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Weekly Update: April 25, 2016

The Earthquakes head out on the road for back-to-back away contests for the first time this season, starting with a matchup against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, April 30. The matchup kicks off at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN Plus, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
 
San Jose continued their winning ways at Avaya Stadium on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City. Chris Wondolowski’s second-half penalty kick helped the Earthquakes extend their unbeaten streak at home to 10 games. The goal marked Wondolowski’s league-leading seventh goal of the season and 38th game-winner of his career, moving him within three of Landon Donovan’s all-time record.
 
OPPONENT INFORMATION
 
Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 4-3-1
Home: 2-1-1 (3 GF, 2 GA)
Away: 2-2-0 (6 GF, 7 GA)
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 9, Philadelphia – 9
 
Last Game vs. Philadelphia Union
Earthquakes 1, Philadelphia Union 2; Sept 5, 2015; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Avaya Stadium. Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored the club’s lone goal, a penalty in the 64th minute. The Quakes were without three midfielders – Anibal Godoy, Marc Pelosi and Sanna Nyassi – due to international call-ups. The club, however, welcomed back Fatai Alashe and Matias Perez Garcia, who made their first start together in the center of San Jose’s midfield for the first time since August 2. In the 23rd minute, defender Marvell Wynne threw a long ball into the box to forward Quincy Amarikwa, who was able to head the ball to the back post. However, Union goalkeeper John McCarthy was in position to make the save. The Earthquakes defense took a hit when powerful center back Victor Bernardez was pulled from the match after sustaining a strained hamstring. Midfielder JJ Koval entered the match as his replacement in the 39th minute. Three minutes before halftime, Perez Garcia swung in a left-footed cross to the back post for Amarikwa, but he could not turn the pass into a shot on goal as it drifted just high. In the 47th minute, defender Marvell Wynne crossed in a ball from the right side of the pitch to forward Chris Wondolowksi. Wondolowski flicked it to Amarikwa, who was able to get a foot on the ball, but his curling shot caromed off the right goal post. In the 63rd minute, defender Shaun Francis swung in a cross from the left side of the field. The pass was just out of the reach of Perez Garcia, but bounced up and touched the hand of Union defender Fabinho. The Quakes were awarded a penalty kick, which Wondolowksi buried to give the Quakes a 1-0 lead. It marked Wondolowski’s 13th goal of the season and 106th of his career. The Union responded in the 74th minute with a goal of their own, when forward Conor Casey’s header snuck into the back of the net. Casey’s goal snapped a 447-minute shutout streak for San Jose that dated back to August 14. The Union then took the lead in the 85th minute when Casey headed a set piece past Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham.
 
History of the Quakes – Philadelphia Union Rivalry
San Jose and Philadelphia have played just eight times in their history, with the Union only joining MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2010 season … The Quakes hold a 4-3-1 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 1-0 at PPL Park on April 30, thanks to a 76th-minute penalty kick by Sebastien Le Toux … 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 … Although the Quakes fought back from an early two goal deficit, the Philadelphia Union defeated the Earthquakes 4-2 in their only match-up of 2014 … The Earthquakes fell to the Philadelphia Union 2-1 on Sept. 5, 2015 in their first-ever meeting at Avaya Stadium.
 
Earthquakes – Philadelphia Union Connections
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 … Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and Quakes defender Shaun Francis are both from Jamaica … Union midfielder Maurice Edu and Quakes forward Quincy Amarikwa are both from Bakersfield, California … Earthquakes midfielder Matheus Silva and Union midfielder Ilsinho and defenders Anderson and Fabinho are all from Brazil … San Jose forward Innocent and Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta have both represented the Swiss National Team … Union goalkeeper Matt Jones and Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins were both born in England.
 
EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Get Earthquakes Fit, presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes representative
What: Launching Get Earthquakes Fit, presented by Sutter Health, program at Taylor Elementary 
Where: Taylor Elementary – 410 Sautner Dr. San Jose, CA 95123
When: Monday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Get Earthquakes Fit, presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas
What: Get Earthquakes Fit closing ceremony, presented by Sutter Health, program at Millbrook Elementary
Where: Millbrook Elementary – 3200 Millbrook Dr. San Jose, CA 95148
When: Tuesday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m.
 
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
 
Quakes vs. Sporting KC
Since 2013, the Earthquakes have amassed a 4-1-0 record against SKC, shutting them out in all four of their victories. The Quakes have outscored Sporting 8-1 in those five contests. The club is also riding a three-game winning streak against KC, while not allowing a single goal [W 5-0 (8/19/15); W 1-0 (10/16/15); W 1-0 (4/24/16)].
 
Track Record
San Jose currently holds a 16-4-6 record against Sporting KC at home, keeping clean sheets in 14 of the last 21 such matches.
 
Off the Board
No team in Major League Soccer history has shut out Sporting Kansas City more than the Earthquakes – a total of 20 times.
 
At Least One
The Quakes have scored at least one goal in 21 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS. Portland’s 10-game streak is currently the second longest.
 
Avaya Stadium = Fortress
San Jose is now 11-3-6 all-time at Avaya Stadium, keeping 11 clean sheets. The club has allowed just 11 goals in the 20 games at Avaya Stadium since its opening last season.
 
Earning Points in San Jose
The Quakes are currently 4-0-1 at Avaya Stadium this season, earning 13 points. The 13 points are the most earned at home by any team in MLS thus far.
 
Home-Field Advantage
The Earthquakes are currently riding a 10-game unbeaten streak at home (6-0-4) dating back to last September.
 
Hot Start to 2016
Chris Wondolowski has scored in seven of the first eight matches of the season, becoming the first Earthquakes player to ever accomplish the feat.
 
Golden Boot Race
Wondolowski’s seven goals are the most in MLS this season. Only Fanendo Adi (POR – 6) and Sebastian Giovinco (TOR – 6) have more than four goals so far in 2016.
 
Climbing the Charts
Wondolowski tallied his 116th career MLS goal, fourth most in MLS history (Landon Donovan – 144; Jeff Cunningham – 134; Jaime Moreno – 133).
 
From the Spot
Wondolowski scored his 20th career goal via penalty kick, which moves him into a tie with Jeff Cunningham for fourth most in league history.
 
Lone Ranger
For the 14th time as a member of the Earthquakes, Wondolowski tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 victory.
 
Scoring Game-Winners
Wondolowski’s goal was the 38th game-winner of his career, third most in MLS history. He is now three shy of the all-time record (Landon Donovan – 41; Jeff Cunningham – 40).
 
For One Club
His penalty kick on Sunday marked Wondolowski’s 112th career goal for San Jose, tying Landon Donovan (LA) for the second most goals with a single club (Jaime Moreno – 131 with DC).
 
The 200 Club
Wondolowski made his 200th career appearance for the Earthquakes on Sunday.
 
Bingham Among the Best
Sunday’s victory over Sporting Kansas City marked goalkeeper David Bingham’s 46th career start for San Jose. No goalkeeper in club history has ever tallied more wins (21) or shutouts (15) through their first 46 starts with the club (Pat Onstad – 21 wins, 13 shutouts; Joe Cannon – 19 wins, 10 shutouts; Jon Busch – 13 wins, 14 shutouts).
 
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 – 109 goals
2. Robbie Keane – 75
3. Alvaro Saborio – 70
4. Kei Kamara – 62
5. Sebastien Le Toux – 55
6. Fabian Espindola – 53
7. Thierry Henry – 51
8. Will Bruin – 49
T9. Landon Donovan – 48
T9. Dominic Oduro – 48
 
Wondolowski Continues To Climb All-Time MLS Goals List
Chris Wondolowski knows how to find the back of the net. Here are the top-10 all-time goal scorers in MLS history:
 
1. Landon Donovan – 144 in 334 games
2. Jeff Cunningham – 134 in 365 games
3. Jaime Moreno – 133 in 340 games
4. Chris Wondolowski – 116 in 237 games
5. Ante Razov – 114 in 262 games
6. Jason Kreis – 108 in 305 games
7. Dwayne De Rosario – 104 in 343 games
8. Taylor Twellman – 101 in 174 games
9. Edson Buddle – 100 in 304 games
T10. Roy Lassiter – 88 in 179 games
T10. Carlos Ruiz – 88 in 182 games
 
Wondolowski Near Top Of MLS All-Time Game-Winning Goals List
Chris Wondolowski has a flair for game-winning goals. Here are the top-five game-winning goal scorers in MLS history:
 
1. Landon Donovan – 41 in 334 games
2. Jeff Cunningham – 40 in 365 games
3. Chris Wondolowski – 38 in 237 games
4. Ante Razov – 33 in 262 games
5. Jason Kreis – 31 in 305 games
 
Road Goals Leaderboard
Here are the top-five goal scorers on the road in MLS history:
 
1. Landon Donovan – 62
2. Chris Wondolowski – 58
3. Jeff Cunningham – 57
4. Ante Razov – 54
5. Jaime Moreno – 50
 
Goals for One Club
Here are the top-five goal scorers with a single club in MLS history:
 
1. Jaime Moreno, DC – 131
T2. Chris Wondolowski, SJ – 112
T2. Landon Donovan, LA – 112
4. Taylor Twellman, NE – 101
5. Jason Kreis, DAL – 91
 
Earthquakes All-Time at Avaya Stadium
  • 20 MLS games – 11-3-6 record.
  • Outscoring opponents 20-11, with 11 shutouts.
  • Currently riding 10-game unbeaten streak (6-0-4), with last loss coming on Sept. 5, 2015 vs. PHI.
  • Leading scorer – Chris Wondolowski with eight goals, including three game winners.
 
Earthquakes to Add U12 and U13 Academy Teams to Player Development System
The San Jose Earthquakes will add under-12 and under-13 academy teams to its player development system, which competes in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA), and will now feature teams at the U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 levels. The club also has pre-academy teams ranging from U8 to U18 and a U23 Premier Development League squad.
Earthquakes Forward Mark Sherrod Successfully Undergoes Procedure to Repair Torn Meniscus
San Jose Earthquakes forward Mark Sherrod successfully underwent a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Friday morning. The surgery is expected to sideline the forward for four to eight weeks.
 
ACADEMY UPDATE
The San Jose Earthquakes U-18 and U-16 Academy squads both put on strong performances against the Santa Cruz Breakers on Sunday at Cabrillo College. The U-18s shutout the Breakers 4-0 to extend their win streak to five games. The U-16s also blanked their opponent behind a strong showing from goalkeeper Dominic Peters. A free kick golazo from Adolfo Trujillo and superb team goal scored by Arda Bulut gave the Earthquakes a 2-0 victory, putting them in good playoff position.
Registration for the Quakes Academy Summer Camp Program is open. The program is available for a wide age range and for all skill levels, from elite to recreational. Team camps are also available. For more information or to register, please click here.
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