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WEEKLY UPDATE: February 27, 2017

The Earthquakes will host the #MarchToSoccer movement this week ahead of their first 2017 MLS regular season match. The Quakes will take on the Montreal Impact on Saturday, March 4 at 6:45 p.m. PT at Avaya Stadium, presented by Avaya. Throughout the week, the Quakes will be active in the community with competitions and events for fans to participate in. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on CSN Bay Area, KNBR 1050 and KZSF 1370.
The Earthquakes enter the first game after a successful preseason in which they earned a 6-1-2 record, most recently defeating Sacramento Republic FC 4-1 on Saturday, Feb. 25.
 
 
#MarchToSoccer
 
Earthquakes #MarchToSoccer Week will feature events in the community leading up to the March 4 home opener. The main activities are listed below, and a full schedule is available here.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 28
FIFA Day with Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson
San Pedro Square Market
All day, 6 p.m. with players
Three different FIFA stations will be set up in San Pedro Square Market all day for fans to play the 2017 edition of the video game. At 6 p.m., Earthquakes midfielders Tommy Thompson and Fatai Alashe will there playing with fans. Everyone who participates throughout the day will be entered to win a customized Quakes Xbox console.
 
Wednesday, March 1
Earthquakes Lego Build in San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
4-6 p.m.
Working together in a group, fans can build a Lego version of Avaya Stadium in San Pedro Square Market with Earthquakes mascot Q. The first 100 fans to show up will receive an Earthquakes Oyo. Participants can sign up using this link.
 
Tuesday, March 2
Earthquakes Pub Crawl, presented by Modelo
Meet at The Brit on Santa Clara St. in Downtown San Jose
6-9 p.m.
Accompanied by an Earthquakes player from the Brit to O’Flaherty’s and ending up at San Pedro Square Market, fans can participate in the Earthquakes pump up pub-crawl. Participants can enjoy drink specials and chances to win prizes from Modelo.
 
The Britannia Arms: 6–6:45 p.m.
O’Flaherty’s: 6:45–7:30 p.m.
San Pedro Square Market: 7:30–9 p.m.
 
Friday, March 3
Win an Away Trip
San Pedro Square Market
12-1 p.m.
The inflatable goal will be in San Pedro Square Market at lunchtime, giving fans the chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to the Quakes vs. LA Galaxy match on Aug. 27. Trip includes two tickets to the game, airfare and hotel.
 
 
THIS WEEK
 
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of Feb. 27, 2017
 
Media must be escorted to the Earthquakes Training Facility by a member of the team’s media relations department. Please do not go out to the training field unattended.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 28 – 10 a.m. – Training at Earthquakes Training Facility
Wednesday, March 1 – TBD
Thursday, March 2 – 10 a.m. – Training at Earthquakes Training Facility
Friday, March 3 – 10 a.m. – Training at Earthquakes Training Facility
Saturday, March 4 – 6:45 p.m. – Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact, presented by Avaya – Avaya Stadium, LIVE on CSN Bay Area KNBR 1050 and KZSF 1370.
 
 
OPPONENT INFORMATION
 
Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact All-Time
 
MLS Regular Season: 0-3-2
Home: 0-0-2 (3 GF, 3 GA)
Away: 0-3-0 (2 GF, 8 GA)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; CCL: 1-1-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 5, Montreal – 11
 
Last Game vs. Montreal
Earthquakes 1, Montreal Impact 3; Sept 16, 2016; Stade Saputo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The San Jose Earthquakes fell 3-1 to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. The Montreal Impact took the lead in the 22nd minute. Matteo Mancosu shot at the Earthquakes’ goal, but goalkeeper David Bingham made the save. Dominic Oduro found the rebound and sent the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. Ten minutes later, the home side doubled their lead when Ignacio Piatti finished Mancosu’s central pass. Piatti received the ball by the penalty area and shot it hard and low. The ball once again found the bottom left corner. The Quakes entered the second half searching for a goal, which Wondolowski found in the 62nd minute. His 11th of the season, Wondolowski found the rebound from Darwin Ceren’s shot that was saved by Montreal keeper Evan Bush, and passed it into the goal. In the 87th minute, Laurent Ciman fouled Shea Salinas in the box, earning the Quakes a penalty kick. Wondolowski stepped up to the spot, but Bush made the save to maintain the advantage for the Impact. Montreal concluded the game in stoppage time with a Johan Venegas goal. Didier Drogba found Piatti at the top of the 18, who then laid the ball off to Venegas. Venegas made no mistake in finishing the opportunity and the game ended 3-1.
 
History of the Quakes – Montreal Impact Rivalry
The Earthquakes played the Montreal Impact for the first time in club history on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at Saputo Stadium in Montreal with the hosts winning 3-1. The second meeting between the two teams ended in a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 4, 2013 … The two teams met in 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League Group 5 play with the Impact taking the first leg 1-0 at Saputo Stadium on Aug. 7, 2013 … The Earthquakes kept their CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive with a 3-0 rout of the Montreal Impact at Buck Shaw Stadium … The Earthquakes traveled to Stade Saputo on Sept. 20, 2014, falling 2-0 despite holding Montreal scoreless for the first 80 minutes of the match … Avaya Stadium hosted the Impact for the first time on Sept. 16, 2015 in a game that ended 1-1 … The Earthquakes visited Montreal on Sept. 28, 2016, falling 3-1 to the home side.
 
Earthquakes-Montreal Impact Connections
San Jose defender Andres Imperiale, as well as Impact defender Victor Cabrera and midfielders Ignacio Piatti, Andres Romero, Adrian Arregui and Hernan Bernardello, were all born in Argentina … Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (2005-08) and Earthquakes defender Kofi Sarkodie (2008-10) both played collegiately at Akron … Montreal defender Kyle Fisher and San Jose goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell were teammates at Clemson from 2012-15 … Impact goalkeeper Eric Kronberg is from Santa Rosa and played two seasons for Cal (2004-05) … Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham also played for the Bears from 2008-10 … Impact forward Dominic Oduro played with Sarkodie in 2011 and Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski in 2009 on the Houston Dynamo.
 
EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Opening Assembly
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Where: Ardenwood Elementary in Fremont
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Where: Cedar Grove Elementary in San Jose
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Wednesday, March 1
Where: McKinley Elementary in San Jose
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Thursday, March 2
Where: Braly Elementary in Sunnyvale
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Closing Assembly
When: Thursday, March 2
Where: Maloney Elementary in Fremont
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Opening Assembly
When: Friday, March 3
Where: Zanker Elementary in Milpitas
 
Get Earthquakes Fit presented by Sutter Health
Who: Earthquakes front office
What: Get EQ Fit Opening Assembly
When: Friday, March 3
Where: Cadwallader Elementary in San Jose
 
Meet the Earthquakes Special Olympics Unified Team
Who: Earthquakes Special Olympics Unified team
What: Meet and greet
When: 1-3 p.m.
Where: San Pedro Square Market
 
 
THIS WEEK IN EARTHQUAKES HISTORY
A look back on important moments in Earthquakes history that took place during the week of Feb. 27 – March 5
 
March 2, 2009 – Acquired defender Chris Leitch
The Earthquakes acquired defender Chris Leitch from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for allocation money and an international roster slot. Leitch spent three seasons with the Quakes before retiring in 2011, appearing in 58 matches and tallying eight assists. He was the Earthquakes Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and helped the Quakes reach the conference final in 2010. He currently serves as the club’s technical director.
 
Feb. 28, 2015 – Avaya Stadium Soft Opening
A day after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Earthquakes hosted the LA Galaxy in a preseason contest in the first-ever game at Avaya Stadium. The Earthquakes won 3-2 against their California rivals.
 
ACADEMY UPDATE
The San Jose Earthquakes Academy had a busy weekend with the U-12, U-13, U-16 and U-18s all facing the Juventus Sport Club. The U-13 squad won 4-0 and one U-12 side also secured three points with a 7-2 win while the other fell 1-0. The U-16 squad lost 1-0 and the U-18s played to a scoreless draw. The academy will return to action next weekend with games against the Portland Timbers, San Francisco Elite Academy and the Seattle Sounders.
 
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