 40th-minute penalty in San Jose’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA on Saturday tied the MLS record for game-winning goals in a single season. The result-decider was his ninth of the season, tying his own mark from 2010 as well as former LA Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz’s 2002 output. Wondolowski has scored the game winner in nine of San Jose’s 17 wins to date.

Wondolowski Closing in on Club Scoring Mark
Chris Wondolowski is five goals away from matching Ronald Cerritos’ club record for career goals scored. Cerritos scored 61 goals in 148 games over six seasons in San Jose. Meanwhile, Wondolowski has 56 goals in 100 games over five seasons for the Earthquakes.

Wondolowski Surpasses Club Record for Goals in a Single Season
Chris Wondolowski’s 40th-minute penalty in San Jose’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA on Saturday was his 19th goal of the season, breaking a club record previously set by Wondolowski in 2010 when he won the Budweiser Golden Boot. The two-time league leader in goals is aiming to become the first to net 20 in a single season since Landon Donovan hit that exact mark in 2008. Only nine players have scored 20 or more goals in a single season since the league began in 1996.

Century Mark for Wondolowski
In addition to his goal-scoring feats, Chris Wondolowski made his 100th career appearance with the Earthquakes in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Chivas USA. He needs 15 more games played to catch former San Jose midfielder Eddie Lewis for No. 10 on the club’s all-time list.

New Stadium Club Seats Sold Out
The Earthquakes announced on Saturday that club seats at the new stadium are sold out. With luxury suites and club seats sold out, general seating in the new stadium will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 23. Current season tickets holders will have first priority to purchase tickets for the new stadium. The priority order will be set based on tenure as a season ticket holder. Season ticket holders will receive more information in the coming week regarding their specific account. In order to reserve a spot in the priority queue for the new stadium, fans can purchase season tickets for 2013, the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium. The Earthquakes are currently taking deposits for season tickets for 2013. Please call 408-556-7700 or visit for more information.

Child, Mandaric to be Inducted to Earthquakes Hall of Fame
The Earthquakes announced last week that former star forward Paul Child and the team’s original owner Milan Mandaric have been named to the Earthquakes Hall of Fame. The two former members of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Earthquakes will be inducted to the club’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony during halftime of San Jose’s match on Sept. 29 against FC Dallas. To celebrate the occasion, 5,000 fans will receive a commemorative pin courtesy of XFINITY.

Fifth Annual Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation Banquet Set for Oct. 12
The Fifth Annual Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation Awards Banquet is slated for Friday, Oct. 12 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. featuring former Earthquakes defender Jimmy Conrad as the keynote speaker. The event also includes the Andrew Bedard “Spirit of the Game” Award given to an Earthquakes player for the charitable works throughout the year. For ticket, donation and sponsorship information visit

Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2012 through the Goals for Education program. With 58 goals through 28 games, the donated total for this season already stands at $14,500. Thanks to 40 goals in 2011, the partnership raised $10,000 for local youth soccer and athletic development programs a year ago.

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