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Fan Guide: Quakes host Inaugural Match at Avaya Stadium

Kickoff: March 22, 4:00 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium
Parking Lots: 12:00 p.m.
**Fans will be able to purchase parking passes at the lots on game day.
Will Call/Ticket Services: 1:30 p.m.
**Note: The match is sold out and the box office will be closed. 
Avaya Stadium Gates: 2:00 p.m.
Pregame Ceremony: Ceremony will begin as soon as warm-ups conclude.

Stadium Map
Parking & Directions
Guest Services

7UP Epicenter
Food Trucks:

  • BBQ Kalbi
  • Lalos Tacos
  • Twisted Chill
  • El Tonayense
  • Big Ed's Buzzard Barbeque
  • Kona Ice
  • Speedy Panini
  • Gold Rush Eatery

Activities:

  • Inflatables
  • Face painting
  • Poster making
  • Mini soccer field
  • Live Band: Luv Stoned
  • Soccer in Slow Motion

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 9-13-11
Home: 7-5-5 (23 GF, 18 GA)
Away: 2-8-6 (17 GF, 30 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 0-0; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0; Playoffs: 0-0-0;
US Open Cup: 0-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 40, Chicago – 48

Last Game
Earthquakes 5, Chicago Fire 1; July 23, 2014; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California
The San Jose Earthquakes exploded with their largest offensive output since 2012 to rout the Chicago Fire 5-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Five different players found the net, marking the first five-goal output at Buck Shaw Stadium since a 5-0 win against Real Salt Lake on July 14, 2012. Shea Salinas, Atiiba Harris, Chris Wondolowski, Yannick Djalo and Cordell Cato accounted for the goals in what was also the largest margin of victory for San Jose since 2012, a 4-0 romp against Chivas USA on Sept. 2 at Buck Shaw. Salinas opened the scoring just before halftime, beating Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson with a blast to the upper corner. Djalo sprung Salinas down the sideline with a long pass over the top. Salinas chased it down and beat his defender with a cut into the middle, creating space to pop the net for his first goal of the year.  Atiba Harris doubled the lead early in the second half, tapping in a deflected shot from Chris Wondolowski. Harris dribbled toward the area and then slid a pass across the top of the box to Wondolowski, who took a touch and fired. Johnson blocked the shot, but the rebound caromed toward the goal where Harris knotted the loose end. Harris returned the favor 10 minutes later, leading Wondolowski into the box where the Danville native capitalized with a left-footed strike past Johnson for his team-leading seventh goal of the season.The Fire pulled one back three-quarters of the way through the match. Matt Watson found Grant Ward running freely toward goal on the right side of the box and placed a perfect pass in front of the midfielder. Ward one-timed his shot into the lower corner, barely beating Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch to spoil the shutout. San Jose would eliminate any doubts about the match soon after. Cato sent a looping pass over the Fire’s backline and Djalo took advantage with a cheeky finish. The Portguese attacker let the ball bounce and then sent a high-arching shot that Johnson watched sail over his head and bounce into the net. Cato capped the scoring in the 84th minute. Djalo won possession near midfield and sent a through ball to Wondolowski on the right.Wondolowski dribbled into the box and then cut a pass back for Cato. The Trinidadian took a smart touch with the side of his foot and then leapt to finish in midair with his right foot.

History of the Quakes-Chicago Fire
The Earthquakes and the Chicago Fire have had a memorable rivalry since the Fire came into MLS in 1998 … The most memorable game of the rivalry came in 2003, when Chicago and San Jose met for the MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on Nov. 23 … The Quakes defeated the Fire 4-2 in Frank Yallop’s final game as the head coach before returning two seasons ago … Landon Donovan scored two goals, while Ronnie Ekelund and Richard Mulrooney each netted a goal to lead the Quakes to the victory … That game was the only playoff meeting between two of the league’s most successful clubs … The two teams have played each other twice in U.S. Open Cup Play, during Chicago’s inaugural season in 1998 and on May 24, 2011 … The first Open Cup match saw a quarterfinal tie that went into penalty kicks after goals from Lubos Kubik for Chicago and Jeff Baicher for San Jose saw the score knotted at one-all after regulation and overtime … The Fire prevailed in the PK shootout, 4-3, on their way to winning the title … In May of 2011, a 2-2 tie with goals from Ellis McLoughlin and Justin Morrow for San Jose and Orr Barouch and Yamith Cuesta for Chicago led to another round of PKs.  Chicago prevailed 5-4 in the PK shootout … Chicago failed to win an MLS game against San Jose in 2011 for the first time in franchise history … Fire defender Cory Gibbs robbed San Jose of a road win on May 28, 2011, after Ramiro Corrales and Chris Wondolowski scored for the Quakes … Corrales and Wondolowski each scored again in the return fixture at Buck Shaw Stadium on September 10 to give San Jose a 2-0 win, their first home against the Fire since a 2-0 win on Sep. 21, 2005 at Spartan Stadium … On July 28, 2012, San Jose and Chicago played to a 1-1 draw. Quakes forward Steven Lenhart scored the equalizer eight minutes into stoppage time … On July 3, 2013, Chicago capped off a thrilling 3-2 win over San Jose. An Alan Gordon goal and an own-goal equalizer couldn’t sustain a late Chicago furry after 84th minute goal from Fire forward Chris Rolfe. On July 23, 2014, the San Jose Earthquakes routed the Chicago Fire 5-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium with their largest offensive output since 2012.

Earthquakes-Chicago Fire Connections
Chicago head coach Frank Yallop compiled a 99-86-72 regular season record, a 10-7-0 MLS Cup Playoffs record and two MLS Cup titles as manager of the San Jose Earthquakes from 2001-03 and 2008-13 … Fire forward Quincy Amarikwa played for the Earthquakes from 2009-10 … Amarikwa also played with Earthquakes defender Ty Harden on Toronto FC in 2012 … Fire midfielder Lovel Palmer and Quakes forward Mike Fucito were teammates with the Portland Timbers in 2012 … Palmer and Quakes midfielder Khari Stephenson were teammates with Real Salt Lake in 2013… Fire midfielder Harry Shipp and Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson were both selected to the 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown roster … Fire midfielder Matt Watson, a native of Redditch, England, and Quakes defender Jordan Stewart, a native of Birmingham, England, grew up ~30 minutes away from each other … Earthquakes forward Innocent Emeghara and Chicago forward Kennedy Igboananike both hail from Nigeria … Earthquakes midfielder Cordell Cato and Fire defender Joevin Jones were both born in Trindad and Tobago … Fire goalkeeper Jon Busch played with the Earthquakes from 2010-14 … Earthquakes midfielder Tommy Thompson and Chicago defender Patrick Doody both played at Indiana University in 2013 … Earthquakes forward Sanna Nyassi played 10 games for the Chicago Fire in 2014 … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas and Chicago goalkeeper Alec Kann both played at Furman University … Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart and Chicago midfielder Matt Watson both were born in England … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis played for Chicago in 2013. 

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