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Weekly Update: July 27, 2015

The San Jose Earthquakes were defeated 3-1 on the road by Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Sunday. Forward Quincy Amarikwa scored the team’s lone goal and now has three goals in three matches since joining San Jose. The match also saw the returns of leading-scorer forward Chris Wondolowksi and midfielder Cordell Cato to the Quakes starting XI, who had both been representing their respective national teams at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Additionally, midfielder Marc Pelosi made his MLS debut and played 20 minutes after entering the match as a second-half substitute for Wondolowski.
The Earthquakes return to Avaya Stadium to host the Portland Timbers on Sunday, August 2, presented by A&W. The match begins at 2 p.m. and will air live on ESPN2, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
Last MLS Game
Earthquakes 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3; July 26, 2015; BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia
The San Jose Earthquakes fell to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3-1 at BC Place. Forward Quincy Amarikwa tallied his third goal in three matches since joining San Jose and midfielder Marc Pelosi made his MLS debut, entering the match as a second-half substitute and logging 20 minutes. The match also saw the return of leading-scorer forward Chris Wondolowski and versatile midfielder Cordell Cato returning to the Earthquakes starting XI. Both players were with their respective national teams at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and haven't suited up for the Quakes in an MLS match since they each found the back of the net in the team's 3-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on June 27. Wondolowski started and played 60 minutes in the United States' third-place game in Pennsylvania just one day prior. Vancouver took a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute. A deflected ball rolled to midfielder Mauro Rosales at the top of the penalty area and his left-footed shot snuck past Quakes keeper David Bingham. The Earthquakes were forced to use an early substitution when three-time MLS Team of the Week selection defender Clarence Goodson exited with an injury in the 13th minute. Whitecaps FC found the net again in the 32nd minute. Defender Kendall Waston headed home a Rosales corner kick to extend the home side's lead to 2-0 and an Octavio Rivero penalty kick later gave Vancouver its third goal in the 56th minute. San Jose was able to find a goal late, as Amarikwa blasted a shot into the back of the net in the 90th minute off a feed by midfielder Shea Salinas. Amarikwa has now scored three goals in the last two matches, both of which were on the road.
MLS Regular Season
San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
July 26, 2015 - BC Place
Attendance: 20,298
Scoring Summary: VAN - Mauro Rosales (unassisted) 5; VAN - Kendall Waston (Mauro Rosales) 32; VAN - Octavio Rivero (penalty) 56; SJ - Quincy Amarikwa (Shea Salinas) 90.
Misconduct Summary: VAN - Gershon Koffie (caution) 36; SJ - Quincy Amarikwa (caution) 45; VAN - Nicolas Mezquida (caution) 59; VAN - Russel Teibert (caution) 90+1.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC: David Ousted, Steven Beitashour, Kendall Waston, Pa-Modou Kah, Christian Dean, Matias Laba, Gershon Koffie (Russell Teibert 63), Mauro Rosales (Erik Hurtado 70), Nicolas Mezquida (Pedro Morales 68), Kekuta Manneh, Octavio Rivero.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES: David Bingham, Marvell Wynne (Tommy Thompson 85), Victor Bernardez, Clarence Goodson (Paulo Renato 13), Jordan Stewart, Fatai Alashe, Cordell Cato, Chris Wondolowski (Marc Pelosi 70), Matias Perez Garcia, Shea Salinas, Quincy Amarikwa. 
Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 1-5-6
Home: 1-1-3 (7 GF, 7 GA)
Away: 0-4-3 (6 GF, 12 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 13, Portland – 19
Last Game vs. Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers 1, Earthquakes 0; July 5, 2015; Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park, with the deciding goal coming in the 91st minute. Due to two injuries and a call up to the U.S. National Team, San Jose was forced to play without all three of its Designated Players for the first time this season, including leading scorer and U.S. international forward Chris Wondolowski and midfielder Matias Perez Garcia, who leads the team in assists. The Quakes were also without midfielders Sanna Nyassi and Cordell Cato, who were absent due to yellow card accumulation and a call up to the Trinidad and Tobago National Team, respectively. In the 19th minute, Quakes keeper David Bingham made a clutch save to keep the score level. Sprinting up the left side of the pitch, Portland defender Jorge Villafana pulled the trigger on a left-footed shot near the edge of the penalty area that was seemingly destined for the far post. Bingham lunged to his left and got enough on it to put the ball out of play for a corner kick. Five minutes later, San Jose nearly took a 1-0 lead. Midfielder Shea Salinas looped in a lofting corner kick and forward Mark Sherrod was the first man to it. He headed the ball to the far post, beating the keeper, but was denied by a defender positioned on the goal line. In the 57th minute, midfielder Tommy Thompson created a chance for himself. Dribbling in the right side of the penalty area with several Timbers defenders around him, Thompson snuck a quick shot across his body that slipped past the keeper. However, the ball rolled just wide left of the far post and out for a goal kick. The Timbers broke the deadlock in the 91st minute. Following a free kick, the ball was batted around in front of goal before Quakes midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi went to clear it. Portland midfielder Jack Jewsbury jumped in front of the clearance attempt and deflected the ball over Bingham and into the net.
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 … Chris Wondolowski came off the bench to score a pair of second-half goals and rally San Jose from a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 19 … The Earthquakes and Timbers closed out the 2012 regular season with a 1-1 draw on Oct. 27. Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter’s single-season mark of 27 goals with a penalty kick in the 24th minute … Portland won the clubs’ first of three meetings in 2013 1-0 at JELD-WEN Field with Will Johnson curling home a free kick in the 78th minute … San Jose rallied at Buck Shaw Stadium to draw even with Portland 1-1 thanks to a 92nd-minute goal from Adam Jahn on April 21, 2013 … The Earthquakes picked up their first-ever win against the Timbers on July 27, 2013 with a 2-1 result at Buck Shaw Stadium … San Jose secured a valuable road point in a thrilling 3-3 draw against the Timbers at Providence Park to open their 2014 series on Sept. 7 and then fell 2-1 in the next installment at Buck Shaw Stadium on Oct. 4 … In their third game against the Timbers in 2014, the Earthquakes suffered a 3-0 loss at Providence Park … In their first meeting of the 2015 season, the Earthquakes lost late at Providence Park after giving up a 91st minute goal that led to a 1-0 win for the Timbers. 
Earthquakes – Portland Timbers Connections
San Jose forward Mike Fucito played for the Timbers in 2012 … Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas played with Timbers midfielder Michael Nanchoff for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 … Portland head coach Caleb Porter was originally drafted by San Jose in the third round (No. 27 overall) of the 1998 MLS SuperDraft … Porter appeared in four matches with the Clash in 1999, his only season with the club … Earthquakes Designated Player Matias Perez Garcia, Timbers forwards Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez, Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri and Timbers defender Norberto Paparatto are Argentinean … The group were all in the top division of Argentine soccer in 2011-12 with Perez Garcia playing for CA All Boys, Urruti for Newell’s All Boys, Fernandez for Estudiantes LP, Valeri for Lanus and Paparatto for Tigre … Perez Garcia, Paparatto and Valeri each started their careers at Lanus in the Buenos Aires province … Perez Garcia and Paparatto played together at Tigre from 2012-14 … Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart and Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell are both English and played in the Premiership … Ridgewell spent most of his professional career in Stewart’s hometown of Birmingham, playing for Aston Villa from 2002-07 and Birmingham City from 2007-12 … Timbers goalkeeper Andrew Weber played for San Jose from 2009-11 … Weber also played with Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato on Seattle Sounders FC during the 2012 season … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis, midfielder Khari Stephenson and Portland defender Alvas Powell were all born in Jamaica … Quakes defender Jordan Stewart made his MLS debut against Portland on July 27, 2013.
Juggling for Jude 
Who: Hollis Belger
What: Juggling a soccer ball to raise money for St. Jude Children's Hospital with the San Jose Earthquakes 
Where: Earthquakes Training Facility   
When: Wednesday, July 29 11 a.m.
Modelo Player Appearance at Fresco Supermarket 
Who: Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez 
What: Signing autographs and taking photos with fans 
Where: Eastridge Mall: 2217 Quimby Rd, San Jose, CA 95122
When: Friday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. 
Modelo Player Appearance at Britannia Arms 
Who: Earthquakes goalkeeper Bryan Meredith 
What: Signing autographs and taking photos with fans 
Where: Britannia Arms: 173 W. Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
When: Friday, July 31 at 5:30 p.m. 
Acquisition Pays Dividends
Since being acquired via trade with the Chicago Fire, Quakes forward Quincy Amarikwa has scored three goals in three games for the Earthquakes [2 at LA (7/17); 1 at VAN on (7/26)].
Pelosi Makes MLS Debut
Midfielder Marc Pelosi made his MLS debut against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday. Pelosi came off the bench as a second-half substitute for Chris Wondolowski and played 20 minutes. 
Wondolowski and Cato Return
Forward Chris Wondolowski and midfielder Cordell Cato returned to MLS action against Whitecaps FC on Sunday after representing the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Wondolowski leads the Earthquakes in scoring with nine goals while Cato has been part of the Quakes starting XI seven times this season.
Midfield Magician
Quakes midfielder Matias Perez Garcia has registered six assists in his last ten MLS matches and San Jose has only lost three times in those ten contests (4-3-3). In the process, he has boosted his game-winning assist total to four, tied for the most in Major League Soccer. The club is also 4–0 this year when MPG records an assist or scores [at HOU (5/5); vs. CLB (5/16); at SEA (6/20); vs. LA (6/27)].
Tough to Break Down at Avaya
The Quakes have only allowed two goals in the last four MLS matches at Avaya Stadium [vs. VAN (4/11); vs. CLB (5/16); vs. DAL (6/7); vs. HOU (7/10)].
Quakes Among MLS Leaders
Currently, several Earthquakes rank near or at the top of numerous statistical categories. Among them are:
  • Matias Perez Garcia – 4 game-winning assists (t-1st in MLS)
  • Matias Perez Garcia – 6 assists (t-6th in MLS)
  • Matias Perez Garcia – 81 corner kicks (3rd in MLS)
  • Matias Perez Garcia – 57 fouls suffered (1st in MLS)
  • David Bingham – 71 saves (t-2nd in MLS)
  • David Bingham – 71.0 save pct. (9th in MLS)
  • David Bingham – 5 shutouts (t-8th in MLS)
  • Chris Wondolowski – 9 goals (t-4th in MLS)
  • Chris Wondolowski – 3 penalty-kick goals (t-2nd in MLS)
Greatest Six-Year Span in MLS History
Including nine goals so far this year, Chris Wondolowski has tallied 95 goals since the start of the 2010 season, the most by any player over a six-year span in MLS history. Wondolowski still has the remainder of this season to add to his league record. Only three other players ever registered more than 80 goals in a six-year span – Taylor Twellman (91 from 2002-07), Roy Lassiter (88 from 1996-01) and Carlos Ruiz (81 from 2002-07).
MLS Goals Since 2010
Chris Wondolowski has been by far the league’s most efficient striker since 2010, leading the league in goals during that time span:
1. Chris Wondolowski - 95 goals
2. Alvaro Saborio  - 64
3. Robbie Keane - 62
4. Kei Kamara - 52
5. Thierry Henry - 51
T6. Landon Donovan - 48
T6. Sebastian Le Toux - 48
8. Fabian Espindola - 47
T9. Dwayne De Rosario - 42
T9. Dominic Oduro - 42
Kinnear Can Keep a Lead
Teams under head coach Dominic Kinnear are 123-11-43 when scoring first, a .816 winning percentage. As head coach of the Earthquakes, Kinnear has only lost twice when his team scored first, a 26-2-8 record overall.
Halftime Success
Since the beginning of the 2000 season, the Quakes are 108-4-23 when leading at the half, including a 4-1-2 mark so far in 2015. They were 6-0-2 in 2014, 6-0-3 in 2013 and an impressive 12-0-1 in 2012, with the only draw coming against Portland on Oct. 27 at JELD-WEN Field. In 2011, the club was 4-2-2, 7-0-2 in 2010, 4-0-3 in 2009, 6-1-0 in 2008, 7-0-3 in 2005, 7-0-1 in 2004 and 8-0-1 in 2003. Despite holding a 1-0 halftime lead on May 10, 2008, vs. Columbus, the Quakes were edged by the final score of 3-2. That game marked the team’s first loss since 1999 when holding a halftime advantage.
Making the First One Count
The Earthquakes are 106-13-31 since 2001 when scoring the first goal. The club is 4-1-1 so far in 2015, after going 5-1-4 in 2014. They were 11-1-3 when scoring first in 2013. In 2012, San Jose was 14-2-2, their two losses coming at Vancouver (2-1) on May 5 and at Montreal (3-1) on Aug. 18. The club was 7-4-5 in 2011, 12-0-2 in 2010, 6-1-5 in 2009 and 8-1-3 in 2008. Prior to 2010, San Jose also went undefeated in 2001 (13-0-2), 2003 (11-0-1) and 2005 (14-0-5) when scoring first. The Earthquakes were 12-2-0 in 2002 when finding the back of the net first, only giving up leads two times in losing 2-1 at the LA Galaxy on July 4, and falling at Kansas City by the same score on July 27. In 2004, the Quakes went 8-1-1 when scoring first, the best mark in MLS. The Quakes surrendered a 1-0 advantage and dropped a 2-1 decision at the LA Galaxy on July 4, 2004, losing for just the first time since July 27, 2002, when striking first. The Quakes are also impressive in the playoffs when scoring first, posting an 8-0-1 record all-time.
San Jose Earthquakes to Host Fourth Annual Wine and Dine Event on August 29
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the club will host its Wine and Dine with the Earthquakes event on Sunday, August 29 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga. The event will be held for the fourth-consecutive year and for the first time at The Mountain Winery. Guests will enjoy tasting The Mountain Winery’s red and white wines, while mingling with Earthquakes players, coaches and front office staff at the VIP Redwood Deck and Vista Point. They will also experience the irresistible charm of the winery as well as the picturesque views the winery offers. The event will feature a buffet dinner on the Chateau Deck, live auction, and raffle. All proceeds raised will go to the San Jose Earthquakes 501(c)(3) non-profit, the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund.
Tommy Thompson Selected to Compete in 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game
Quakes midfielder Tommy Thompson has been selected to the MLS Homegrown Team by head coach Landon Donovan. The 22-man roster features some of the League’s brightest young talent, including Chicago Fire standout Harry Shipp, and Canadian Men’s National Team and Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Russell Teibert. The MLS Homegrown Team will take on the Club América U-20s on Tuesday, July 28 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7 p.m. ET, streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, as part of the lead up to the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Tickets to the 2015 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game can be purchased at www.chipotlehomegrown.com.
San Jose Earthquakes to Host Root Beer Float Day on Sunday, August 2
The San Jose Earthquakes will host their fifth annual A&W Root Beer Float Day on Sunday, Aug. 2, starting at 12:00 p.m. PT in the 7UP Epicenter prior to the club’s match with the Portland Timbers. Local celebrities, including Earthquakes television and radio broadcasters and Sharks radio voice Dan Rusanowsky, have teamed up with the Earthquakes for the charity event to scoop, pour and serve root beer floats to fans with a recommended $5 donation to their choice of one of three charities – the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or the Earthquakes Community Fund. Each fan that makes the recommended donation will also receive an A&W souvenir cup while supplies last. Last year, the Earthquakes raised $10,000 for charity as part of the fourth annual A&W Root Beer Float Night.
Earthquakes Academy Hires Paul Holocher and Andre Luiz Moreira
After a banner year for the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, the club today announced that it has hired Paul Holocher and Andre Luiz Moreira to manage the academy. Holocher will coach the U-18 and U-16 squads with the help of an experienced staff, while Luiz takes over the U-14s. Both head coaches have a wealth of soccer knowledge and have previously competed for San Jose’s first team. The Earthquakes and former academy coaches Marquis White and Stephen Wondolowski parted ways at the conclusion of the 2015 academy season. For more information on the Quakes new academy coaches, click here.



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