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WEEKLY UPDATE: August 1, 2016

The Earthquakes return home on Friday to face off against Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC for their first match at Avaya Stadium following the MLS All-Star Game, presented by the City of San Jose. The match kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on UniMas, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

On Sunday, captain Chris Wondolowski made history in the Earthquakes 1-1 draw against the Houston Dynamo. With a game-tying strike in the 59th minute, Wondolowski became the second player ever to score at least one goal against 21 MLS clubs, including the 20 in the league today (Kei Kamara). Midfielder Cordell Cato also recorded his second assist of the season to help earn the Quakes an important road point.
 

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. New York City FC All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 0-1-0
Home: 0-0-0 (0 GF, 0 GA)
Away: 0-1-0 (2 GF, 3 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 2, New York City FC – 3
 
Last Game vs. New York City FC  
Earthquakes 2, New York City FC 3; September 19, 2015; Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
The San Jose Earthquakes fell behind by three goals in the second half but nearly made a spectacular comeback before falling 3-2 to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Quincy Amarikwa and Chris Wondolowski scored second half goals for the Quakes in their first ever appearance at Yankee Stadium. Wondolowski now has 108 career MLS goals, placing him in a tie for fifth all-time with current NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis. The Quakes almost broke through 16 minutes into the match, but NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders made a big save to keep the game scoreless. Matias Perez Garcia eluded two defenders on the right wing and crossed a ball to the back post. Saunders could only get a touch on it and the ball fell to Sanna Nyassi in the heart of the box. He hit a low shot, but a recovering Saunders dove to block the shot. The Earthquakes were unfortunate not to score in the 30th minute after a quick counter attack. Bingham sent a long ball over the top for Amarikwa, who had snuck behind both central defenders. Amarikwa took a slight nudge and his shot was then knocked out for a corner by Saunders. Just before the half, San Jose applied some heavy pressure but could not open the scoring. First, Wondolowski got the ball on the right side of the box with just the goalkeeper in front of him, but his shot rolled past the far post. Minutes later, Cordell Cato got free in the same spot and dribbled past a defender, but his near post shot was saved by Saunders. Early in the second half, Perez Garcia had a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. Amarikwa stole the ball and then moved into the box with Perez Garcia to his right. After drawing a defender, he slid a pass to Perez Garcia, but the Argentine’s right-footed shot was parried by Saunders and the Quakes could not finish the rebound. NYCFC took command of the game with three goals in the span of 14 minutes midway through the second half. First Ned Grabavoy took a pass from David Villa and his shot deflected past Bingham into the far post. Twelve minutes later, Grabavoy doubled the lead, this time with his head. He nodded a cross from Frank Lampard past Bingham. Villa scored a header of his own moments later from an Angelino cross for a 3-0 advantage. Amarikwa started the comeback for the Quakes in the 72nd minute with a powerful header after a poor clearance by the NYCFC defense. Perez Garcia curled a corner from the left side that was headed up into the air. Amarikwa out-jumped a defender and slammed a header into the lower corner to make it 3-1. A flurry of action soon after the goal led to another goal for the Quakes to cut the deficit to one goal. First Amarikwa intercepted a pass and broke free on goal, but his shot slammed off the post and out of danger. After a turnover, Amarikwa got the ball on the right wing and broke into the box, only to be brought down by Angelino. Wondolowski finished off the penalty kick for his 15th goal of the year and the Quakes were down only 3-2. Despite heavy pressure over the final 10 minutes of the match, San Jose could not find the equalizer.
 
History of the Quakes – New York City FC Rivalry
The Earthquakes fell 3-2 to NYCFC in their first-ever meeting on September 19, 2015 at Yankee Stadium, nearly completing a second-half comeback down three goals thanks to forwards Chris Wondolowski and Quincy Amarikwa.
 
Earthquakes – New York City FC Connections
Earthquakes goalkeeper Bryan Meredith (2007-10) and NYCFC defender RJ Allen (2008-11) competed together at Monmouth University … NYCFC midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy made 11 appearances for the Quakes from 2012-13 … Ballouchy played with Earthquakes forward Quincy Amarikwa and defender Marvell Wynne on the Colorado Rapids in 2010 … NYCFC midfielder Mix Diskerud and Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski were both on the 23-man roster for the U.S. in the 2014 FIFA World Cup … Diskerud has also played with Earthquakes defender Clarence Goodson for the U.S. National Team … Goodson (2000-03) and NYCFC defender Ethan White (2009-10) both played for the University of Maryland … Earthquakes defender Jordan Stewart and midfielder Simon Dawkins as well as NYCFC midfielders Frank Lampard and Jack Harrison were all born in England … NYCFC midfielder Ned Grabavoy appeared in 24 games for San Jose in 2008, tallying four assists … NYCFC defender Jason Hernandez appeared in 165 games for San Jose from 2008-14, before being selected in the 2014 Expansion Draft … Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10) and NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders (2001-02) both attended the University of California … Saunders was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft by San Jose, but never appeared in a match with the club … Saunders also played with Quakes forward Chad Barrett on the LA Galaxy from 2011-12 ... Earthquakes defender Andres Imperiale and midfielder Matias Perez Garcia as well as NYCFC midfielder Federico Bravo and defender Diego Martinez were all born in Argentina … San Jose midfielder Cordell Cato and New York City FC defender Shannon Gomez are both from Trinidad and Tobago and have both played on the country’s national team … NYCFC goalkeeper Andre Rawls is from San Ramon, California … San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell (2012-16) and New York City FC midfielder Thomas MacNamara (2013) were teammates at Clemson.
 

EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY 

Chipotle Clinic
Who: Earthquakes midfielders Tommy Thompson and Fatai Alashe, defender Kofi Sarkodie and one more player TBD
What: Chipotle Clinic. Registration is still open //www.sjearthquakes.com/chipotleclinic/2016
Where: O'Malley Field – 820 Steinbeck Road, San Jose, CA 
When: Tuesday, August 2. Ages 7-10 from 1-2 p.m. Ages 11-14 from 2-3 p.m. 
 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Fortress
The Earthquakes have enjoyed a 13-4-7 record at Avaya Stadium since it’s opening last season, including a 6-1-2 record in 2016. The club has allowed just 14 goals in 24 games at Avaya.
 
Welcome to Avaya
Friday’s match marks the first time New York City FC will appear at Avaya Stadium. Visiting MLS teams have been held to a 3-8-5 record in their first trips to Avaya Stadium.
 
New Rivalry
The clash marks only the second time the two clubs will face off, after NYCFC defeated San Jose 3-2 at Yankee Stadium last season.
 
Looking for First Win
Quakes head coach Dominic Kinnear is searching for his first win against NYCFC. New York City FC and Orlando City SC are the only two active clubs Kinnear has yet to record a victory against in his career.
 
Beating the Top of the East
NYCFC currently is first in the Eastern Conference, with the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC rounding out the top three. The Quakes are 2-0-0 against those three clubs so far this season.
 
Recent Visit
NYCFC will bring two players – Andrea Pirlo and David Villa – that appeared during the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Avaya Stadium on July 28.
 
Road-Field Advantage?
NYCFC is the only club in Major League Soccer with a record above .500 on the road (6-4-1).
 
Wondolowski Makes History
With a goal Sunday against Houston, Wondolowski joined Kei Kamara as the only two players in MLS history to score against 21 different MLS clubs, including the 20 active clubs today.
 
Closing In on Another Mark
The goal was Wondo’s 60th career score on the road, which is only two behind Landon Donovan for the most in league history.
 
Cato Adds Another Assist
Cordell Cato notched his second assist of the season and ninth in his career.
 
Imperiale Returns to Field
Andres Imperiale made his first appearance since April 24 when he played the full 90 minutes against Sporting Kansas City, entering as a substitute in the 87th minute.
 
No More Than One
The Earthquakes have held opponents to no more than one goal in 16 of their 21 matches this season, including nine of their last 10.
 
On the Leaderboard
Among the Earthquakes that rank near the top in various statistical categories in MLS are:
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]Chris Wondolowski – 9 goals (t-9th in MLS)
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]Chris Wondolowski – 0.53 goals per game average (9th in MLS)
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]Chris Wondolowski – 24.3 scoring percentage (7th in MLS)
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]David Bingham –74.7 saves percentage (5th in MLS)
[if !supportLists]·       [endif]David Bingham – 68 saves (t-6th in MLS)
 
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 – 111 goals
2. Robbie Keane – 80
3. Alvaro Saborio – 71
4. Kei Kamara – 68
5. Bradley Wright-Phillips – 57
6. Sebastien Le Toux – 55
7. Fabian Espindola – 54
8. Thierry Henry – 51
T9. Dominic Oduro – 50
T9. Will Bruin – 50
 
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 – 118 in 246 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 246 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 – 60
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
2. Chris Wondolowski, SJ – 114
3. Landon Donovan, LA – 112
4. Taylor Twellman, NE – 101
5. Jason Kreis, DAL – 91
 
Earthquakes Trade Adam Jahn to Columbus Crew SC
The San Jose Earthquakes announced last Saturday that the club has traded forward Adam Jahn to Columbus Crew SC in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money.
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