Kickoff: 5 p.m. PT at PPL Park
Television: CSN Bay Area
Radio: 1590 KLIV (English), 1370 KZSF (Spanish)
PHILADELPHIA UNION INFO
Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 4-1-1
Home: 2-0-1 (2 GF, 0 GA)
Away: 2-1-0 (4 GF, 3 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; US Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 6, Philadelphia Union – 3
Earthquakes 1, Philadelphia Union 0; Sept. 8, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Shea Salinas’ first-half goal held up for a 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes win against the Philadelphia Union on, extending the club’s home-unbeaten streak to 13. Despite playing a man down for much of the second half, the Earthquakes kept their fifth clean sheet of the season and picked up a crucial three points to keep in contact with the MLS Cup Playoff race. After applying pressure in the early going, San Jose broke through in the 15th minute as Sam Cronin found Shea Salinas for the speedy winger’s second goal of 2013. Cronin lofted a ball over Philadelphia’s backline, finding Salinas in stride. Salinas took a touch with his right foot, keeping the ball in the air as he continued his penetrating run toward the end line, and then slid to volley his shot past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath. San Jose took its lead into the half and continued to be the aggressors at the outset of the final 45 minutes. However, in the 58th minute, midfielder Rafael Baca received his second yellow card of the match, leaving the Earthquakes a man down. Despite the man advantage, the Union failed to break through thanks to a gritty defensive effort from San Jose’s backline. Goalkeeper Jon Busch finished with four saves and his 72nd career shutout, one behind Matt Reis of the New England Revolution for No. 5 on the MLS all-time list.
History of the Earthquakes – Philadelphia Rivalry
San Jose and Philadelphia have played just four times in their history, with the Union only joining MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2010 season … The Quakes hold a 2-1-1 series edge, and have split a pair of meetings at PPL Park … The Quakes swept the series in 2010 … A goal by Arturo Alvarez at 91+ gave San Jose a come-from-behind 2-1 road win at PPL Park on July 10, before a 1-0 victory courtesy of a 69th-minute Chris Wondolowski strike at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 15 … The Union won the first match-up a year ago, 1-0 at PPL Park on April 30, thanks to a 76th-minute penalty kick by Sebastien Le Toux, now with Vancouver … That match featured Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Justin Morrow and Steven Lenhart in their first starts for San Jose … The return fixture ended in a scoreless stalemate at Buck Shaw on July 9 … In their lone meeting in 2012, Steven Lenhart came off the bench to score twice, including a 93rd-minute game-winner, to lead San Jose to a 2-1 victory at PPL Park on April 28 … The Quakes won their only meeting 1-0 in 2013 after a goal from Shea Salinas at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 8, 2013.
Earthquakes – Philadelphia Union Connections
Union defender Amobi Okugo was born in Hayward, Calif. … Okugo (Jesuit) and Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson (Granite Bay) played for rival high schools in Sacramento, Calif. … Quakes forward Steven Lenhart and Union midfielder Brian Carroll were teammates with the Columbus Crew from 2008-10 … Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas played for San Jose in 2008 and 2009 before being selected by the Philadelphia Union in the ’09 MLS Expansion Draft … Salinas made 17 appearances during his one season with the Union … Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin (2005-08), Union midfielder Michael Lahoud (2005-08), Union midfielder Brian Carroll (2000-02) and Union midfielder Corben Bone (2007-09) played for Wake Forest … Lahoud and Quakes midfielder Atiba Harris played with Chivas USA in 2009 … Curtin and Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch were teammates with the Chicago Fire from 2007-08 … Harris and Union head coach Jim Curtin were teammates with Chivas USA from 2008-09 … Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson (2000-03), Ethan White (2009-10 ) and Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath (2008-10) played for the University of Maryland … Earthquakes forward Mike Fucito played with Union midfielder Sebastien Le Toux for Seatte Sounders FC in 2009 … Fucito and Union forward Andrew Wenger played with Montreal Impact in 2012 … Quakes defender Brandon Barklage and Union midfielder Fred played with DC United in 2011 … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Union midfielder Maurice Edu have both represented the United States Men’s National Team over the years and were both in camp at Stanford, Calif. in June of 2014 as Jurgen Klinsmann cut his roster down from 30 to the final 23 ahead of the FIFA World Cup.