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Weekly Update: May 2, 2016

The Earthquakes play their second of back-to-back contests on the road with a clash against Western Conference foe Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, May 7. The matchup kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on CSN Plus, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
With a late game-tying goal, San Jose earned their second road point of the season at Philadelphia last Saturday, despite playing the final 30 minutes of the match down a man. Midfielder Simon Dawkins weaved through multiple Union defenders and buried a goal in the 83rd minute to help secure the draw. The score marked Dawkins first goal of the season and 15th of his MLS career. The draw moved San Jose to 4-2-3 on the season and into a tie for the fourth most points in Major League Soccer (15).
 
OPPONENT INFORMATION
 
Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 10-6-3
Home: 5-1-2 (12 GF, 5 GA)
Away: 5-5-1 (12 GF, 15 GA)
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 24, Seattle – 20
 
Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders FC 1; Sept 12, 2015; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes earned a point by drawing with Seattle Sounders FC 1-1 at Avaya Stadium to finish the season series with Seattle with an undefeated 2-0-1 record. The result, paired with the Quakes 2-0 victory over Seattle on June 20 at CenturyLink Field, gave San Jose the win in the Heritage Cup with a combined score of 3-1. The Quakes lone goal in the match was scored by Fatai Alashe, who made his first career start on defense in Victor Bernardez’s absence. Midfielders Anibal Godoy and Marc Pelosi returned to San Jose’s starting XI after missing the team’s last match due to international duty. The Quakes first scoring opportunity came in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Shea Salinas went at his defender with pace, pushing the ball to the end line before attempting to cross the ball in front of several oncoming attackers. However, his pass attempt was blocked and cleared out for a goal kick. Fourteen minutes later, forward Chris Wondolowski nearly gave the home side the lead. Receiving a chipped pass over the defense from Anibal Godoy, Wondolowski turned quickly onto his left foot and curled a shot to the far post, smacking the woodwork. In the 70th minute, San Jose took a 1-0 lead on the head of midfielder Fatai Alashe, who was coincidentally being honored with his very own bobblehead night at Avaya Stadium. Alashe was on the receiving of a precise free kick from Matias Perez Garcia, who had entered the match just seconds prior, and redirected the set piece to the far post. Seattle drew level in the 82nd minute. After Quakes keeper David Bingham made a tremendous save on a header by Sounders FC midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz, forward Obafemi Martins volleyed the rebound into the empty net.
 
History of the Quakes – Seattle Sounders FC Rivalry
The two teams first met in regular season play in 2009 when the Sounders joined MLS … San Jose won all three meetings in the 2012 regular season, including two wins at CenturyLink Field in Seattle … Chris Wondolowski scored the winner in a 1-0 win on March 31 in Seattle on a penalty kick, following a foul by Marc Burch on Steven Lenhart … Lenhart then scored a dramatic game-winner on Aug. 11 at Buck Shaw Stadium, netting a stoppage time goal following a late equalizer by Sounders FC … San Jose then took a 2-1 win on Sept. 22 at CenturyLink Field with goals from Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski … Seattle did win 1-0 over San Jose in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match at Kezar Stadium. Current Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato scored the winner for Seattle that night … The Quakes and Sounders FC played three times in 2009, with Seattle taking both meetings at what was then called Qwest Field (2-0 on April 25 and 2-1 on June 13), before the Earthquakes registered a 4-0 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 2 … In 2010, the Earthquakes edged the Sounders FC at Qwest Field, 1-0 on May 22 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal, while Seattle returned the favor at Buck Shaw on July 31 through a Fredy Montero strike … In 2011, the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw on April 2, while Seattle took a 2-1 decision at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 … San Jose won each of their three regular-season matches in 2012 by one goal … Seattle Sounders FC knocked the Earthquakes out of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup in the quarterfinals, upending San Jose 1-0 on June 26 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco … They have squared off twice this season, with each team winning their home game. In the first meeting, San Jose won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal in first-half stoppage time … After dropping their second meeting of 2013 4-0 at CenturyLink Field, the Earthquakes bounced back for a gritty 1-0 win … San Jose dropped their first meeting of 2014 against Seattle after a golazo from Obafemi Martins, a chipped shot from near the end line on May 17 at CenturyLink Field … The San Jose Earthquakes evened the season series on Saturday, Aug. 2, topping Western Conference leading Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 thanks to a goal from Portuguese forward Yannick Djalo … The two teams finished off the 2014 season with a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 20, with goals by Sounders FC forward Chad Barrett and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski …, On March 7, the Earthquakes secured their first victory of the 2015 season with a 3-2 win on the road at Seattle… In their second matchup of 2015, the Quakes shutout Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 on the road at CenturyLink Stadium on June 20 … San Jose drew with Seattle Sounders FC 1-1 in their final matchup of 2015 to finish the season with an undefeated 2-0-1 record against their Western Conference foes.
 
Earthquakes – Seattle Sounders FC Connections
Seattle Sounders FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2009 season, a year after the San Jose Earthquakes rejoined the league following a two-season absence … Sounders FC sporting director Chris Henderson played with Quakes general manager John Doyle in the early 1990s for the U.S. Men’s National Team … Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart, Seattle midfielder Brad Evans, and Seattle defender Chad Marshall played together for the Columbus Crew in 2008 … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Marshall were teammates with the Columbus Crew from 2010-12 … Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato made eight appearances for the Sounders FC in 2012, recording one assist … Seattle midfielder Brad Evans scored his first career goal against San Jose … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei played at Cal … Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn (2009-12), Seattle midfielder Aaron Kovar (2012-13), Seattle forward Jordan Morris (2013-15) and Seattle defender Chad Marshall (2002-03) played at Stanford … Jahn and Kovar were teammates at Stanford in 2012 … Quakes midfielder Sanna Nyassi made 38 appearances for Seattle from 2008-10 … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Sounders FC midfielder/defender Oniel Fisher were both born in Jamaica and play on the national team together … Earthquakes goalkeeper Bryan Meredith played for Seattle from 2011-12 … Seattle defender Tyrone Mears as well as Quakes defender Jordan Stewart and midfielder Simon Dawkins were all born in England … Mears (2007-09) and Dawkins (2013-16) also both played for Derby County … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey played together for the United States National Team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, with Wondolowski replacing Dempsey in the 87th minute against Portugal … Dempsey (2001-03) and Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas (2004-07) both played at Furman University … Earthquakes forward Chad Barrett played for Seattle Sounders FC from 2014-15, scoring 12 goals over 44 appearances … San Jose midfielder Cordell Cato and Seattle defender Joevin Jones are both from Trinidad … Quakes midfielders Anibal Godoy and Alberto Quintero as well as Sounders FC defender Roman Torres were all born in Panama City, Panama.
 
EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Get Earthquakes Fit, presented by Sutter Health
Who: Shea Salinas
What: Get Earthquakes Fit Closing Ceremony, presented by Sutter Health, program at Blackford Elementary
Where: Blackford Elementary – 1970 Willow St. San Jose, CA 95125
When: Tuesday, May 3 at 1:15 p.m.
 
Scout-O-Rama (Boy Scouts of America)
Who: Earthquakes mascot Q
What: The largest Scouting event of the year is open to the public and shows off much of what Scouting has to offer.
Where: History Park – 1650 Senter Rd. San Jose, CA 95112
When: Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
 
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
 
Sound Off
The Earthquakes went undefeated against Seattle last season (2-0-1), marking the second time in the previous four seasons they’ve achieved the feat (2012 – 3-0-0). San Jose also captured the Heritage Cup for the second straight year in 2015.
 
Best of the Best
Forward Chris Wondolowski has scored nine goals against Seattle Sounders FC in his career, including two last season, three more than any other player in MLS history. He has tallied at least one goal against Seattle in each of the past seven seasons.
 
Salinas Against Seattle
Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas has recorded four assists against Seattle in his career, trailing only Brad Davis (7) and Landon Donovan (6) for most against Sounders FC all-time.
 
Point Made
With a draw on Saturday night, the Earthquakes became the first team to earn a point in Philadelphia this season, where they are now 3-0-1.
 
Back on the Scoresheet
Midfielder Simon Dawkins tallied the Quakes lone goal, marking his first goal of the season, 15th of his MLS career and first since September 12, 2012.
 
Never Give Up
The Earthquakes have now scored in the 80th minute or later four times in nine games this season. The 1-1 draw also marked the second time this season the Quakes have earned a point despite conceding the first goal of the match [D 1-1 vs. DC (4/2)].
 
Wondo Hits Personal Milestone
Wondolowski made his 200th career MLS start Saturday, becoming the 82nd player in MLS history to reach the milestone.
 
Kofi Returns to Starting XI
Defender Kofi Sarkodie made his second start of the season after joining the team in early April. The match marked his 100th MLS appearance.
 
Back in the Fold
Forward Innocent made his first start of the season and first since May 1, 2015, where he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
 
Atop the Leaderboard
Forward Chris Wondolowski has seven goals this season, tied for the most in Major League Soccer. He is one of just two players in the Western Conference with more than four goals (Fanendo Adi – 7).
 
At Least One
The Quakes have scored at least one goal in 22 consecutive matches dating back to last season, the longest active streak in MLS and the eighth longest streak in league history. Portland’s 11-game streak is currently the second longest active streak.
 
1. D.C. United – 52 (ended 6/12/99)
T2. D.C. United – 27 (ended 7/30/06)
T2. Columbus Crew – 27 (ended 7/5/09)
T4. LA Galaxy – 25 (ended 10/20/14)
T4. San Jose Earthquakes – 25 (ended 8/23/97)
T6. FC Dallas – 23 (ended 6/6/98)
T6. New York Red Bulls – 23 (ended 10/25/15)
8. San Jose Earthquakes – 22
9. Chicago Fire – 21 (ended 7/6/01)
T10. Sporting Kansas City – 20 (ended 6/21/07)
T10. FC Dallas – 20 (ended 6/2/13)
 
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
T8. Will Bruin – 49
T8. Dominic Oduro – 49
10. Landon Donovan – 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 238 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 238 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
 
David Bingham and Chris Wondolowski Named to USMNT Preliminary Copa America Roster
U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has submitted the 40-player preliminary roster for the historic 2016 Copa America Centenario. Tournament rules require the final 23-player roster to be turned in no later than May 20 to the Local Organizing Committee. All the players on the final list must come from the preliminary roster. The U.S. will begin training camp May 16 in Miami and play three preparation matches in advance of their opener against Colombia on June 3 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
 
Earthquakes to Host MLS Heineken Rivalry Week Viewing Party on May 22
The San Jose Earthquakes will host an admission-free MLS Heineken Rivalry Week viewing party at Avaya Stadium for fans to watch the team take on rival LA Galaxy on Sunday, May 22. Gates open for the event at 3 p.m. and kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. Fans will be able to watch the match on the large video board facing Coleman Ave. and will have numerous dining options available for purchase, including two food trucks, a concession stand and the stadium’s famous largest outdoor bar in North America. In addition, there will be activities and games located in the two-acre 7UP Epicenter. Fans interested in attending the viewing party must RSVP by clicking here. Those who register before Wednesday, May 18 will automatically be entered to win a Heineken VIP Viewing Experience, where guests will be treated to preferred seating and complimentary food and beverages.
 
ACADEMY UPDATE
 
The San Jose Earthquakes U-18 and U-16 Academy squads hosted Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday and the Portland Timbers on Sunday at Cal State East Bay. The U-18s fell to Seattle 1-0 but the U-16s rebounded with a 3-1 win. The Quakes then completed the double over Portland, earning a 3-0 and 3-1 win, respectively. The U-18s got a hat trick from Matt Korp.
 
The U-14s were also in action over the weekend, defeating San Mateo County Star 9-0 at Vista Montana Park on Saturday.
 
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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