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WEEKLY UPDATE: September 18, 2017

The Earthquakes will hit to road this week to take on D.C. United on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. PT in their first and only encounter with the Eastern Conference side in the 2017 MLS regular season. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports California, KSFO 560 AM and 1370 KZSF.

The Quakes are coming off a 1-0 victory against the Houston Dynamo at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16, where forward Chris Wondolowski made his 251st appearance in a Quakes uniform to break the club’s all-time record set by Ramiro Corrales.

 

OPPONENT INFORMATION

Earthquakes vs. D.C. United All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 17-13-7

Home: 8-4-7 (30 GF, 26 GA)

Away: 9-9-0 (27 GF, 33 GA)

All-Time Scoring: San Jose – 57, D.C. United – 59

Last Game vs. D.C. United

Earthquakes 1 – 1 D.C. United; April 2, 2016; Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA.

The San Jose Earthquakes earned a point with a 1-1 tie against D.C. United at Avaya Stadium. Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn scored a late equalizer in the 88th minute, the same minute as former San Jose Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the game-winning goal in the MLS inaugural match between San Jose and D.C. on April 6, 1996.

History of the Quakes – D.C. United Rivalry

San Jose and D.C. United are two of the 10 original MLS teams from the inaugural 1996 season … San Jose beat D.C. in MLS’ historic inaugural match, 1-0, on April 6, 1996, before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium … In 2005, the Quakes were blanked by D.C. United at RFK Stadium, 3-0, on July 15, prior to reeling off a run of 11-0-3 en route to the franchise’s first MLS Supporters’ Shield … Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski scored a brace in a 2-0 win at D.C. United on Oct. 9, 2010, a result that clinched San Jose’s first MLS Cup Playoffs berth since the club rejoined the league in 2008 … In 2011, the Earthquakes won at RFK Stadium, 4-2, behind Steven Lenhart’s first MLS hat trick, with Lenhart also assisting on Simon Dawkins’ game-winner early in the second half … D.C. United returned the favor at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 30 as a Dwayne De Rosario brace gave the visitors a 2-0 victory … The result snapped a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) for the Quakes against D.C. United dating back to June 22, 2008 … In 2012, San Jose came back from an early one-goal deficit to defeat D.C. United 5-3 at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 2 thanks to braces from Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart … In 2013, D.C. United defeated San Jose 1-0 at RFK Stadium … In 2014, D.C. United beat the Quakes at Buck Shaw Stadium 2-1 … The Earthquakes defeated D.C. United 2-0 in their only meeting in 2015… In 2016, the Earthquakes tied with D.C. United 1-1 with a late equalizer from Quakes forward Adam Jahn in their only meeting of the season.

Earthquakes – D.C. United Connections

D.C. United forward midfielder/forward Luciano Acosta and Quakes defender Andres Imperiale were both born in Argentina … Quakes forward Quincy Amarikwa and D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe both played together for the Chicago Fire from 2013-2014 … Quakes midfielder Kofi Sarkodie and D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe were both born in Ohio … D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum, Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham and Quakes defender Nick Lima all went to Cal … D.C. United midfielders Julian Büscher, Russell Canouse, Zoltán Stieber and Jared Jeffrey, along with Quakes midfielder Jahmir Hyka, defender/midfielder Florian Jungwirth and defender Francois Affolter have all played in the Bundesliga at youth or senior levels … D.C. United midfielders Ian Harkes and Lloyd Sam, and Earthquakes midfielder Simon Dawkins were all born in England … D.C. United midfielder Marcelo Sarvas and San Jose midfielder Matheus Silva are both Brazilian … Quakes midfielder Marc Pelosi and forward Danny Hoesen along with D.C. United midfielders Rob Vincent and Lloyd Sam have played in the Premier League at youth or senior levels.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Staying Alive

After a crucial win against the Houston Dynamo, the Quakes moved above the playoff line into fifth place in the Western Conference. The race remains tight with the Quakes (39) just one point above Real Salt Lake, Houston Dynamo and FC Dallas.

Another Record in Sight

If Chris Wondolowski scores against D.C. United, he will tie D.C. United legend Jaime Moreno for third most goals in Major League Soccer history (133).

Struggles at Home

D.C. United is one of two MLS teams that have a losing record at home this year (5-7-3). The only other team is the LA Galaxy (2-9-4).

Advantage in the Rivalry

The Quakes have won six of their past 12 matchups with D.C. United dating back to Sept. 6, 2008 (6-3-3).

Last Visit to RFK

Saturday’s match will mark the Quakes’ final visit to RFK Stadium. San Jose holds a 9-9-0 all-time record at D.C. United’s home. The Earthquakes’ nine wins at RFK are tied for the most by any team currently in the Western Conference (LA).

Against the East

San Jose currently has a 2-4-3 record so far this season against the Eastern Conference, having previously defeated the Montreal Impact (3/4) and Columbus Crew SC (8/5).

  

RENO 1868 FC UPDATE

The Quakes’ USL affiliate Reno 1868 FC’s seven-match unbeaten streak was snapped Saturday in Texas. The final match of Reno’s four game road series resulted in a 1-0 loss to Rio Grande Valley FC in the club’s second meeting with the team this season. Reno is now just three points away of securing a playoff spot and just two goals away from setting a new USL record for most goals in a single season.

Reno 1868 FC will return to Greater Nevada Field to host OKC Energy FC on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:45 p.m. PT

 

QUAKES ACADEMY UPDATE

The Quakes Boys’ Academy enjoyed a successful weekend against the Silicon Valley Soccer Academy. The U-12s squads won 6-2 and 3-2, the U-13s won 5-0, the U-14s won 3-1, U-15s won 2-1, the U-17s won 2-0 and the U-19s won 3-1. This Saturday, the U-12 squads face the San Francisco Elite Academy, the U-13s and U-14s will face the San Joaquin Valley Soccer Academy and the U-15s, U-17s and U-19s boys will play FC Golden State. On Sunday, the U-15s, U-17s and U-19s will take on the LA Galaxy.

The Quakes Girls’ Academy had a busy weekend against the West Coast Futbol Club and LA Galaxy San Diego. On Saturday, the U-14s won 3-2, the U-15s won 2-1, the U-17s tied 1-1 and the U-19s fell 4-0 against West Coast Futbol Club. On Sunday, the U-14s tied 1-1, the U-15s fell 4-2, the U-17s fell 2-0 and the U-19s tied 2-2 against LA Galaxy San Diego. The girls will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 7 against La Roca Futbol Club.

 

NEWS ARTICLES

“Spirit of the team" shines as San Jose Earthquakes land amid playoff pack
By Geoff Lepper, mlssoccer.com
 
Earthquakes earn crucial win over Houston to improve playoff chances
By Martin Gallegos, The Mercury News

Chris Wondolowski sets appearance record for the San Jose Earthquakes

Staff, goal.com

http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/chris-wondolowski-sets-appearance-record-for-the-san-jose/avjd7a1kpgzp13vm2k1jwdyc1

Chris Wondolowski, One-on-one: His Cinderella story, USMNT future and that miss vs. Belgium

By Scott French, fourfourtwo.com

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/us/features/chris-wondolowski-one-one-his-cinderella-story-usmnt-future-and-miss-vs-belgium

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