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WEEKLY UPDATE: July 17, 2017

The Quakes return to MLS action with a doubleheader this week after defeating the LA Galaxy 3-2 in the U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals last Monday and winning 4-1 win over Germany’s Eintracht Frankfurt in a friendly on Friday.

The club will travel to New York to take on the Red Bulls on Wednesday, July 19 at 4:30 p.m. PT, before heading to Washington to face Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. PT. Both matches will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.



Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 17-11-9

Home: 13-2-3 (38 GF, 17 GA)

Away: 4-9-6 (18 GF, 35 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 56, New York – 52


Last Game vs. New York

Earthquakes 2 – 0 Red Bulls; Saturday, April 13, 2016; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-0 behind goals from midfielder Fatai Alashe and forward Chris Wondolowski. San Jose nearly broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute. After Red Bulls midfielder Felipe slipped near half-field, Wondolowski broke away and set up a one-on-one with Robles, but narrowly sent his shot wide left. Seven minutes later, the Quakes were able to take the lead. Midfielder Matias Perez Garcia touched a pass to Alashe at the edge of the penalty area and his deflected shot snuck past Robles at the far post. New York nearly equalized to start the second half. In the 47th minute, halftime-substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips took a quick left-footed shot from the center of the box. Goalkeeper David Bingham fully extended to his left to make the save. The Quakes doubled their advantage in the 55th minute. Shea Salinas sent a pinpoint cross from the left flank to Wondolowski, who headed it past Robles. Wondolowski’s goal drew him level with Ante Razov for the fourth most career goals (114) in MLS history.

History of the Quakes – Red Bulls Rivalry

The two sides were part of the 10 original MLS clubs from the league’s inaugural 1996 season, when these teams were named the San Jose Clash and New York/New Jersey MetroStars … The Earthquakes had a 10-game unbeaten streak against New York from Aug. 9, 1998 - July 2, 2003, posting a 6-0-4 record during that stretch … That 10-game unbeaten streak is the third-longest against a single opponent in San Jose club history … New York and San Jose had a pair of classic shootouts in 2003 and 2004 … On July 2, 2003, the Quakes and then-MetroStars tied 4-4 at Giants Stadium, with Landon Donovan tying the game in stoppage time … The following year, the two teams combined for 10 goals in a 5-5 draw at Spartan Stadium on May 8 … The two teams met in the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time on Oct. 30, 2010, at Buck Shaw Stadium in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, as the Red Bulls won 1-0 on a goal by Joel Lindpere … They faced off again on Nov. 4, 2010, and the Earthquakes defeated top-seeded New York at Red Bull Arena, 3-1, with Chris Wondolowski’s 81st-minute goal ensuring the Quakes continued their improbable postseason run that year by advancing 3-2 on aggregate to the Eastern Conference Championship … Most recently, the Red Bulls took a 3-0 home decision last April 16, with the teams playing to an entertaining 2-2 draw at Stanford Stadium on July 2 in front of 41,028 spectators, the largest single-game crowd in club history at the time … With the league’s unbalanced schedule in 2012, the two sides played just once, a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena on April 14 … The Quakes won in dramatic fashion in their lone meeting of 2013, a 2-1 result after San Jose fell behind 1-0. Chris Wondolowski scored the game-winner from the penalty spot in stoppage time … San Jose tied the Red Bulls 1-1 in their meeting on July 19, 2014 at Red Bull Arena …The Earthquakes lost to the Red Bulls 2-0 in their only meeting of 2015 on April 17 at Red Bull Arena … In 2016, the Quakes flipped the result with a 2-0 win at Avaya Stadium thanks to goals from Fatai Alashe and Chris Wondolowski, whose goal leveled him with Ante Razov for the fourth most career goals in MLS history (114).

Earthquakes – Red Bulls Connections

Former Quakes defender and current head coach Chris Leitch had two stints in New York, one from 2003-05, and another from 2007-08 … Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins and Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips were both born in England … Dawkins and Red Bulls defender Kemar Lawrence have both played for the Jamaican National Team … Quakes defender Andres Imperiale and Red Bulls midfielder/forward Gonzalo Veron are both Argentinian … San Jose midfielder Jackson Yueill (2015-16) and Red Bulls midfielder Sal Zizzo (2005-06) both played at UCLA … Red Bulls midfielders Sacha Kljestan and Sal Zizzo and goalkeeper Luis Robles, along with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and goalkeeper David Bingham, have all played for the U.S. National Team … San Jose midfielder Anibal Godoy and New York defender Michael Murillo are both from Panama City, Panama, and have played for their national team … Quakes midfielder Darwin Ceren and Red Bulls defender Aurelien Collin played together at Orlando City SC during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.


Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 10-7-5

Home: 5-1-4 (14 GF, 6 GA)

Away: 5-6-1 (13 GF, 17 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 26, Seattle Sounders FC – 24


Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Earthquakes 1 – 1 Seattle Sounders FC; April 8, 2017; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA

The San Jose Earthquakes earned a point in a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC at Avaya Stadium. After Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the 84th minute to give Seattle the lead, Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored his second goal of the season to equalize the match in the waning moments.


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 squared off twice in 2013, 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 shut out 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 … On May 7, 2016, the Earthquakes fell to Seattle Sounders FC 2-0 at CenturyLink Field in their first encounter of 2016, snapping a five-game unbeaten streak against Seattle (3-0-2) dating back to the 2014 season … The Quakes then drew 1-1 at Avaya Stadium in the return fixture on Sept. 10, 2016 … The two clubs repeated the result to start the series in 2017, thanks to a last-gasp equalizer from Chris Wondolowski at Avaya Stadium.

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 … 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 defender Nick Lima, as well as Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei, played at Cal … Earthquakes defender Shaun Francis and Sounders FC midfielder/defender Oniel Fisher were both born in Jamaica … Francis and Fisher play on the Jamaican national team together … 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 … San Jose midfielder Cordell Cato and Seattle defender Joevin Jones are both from Trinidad & Tobago … Quakes midfielders Anibal Godoy and Sounders FC defender Roman Torres were both born in Panama City, Panama and have both played for their national team… Seattle forward Jordan Morris, midfielder Aaron Kovar and defender Chad Marshall all played at Stanford collegiately.



Mascot Meet & Greet

Who: Earthquakes mascot ‘Q’

What: Quakes fans will have the chance to meet and take photos with Earthquakes mascot ‘Q.’

When: Saturday, July 22 from 12-2 p.m.

Where: Walmart Supercenter – 777 Story Rd., San Jose, CA 95122



For The Record

The last time these two sides met, Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski scored his 114th career goal, bringing him level with Ante Razov for fourth-most goals all-time in MLS history. This time around, Wondolowski is just two goals away from an eighth consecutive season with 10 or more goals, which would extend the MLS record he set last season.

Potential Preview

Wednesday's match could serve as a preview to a potential U.S. Open Cup final, as both the Quakes and Red Bulls advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament last week. If both advance to the final, the Red Bulls would host the Quakes again.

Clicking Offense

Chris Wondolowski has scored four goals in his last three matches, while Danny Hoesen has three in his last five appearances, both of them across all competitions. The Quakes’ 3-2 win over the Galaxy in the U.S. Open Cup last week marked the fifth consecutive multi-goal goal game for the Quakes across all competitions, including three in MLS.

Duty Calls

Earthquakes midfielders Anibal Godoy and Darwin Ceren, as well as forward Marco Ureña, will continue to be absent from the squad as all three advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup with their respective national teams.

Possible Debut

The Earthquakes new Designated Player, Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili, travelled with the club to New York and could make his MLS debut against the Red Bulls on Wednesday.




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