WEEKLY UPDATE: July 31, 2017

The Quakes are at home this week and will take on Columbus Crew SC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports California Plus, KNBR 1050 and 1370 KZSF.

Saturday will also be the Quakes’ seventh annual A&W Root Beer Float Night, where fans can enjoy delicious root beer floats prepared by a host of Bay Area celebrities, including various TV and radio show personalities. These local celebrities have linked up with the Earthquakes to scoop, pour and serve A&W Root Beer Floats for a good cause. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization dedicated to the development of young athletes and youth sports in the Bay Area.

 

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew SC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 14-19-7

Home: 11-6-4 (38 GF, 34 GA)

Away: 3-13-3 (19 GF, 31 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 57, Columbus Crew SC – 65

 

Last Game vs. Columbus

Earthquakes 0 – 2 Columbus Crew SC; Aug. 26, 2016; Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH

The San Jose Earthquakes gave up a goal midway through the first half and a late penalty kick to fall 2-0 to Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium. Watch highlights

History of the Quakes – Crew SC Rivalry

San Jose and Columbus, two of the 10 original sides from the inaugural MLS season in 1996, have had a strong rivalry in MLS history, facing off on two separate occasions in the playoffs and competing in a number of memorable games … In 2001, the Quakes eliminated the Crew from the MLS Cup Playoffs with two convincing wins, 3-1 and 3-0, en route to winning the MLS Cup … Columbus turned the tables on San Jose in 2002 by knocking the Quakes out of the postseason with a pair of 2-1 victories that both came on 81st-minute goals … Ex-Quakes midfielder Ronnie Ekelund scored one of the best goals in league history against Columbus on Sept. 7, 2002, as Richard Mulrooney lifted a free kick up for Ekelund, who half-volleyed a shot from 25 yards out and into the upper corner … The Quakes went on to win 4-3 in overtime with ex-San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch in net for the Crew SC … That result marked the team’s first regular-season overtime win in club history … In 2010, both games ended in ties, the first a 2-2 result in San Jose and the second a 0-0 tie in Columbus … In 2011, the Earthquakes took the first game, 3-0 with goals from Chris Wondolowski, Brandon McDonald and Khari Stephenson, while the teams played to another scoreless deadlock in Columbus on July 16, 2011 … Their 2012 match-up had roots with the Earthquakes’ “Goonies never say die,” slogan as Alan Gordon scored a 90th-minute equalizer to lock the game at 1-1 on May 19 at Buck Shaw Stadium (one week later, Gordon would score a stoppage-time winner against the LA Galaxy, spurring teammate and former Crew forward Steven Lenhart to proclaim, “Goonies never say die!”) … The two sides finished their 2013 affair in a 1-1 deadlock as Justin Morrow provided the come-from-behind moment for San Jose in the 73rd minute … In 2014, Shea Salinas assisted Wondolowski to rally the Earthquakes to a 1-1 draw, despite the Crew going into halftime with the lead … In their only matchup of 2015, San Jose shut out Columbus 2-0 at Avaya Stadium thanks to goals from Wondolowski and Salinas … In their lone encounter in 2016, the Quakes fell 2-0 at Mapfre Stadium behind an Ethan Finley first half goal and a late Justin Meram penalty kick.

Earthquakes – Crew SC Connections

Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham (2008-10), defender Nick Lima and Crew SC midfielder Hector Jimenez (2006-10) all played collegiately at Cal … Quakes defender Andres Imperiale, as well as Columbus defender Gaston Sauro and midfielder Federico Higuain, are all from Argentina … Columbus Crew SC assistant coach Pat Onstad was one of the most prolific goalkeepers in Earthquakes history. During his career with the Quakes, he helped the team win the MLS Cup in 2003, was named MLS Goalkeeper of the year twice (2003, 2005) and was selected to the MLS Best XI team twice (2003, 2005) … Earthquakes defender Kofi Sarkodie (2008-10) and Columbus midfielder Wil Trapp (2011-12) both attended the University of Akron  … Forward Adam Jahn was traded from San Jose to Columbus on July 30, 2016 after playing nearly four years with the club and scoring six goals over 62 appearances … Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy and Crew midfielder Cristian Martinez were both born in Panama and have featured for their national team … Quakes midfielder Matheus Silva and Crew SC midfielder Artur are both from Brazil … San Jose forward Marco Ureña and Columbus defender Waylon Francis were both born in Costa Rica and have featured for their national team.

 

EARTHQUAKES IN THE COMMUNITY

Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae

Who: Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, midfielder Shea Salinas and goalkeepers David Bingham and Andrew Tarbell

What: Celebrity shootout at Ellie Mae Classic 

When: Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 5:40 p.m. 

Where: TPC Stonebrae in Hawyard

Tickets: If you’d like to come watch the Quakes players in the Celebrity Shootout, you can purchase tickets here and all proceeds will benefit the Quakes Foundation.

 

National Night Out

Who: Earthquakes mascot ‘Q’

What: Meet and Greet at National Night Out events
When: Tuesday, Aug. 1
Where: Various locations around San Jose

 

Meriwest Meet & Greet

Who: Earthquakes defender Nick Lima

What: Meet & Greet at Meriwest Credit Union
When: Wednesday, Aug. 2 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
Where: Meriwest Credit Union; 19549 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014

 

SoccerKraze Meet & Greet

Who: Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas

What: Meet & Greet at SoccerKraze 
When: Thursday, Aug. 3 from 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: SoccerKraze; 797 W Hamilton Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

 

Modelo Meet & Greet

Who: Earthquakes midfielder Anibal Godoy

What: Meet & Greet at Lucky 7 Supermarket  
When: Friday, Aug. 5 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. 
Where: 1675 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA 95122

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

No Place Like Home

The Quakes are currently on a five-game undefeated streak against Crew SC at home that dates back to June 2, 2010 (2-0-3). Overall, the Quakes have lost just once in their past nine encounters (2-1-6) against Crew SC and have lost only six times at home to the Ohio club since the two MLS originals began play in 1996.

Consistency Is Key

Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski has scored at least 10 or more goals for the past seven MLS seasons and is currently just two goals away from extending the record he set last year to an eighth consecutive season.

The Rookie Strikes Again

Quakes defender and Homegrown Player Nick Lima scored his second career goal during his side’s 1-0 win against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. His game-winning strike from distance was nominated for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week.

Home Debut

Although he made his Avaya Stadium debut in the Quakes’ friendly against Eintracht Frankfurt on July 10, Vako has the chance to make his first MLS appearance at home on Saturday evening.

Return of a Club Legend

Crew SC assistant coach Pat Onstad was one of the most prolific goalkeepers in Quakes history. During his career with the Quakes, he helped the team win the MLS Cup in 2003, was named MLS Goalkeeper of the year twice (2003, 2005) and was selected to the MLS Best XI team twice (2003, 2005).

 

RENO 1868 FC UPDATE

Reno 1868 FC extended their unbeaten streak in USL play to six games, storming to a 4-1 win on the road against Swope Park Rangers on Saturday night.

The Quakes’ affiliate will remain on the road this week, first facing off against OKC Energy on Wednesday, Aug. 2, before taking on Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, Aug. 5. Both matches are scheduled to kick off at 5:30 p.m. PT. will be broadcast live on uslsoccer.com.

 

NEWS ARTICLES

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