The San Jose Earthquakes hit the road this week to take on Chivas USA on Saturday, April 27 at The Home Depot Center. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose’s Record in April
The Quakes are 24-27-16 all-time in April in MLS play.
Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 1; April 21, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Rookie forward Adam Jahn scored in the 92nd minute to rally the San Jose Earthquakes to a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers at a sold out Buck Shaw Stadium. Jahn began the scoring sequence, flicking a header into the mix with San Jose (2-3-3, 9 pts.) trailing 1-0. Nana Attakora got his foot to the ball and centered a pass to Chris Wondolowski. The reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player laid the ball off for Jahn who blasted his shot past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to earn the Earthquakes a home point. The Earthquakes out-shot their guests 12-7 on the night and were knocking on the door for much of the evening. Wondolowski had a one-on-one opportunity denied by Ricketts in the first half while Sam Garza was turned away in similar fashion in the second half. Steven Lenhart also saw his 72nd-minute header float inches wide of the far post. Despite the number of chances generated, it was Portland who tallied first. Steven Beitashour cleanly tackled the ball away from Ryan Johnson in the area, but the ball glanced off the attacker and to the feet of Diego Valeri. The Argentine Designated Player volleyed with Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch off his line and found the net for a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute.
Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 5-6-5
Home: 3-3-2 (15 GF, 8 GA)
Away: 2-3-3 (9 GF, 10 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 24, Chivas USA – 18
Chivas USA Scouting Report
Chivas USA (3-3-1, 10 pts.) have lost two in a row after a 3-1-1 start to their season under first-year head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. Chivas USA lost 1-0 in their last outing on April 20 against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. Javier Morales scored the game winner in the 53rd minute, but both teams had their chance. Chivas USA matched RSL 14-14 in shots and 5-5 in shots on goal in the match. Young forward Juan Agudelo leads the way in scoring with a pair of goals while a trio of Chivas USA players – Edgar Mejia, Eric Avila and Jorge Villafana – are tied for the team lead with two assists apiece. Among the key players on the squad is All-Star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who is 3-2-1 with two shutouts during his five-year MLS career against the Earthquakes.
Last Game vs. Chivas USA
Earthquakes 2, Chivas USA 0; Sept. 15, 2013; The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Chris Wondolowski set a new club record for goals in a single season and tied his own MLS mark for game-winning goals in a campaign as the San Jose Earthquakes knocked off Chivas USA 2-0. The talismanic striker polished off a penalty in the 40th minute for his club-record 19th goal of the season. The goal was also his ninth game winner of the campaign, tying an MLS record previously reached by Wondolowski in 2010 and former LA Galaxy forward Carlos Ruiz in 2002. Wondolowski didn’t just score. He also linked up with Alan Gordon four minutes into the second half. Justin Morrow and Simon Dawkins opened the sequence with a give-and-go to spring Morrow down the sideline. The left back sent his cross low through the box toward Mehdi Ballouchy, who stepped over the ball and left it for Wondolowski. Wondolowski then laid a pass off for Gordon who smashed his shot on the run past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for a 2-0 San Jose lead. Defensively, Jon Busch came up with a pair of diving saves to keep his seventh clean sheet of the season.
History of the Earthquakes-Chivas USA Rivalry
The two teams met for the first time on April 9, 2005, at Spartan Stadium, playing to a wild 3-3 draw … During the 2005 season, San Jose and Chivas USA met on three additional occasions: a 1-1 draw on June 12 at The Home Depot Center, a 3-0 win for the Earthquakes on Sept. 10 at Spartan Stadium, and a come-from-behind 2-1 Quakes victory on Sept. 17 in Carson in which Alejandro Moreno notched the 93rd-minute winner against his current club … Following that four-game unbeaten run by San Jose to begin the all-time series between the sides, Chivas USA has held the edge since the Quakes’ return in 2008, posting a 6-1-2 record over nine matches … The Quakes’ lone win during the stretch came on Oct. 20, 2010, when Chris Wondolowski posted a hat trick over 17 minutes after only coming off the bench in the 40th minute, for a 3-0 result at Buck Shaw … Chivas USA got an 85th-minute winner from Mariano Trujillo for a come-from-behind 2-1 win in the last meeting at Buck Shaw on April 23, 2011 … Wondolowski had given the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, with Moreno leveling the score for the Goats in first-half stoppage time … Chivas USA went on to sweep the 2011 season series with a 2-0 home shutout on July 6 … The two teams tied 1-1 in their first meeting of 2012 on May 13 with Alan Gordon providing a dramatic 89th-minute equalizer … On Sept. 2, 2012, the Earthquakes defeated Chivas USA for the second time since rejoining MLS in 2008, knocking off their Southern California counterpart 4-0 … San Jose built on that win with another on Sept. 6, 2012, knocking off Chivas USA 2-0 at The Home Depot Center for the first time since 2005.
Earthquakes Leaders vs. Chivas USA
Forward Alan Gordon has seven goals and two assists in 12 appearances … Forward Chris Wondolowski has six goals and two assists in 12 appearances … Defender Ramiro Corrales has two goals and one assist in 12 appearances … Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 6-3-1 with five shutouts.
Chivas USA Leaders vs. San Jose
Midfielder Carlos Borja has one goal and one assist in 10 games … Defender Ante Jazic has three assists in seven appearances … Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is 3-2-1 with two shutouts.
Earthquakes – Chivas USA Connections
Quakes defender Jason Hernandez made 50 appearances for Chivas USA from 2006-07 … Hernandez and Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy were briefly fellow members of the 2005 New York/New Jersey MetroStars … Kennedy (2001-04), Chivas USA midfielder Eric Avila (2005-07) and Quakes midfielder Sam Garza (2010-11) each played at UC Santa Barbara … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Kennedy are both natives of Yorba Linda, Calif. … Chivas USA defender Ante Jazic played with the Canadian national team from 2004-06 and the LA Galaxy from 2006-07 under current Quakes head coach Frank Yallop … Jazic was teammates with Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon on the LA Galaxy from 2006-08 … Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played with Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo for the New York Red Bulls in 2011 and 2012 … Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez played with Chivas USA midfielder Erica Avila for FC Dallas from 2009-11 … Avila also played with Earthquakes defender Ty Harden for Toronto FC in 2011 and 2012 … Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling played for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 … Burling began his career with Chivas USA in 2007 and joined the Earthquakes via trade on Sept. 11, 2009 … Burling (2003-06) and Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca (2007-10) played for Loyola Marymount … Chivas USA defender Steve Purdy played for Cal (2003-06).
What: Get Earthquakes Fit Opening Ceremony
When: Tuesday, April 23 at 1:45 p.m.
Where: Hubbard Elementary School in San Jose
What: Get Earthquakes Fit Opening Ceremony
When: Wednesday, April 24 at 1:25 p.m.
Where: Holly Oak Elementary School in San Jose
What: Get Earthquakes Fit Opening Ceremony
When: Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m.
Where: Bracher Elementary School in San Jose
What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Cosmopolitan Catering
Who: Earthquakes players TBD and “Q”
When: Thursday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cosmopolitan Catering, 1288 Reamwood Ave. in Sunnyvale, CA 94089
Beitashour, Chavez Make Season Debuts
All-Start defender Steven Beitashour and Honduran midfielder Marvin Chavez made their 2013 debuts in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium. Beitashour started and played 90 minutes at right back after missing the club’s first eight games while recovering from surgery to repair a sports hernia. Meanwhile, Chavez came off the bench for Shea Salinas at right mid in the 60th minute; the speedy winger also sat out San Jose’s first eight games due to a sprained medial-collateral ligament.
Jahn-y on the Spot
Adam Jahn scored his second career MLS goal in dramatic fashion on Sunday, slamming home a 92nd-minute equalizer to earn San Jose a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium. The former Stanford target man scored his first goal against the New York Red Bulls on March 10 and won the game-winning penalty in the 90th minute of a 2-1 Earthquakes win. Jahn was a first-round (No. 15 overall) 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft pick of the Quakes.
Baca Makes 50th Career Start
Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca made his 50th career start in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium. The third-year central midfielder has started each of San Jose’s eight matches in 2013. The former Loyola Marymount standout signed with the Earthquakes on July 8, 2011 as an undrafted rookie.
Earthquakes Celebrate Earth Day
The Earthquakes celebrated Earth Day at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday. The match was presented by County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste and featured a number of sustainable businesses in the Epicenter Fan Zone prior to the match, including: the Santa Clara University Office of Sustainability, Subaru, Able Building Maintenance and County of Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste. Subaru will have its 2014 Forester with PZEV (Partial Zero-Emissions Vehicle) and will have information available about their 2014 XV Crosstrek, a hybrid vehicle. The club also offset its carbon footprint and offered discounts to fans driving hybrid cars or using public transportation.
Morrow Approaching Career Milestone
Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow is one away from 50 career starts. The 2012 MLS All-Star left back started 33 of San Jose’s 34 games one year ago – logging 2,970 minutes of a possible 3,060 in the process – and had put in 90-minute efforts in six of the club’s seven matches so far in 2013. His one missed start came due to U.S. Men’s National Team duty in March; he was on the bench for the USMNT’s 1-0 win against Costa Rica in Denver, Colo. on March 22 and their scoreless draw against Mexico in Mexico City on March 26.
Gargan Approaching Century Mark
Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan is one away from 100 career MLS starts. The eight-year MLS veteran joined San Jose through the second stage of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft and signed on Jan. 25, 2013. His journey through the league has included stops with the Colorado Rapids, (2005-08), Chivas USA (2008), Toronto FC (2010-11), Chicago Fire (2011-12) and now the Earthquakes. He has three starts to date for San Jose.
May 18 Match vs. Colorado Sold Out
The Earthquakes announced last week that their May 18 match against the Colorado Rapids, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is sold out. The club has held a limited number of seats that are available through mini-plans and season ticket packages, but group and individual tickets are no longer available. Tickets are still available for the club’s remaining fixtures up to that date. Those matches include: Sunday, April 21 vs. Portland Timbers at 8:00 p.m. PT; Saturday, May 4 vs. Montreal Impact at 1 p.m. PT; and Wednesday, May 8 vs. Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.
Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge
The club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, benefiting The Health Trust of Silicon Valley and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on Sunday, Aug. 18. More information and a registration link are available at www.quakeschallenge.com. The 5K/10K Challenge begins at 8 a.m. with three options for runners of all ages. The club is offering an Early Bird Registration Special of $45 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $20 for the Kids Fun Run (ages 12 and under). Prices will go up starting June 1 so fans are encouraged to sign up early. All participants receive a race t-shirt and access to a post-race celebration. The event will feature a new course this year, taking participants from the Earthquakes’ current venue at Santa Clara University, past the construction at the site of the club’s new stadium on Coleman Ave. in San Jose and back to Buck Shaw Stadium. The event is co-produced by Threshold Racing and Firstwave Events, the same companies that organize the San Jose Turkey Trot, Santa Cruz Half Marathon, and the San Jose Metro Triathlon.
T-Mobile 4G Power Zone Back for 2013
The Earthquakes announced last week that they have teamed with T-Mobile for the second year in a row to create the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone” at all home games for the 2013 season. The promotion will give fans the opportunity to purchase great seats for only $17 – a discount of $10 off the day-of-game price, the most affordable Earthquakes tickets available to the public. Through the agreement, T-Mobile has rebranded the Corner Flag Section 107 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara as the “T-Mobile 4G Power Zone.” For more information, visit www.sjearthquakes.com/tickets.
Quakes President Dave Kaval’s Office Hours
Earthquakes President Dave Kaval’s office hours will continue in 2013. Fans can drop by his office at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesdays between 3 and 5 p.m. PT. Participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to read his blog, Kaval’s Kickoff, exclusively at www.sjearthquakes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @QuakesPrez.
Season Tickets on Sale/Priority for New Stadium
Season tickets for the 2013 season at Buck Shaw Stadium are still available. By purchasing season tickets for the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium, fans can enter the queue for priority seating for the Earthquakes New Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently selecting their seats for the New Stadium. To purchase season tickets or for more information, please contact the Earthquakes headquarters at 408-556-7700.
Stanford Stadium Tickets Now on Sale
Ticket sales for the Quakes match at Stanford on June 29 against the LA Galaxy, presented by XFINITY, have started quickly with 25,000 tickets already sold following the first month of sales. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club’s headquarters at 408-556-7700. Last year’s match drew a capacity crowd of 50,391 for a 4-3 Earthquakes win against the Galaxy.
Wells Fargo Goals for Education
Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2013 through the Goals for Education program. The club has raised $1,500 so far this season thanks to six goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.
McIntosh Named to US U-20 Training Camp Roster
Earthquakes Academy alumnus Kendall McIntosh was among 24 names on Tab Ramos’ United States U-20 camp roster. The Santa Rosa, Calif. native has spent his last two years as a member off the Santa Clara Broncos. He is one of two goalkeepers in camp with the U-20s along with Southampton FC’s Cody Cropper. The group will train at The Home Depot Center from April 22-29 before breaking camp with a match against Chivas USA. The team is preparing for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place June 21-July 13 in Turkey.