MATCH STORYLINES: Quakes head north for match against Toronto FC

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 5-4-4

Home: 3-2-1 (9 GF, 9 GA)

Away: 2-2-3 (9 GF, 8 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 18, Toronto FC – 17

Last Game vs. Toronto FC 

Earthquakes 2, Toronto FC 1; July 16, 2016; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA.

The San Jose Earthquakes defeated Toronto FC 2-1 at Avaya Stadium despite playing with nine men for most of the second half. Forward Quincy Amarikwa’s first half goal and midfielder Simon Dawkins’ late strike earned the Quakes the victory. The Earthquakes’ persistence in Toronto’s half gave the home side a 1-0 advantage in the 30th minute. Midfielder Fatai Alashe sent a low cross finding Amarikwa at the top of the six-yard box who one-touched the ball past Bono. Two former Earthquakes players helped Toronto FC equalize just before the half. After San Jose was reduced to 10 men following an Anibal Godoy red card, defender Steven Beitashour sent a cross that found fellow defender Justin Morrow who tapped the ball past goalkeeper David Bingham. Despite going down to nine men early in the second half after Alberto Quintero was shown the red card in the 53rd minute, the Earthquakes took the lead in the 70th minute. After Cato’s feed, Dawkins weaved his way through Toronto FC’s defenders and fired a beautifully placed long-distance shot in the top right corner to put the Quakes ahead 2-1.

History of the Quakes – Toronto FC Rivalry

The two teams tied 0-0 on July 19, 2008, at Toronto’s BMO Field in the debut of former Quakes star Darren Huckerby … San Jose produced a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2008, in the regular-season finale for both teams … Toronto FC posted a 3-1 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 11, 2009 …The Quakes earned a 1-1 road draw on Oct. 10, 2009, thanks to a stoppage-time equalizer by Cornell Glen … Toronto FC defeated the Earthquakes 3-1 again at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29, 2010, though the Quakes returned the favor at BMO Field on Sept. 25 with a 3-2 decision as Chris Wondolowski registered all three goals … Both meetings in 2011 ended in 1-1 deadlocks. San Jose’s Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon accounted for the scoring at Buck Shaw on April 9. At BMO Field on Aug. 27, Eric Avila’s 32nd-minute goal was cancelled out by Wondolowski’s late equalizer in the 87th minute … Wondolowski continued his dominance north of the border when the Quakes beat Toronto FC 3-0 on March 24, 2012, scoring two of San Jose’s three goals in the process … In 2013, the Quakes staged a dramatic come-from-behind win against Toronto with Adam Jahn scoring to tie the match, before Wondolowski netted the winner in the 81st minute for a 2-1 victory … On June 7, 2014, Toronto FC got a 1-0 victory at BMO Field thanks to a Jermain Defoe penalty kick … In their only meeting of 2015, the Quakes fell to Toronto FC 3-1 despite a goal from forward Chris Wondolowski … Playing with nine men, the Quakes came from behind to defeat Toronto 2-1 with goals from Quincy Amarikwa and Simon Dawkins on July 16, 2016.

Earthquakes – Toronto FC Connections

Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow was drafted by the Quakes in the second round (28th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and played for San Jose from 2010-13 before being traded to Toronto … Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was part of the 2014 U.S. World Cup team along with Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley … San Jose midfielder Tommy Thompson (2013) as well as Toronto FC defenders Eriq Zavaleta (2011-12) and Drew Moor (2003-04) all played collegiately at the University of Indiana … Quakes defender Marvell Wynne made 76 starts with Toronto FC from 2007-09 and tallied each of his two career goals with the club in 2008 … Wynne also played with Moor (2010-14) and Toronto FC’s Clint Irwin (2013-14) on the Colorado Rapids … Toronto FC defender Steven Beitashour is from San Jose and played for the Earthquakes from 2010-2013, making 87 appearances and scoring two goals … Earthquakes midfielder Fatai Alashe (2011-14) and Toronto FC midfielder Jay Chapman (2012-14) were teammates at Michigan State … Quakes forward Quincy Amarikwa made 11 appearances for Toronto FC in the 2012 season … Amarikwa and Moor were teammates on the Colorado Rapids from 2010-12 ... Quakes assistant coach Alex Covelo and Toronto FC midfielder Victor Vazquez were both born in Spain and played in FC Barcelona’s youth academy ... Toronto FC defender Jason Hernandez played for the Earthquakes from 2008-14, making 165 appearances for San Jose (fifth most in club history) ... Quakes midfielder Anibal Godoy and defender Harold Cummings, along with Toronto FC midfielder Armando Cooper, were all born in Panama and have played for their national team.

Split Down The Middle

The Earthquakes head into Saturday’s match with a 2-2-3 record at BMO Field from their previous seven visits. 

The Leader

Quakes captain Chris Wondolowski has scored eight goals from his nine appearances against Toronto FC as a Quakes player, more than any other player in the all-time club series. He is also tied for third for most goals all-time against Toronto FC in league history.

Immediate Impact

New Quakes Designated Player Vako enters Saturday’s match after scoring his second goal in three games on Aug. 27 against the Galaxy. It was his third goal in seven appearances for the Quakes this season.

Mr. Earthquakes

If Wondolowski features against Toronto FC on Saturday, he will equal Ramiro Corrales’ all-time record for most games played for San Jose (250).

Road Record

Wondolowski scored his 64th career road goal in the Quakes’ 3-0 win against the LA Galaxy on Aug. 27, surpassing Landon Donovan for the all-time record of goals scored away from home. 

Against the East

San Jose currently holds a 2-3-3 record against Eastern Conference sides this season, including wins over the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew SC.

O Canada!

The Quakes are undefeated against Canadian sides dating back to October 2016 in regular season play (2-0-1).

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