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MATCH STORYLINE: Quakes to host international friendly against Cruz Azul

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

International Success
The San Jose Earthquakes have a winning record in international friendlies, going 11-10-9 dating back to 1996. They have an 8-2-5 record in the past 14 friendly matches.

Our Captain
Chris Wondolowski is currently the Quakes' leading goal scorer in international friendlies with four goals, finding the back of the net against San Luis FC (1), Real Sociedad (2) and Eintracht Frankfurt (1).

First Meeting
Saturday's match will mark the first-ever meeting between Cruz Azul and the San Jose Earthquakes.

Tough Competition
The San Jose Earthquakes have a 1-7-3 record when playing Liga MX teams in international friendlies.

Homegrown Opportunities
In the Earthquakes' last international friendly, Homegrown players Gilbert Fuentes, JT Marcinkowski and Jacob Akanyirige made their Quakes debut while all five Homegrowns featured against Manchester United on July 22, 2018.


EARTHQUAKES NOTES

Earthquakes Hire Matias Almeyda as Head Coach
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the club has hired Matias Almeyda as head coach. The former Argentina National Team midfielder recently led Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara to the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League title. Interim head coach Steve Ralston will remain in his role for the final two matches of the 2018 regular season before Almeyda takes over in 2019. Almeyda, 44, comes to San Jose with an extensive background both as a player and manager. He most recently served as head coach of Chivas from September 2015 to June 2018, where he led the club to five trophies in his three seasons. During his tenure, Almeyda managed numerous Mexican National Team players, including Carlos Salcedo, Omar Bravo, Alan Pulido, Oswaldo Alanis, Rodolfo Pizarro, Miguel Angel Ponce and Isaac Brizuela. Read the full story here.

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