Earthquakes back to MLS action

Todd Dunivant could see his first MLS action of 2004 on Saturday.

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This Week's Match-Up

The Earthquakes return to MLS action this weekend after their 3-1 loss on June 5 against the Canadian National Team in an international exhibition match shortened due to a power outage at Spartan Stadium. The Quakes hope to return to their winning ways when they take on the MetroStars on Saturday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. The last Quakes-MetroStars match-up resulted in an exciting 5-5 tie. The game will be broadcast on 1590 AM KLIV (English), 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish) and HDNet. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free U.S. Army seat cushion.

The Earthquakes will also host a silent auction to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) on June 12 during the match against the MetroStars to support Todd Dunivant's LLS Man of the Year campaign. He has undertaken the campaign in honor of his brother, Luke, a Leukemia survivor. In conjunction with the Earthquakes, Dunivant will compete with five other candidates to raise the most funds in an eight-week period to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The candidate with the most funds at the end of the period will win the title of Man or Woman of the Year. Items up for auction include Earthquakes paraphernalia and jerseys signed by MLS stars such as Freddy Adu, Joe Cannon, DaMarcus Beasley and the MetroStars team. To contribute to Todd's Man of the Year campaign and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please make checks payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and mail to 100 North Almaden Ave. San Jose, CA, 95110. Donations are also accepted online via credit card at: www.active.com/donate/dunivant.

Earthquakes All-Time Record vs. MetroStars
MLS Regular Season: 10-5-5
Home: 8-2-0
Away: 3-3-4
Shootout: 2-0 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-4 (2000-2003)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 34, MetroStars - 28

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 6/7/04*
Tuesday, June 8: 10:15 a.m. – Training at West Valley College
Wednesday, June 9: Off
Thursday, June 10: 10:15 a.m. – Training at West Valley College
Friday, June 11: 10:15 a.m. – Training at Spartan Stadium
Saturday, June 12: 7:00 p.m. – Earthquakes vs. MetroStars at Spartan Stadium live on 1590 KLIV, 1370 AM KZSF, and HDNet.

*All times Pacific

Injury Report/Suspensions
Out:

Chris Ronér (R - ankle surgery)

Eddie Robinson (L - ruptured tendon of left hamstring)
Doubtful:

Troy Dayak (upper back strain)
Questionable:

Jamil Walker (R - ankle sprain)
Probable:

Chris Brown (L - ankle sprain)

Ian Russell (R - groin strain)

Todd Dunivant (L - quadriceps strain)

Last Match

Canadian National Team 3, Earthquakes 1

Saturday, June 5, 2004; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

The San Jose Earthquakes dropped a 3-1 decision to the Canadian National Team in a match that was abruptly ended in approximately the 75th minute due to a power outage at Spartan Stadium. Former Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop was victorious in his return to San Jose as the head coach of the Canadian Team, as they pushed out to a 3-0 lead before Brian Ching scored on a penalty kick for the Quakes to make the final score 3-1. Canada took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on a goal from Everton forward Tomasz Radzinski. A shot by Julian de Guzman deflected off San Jose goalkeeper Jon Conway directly to an open Radzinski at the six-yard line, who one-timed the ball into the net, giving Canada the early lead. Canada extended its lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute on a San Jose own goal. On an attempted cross from Canada's Paul Peschisolido, Quakes defender Craig Waibel deflected the ball into his own net. In the 56th minute, Peschisolido re-directed a hard Julian de Guzman shot past Conway into the net, pushing Canada's lead to 3-0. The Earthquakes closed the gap to 3-1 in the 60th minute when Arturo Alvarez dribbled from the left side to the top of the 18-yard box. Surrounded by three Canadian defenders, Alvarez blasted a shot that deflected off the hands of Canada's Kevin McKenna, drawing a penalty kick. San Jose forward Brian Ching slotted the penalty kick to the right of substitute goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld. In the 61st minute, the game was momentarily halted due to a power outage at Spartan Stadium that also affected surrounding neighborhoods. The teams played on for about 15 more minutes under the rapidly growing dusk until the referee ended the game in approximately the 75th minute, giving Canada the 3-1 win.

Last Match vs. MetroStars

Earthquakes 5, MetroStars 5

Saturday, May 8, 2004; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

In a record setting night at Spartan Stadium, the Earthquakes and Metrostars played to an exciting and entertaining 5-5 tie, setting a new Earthquakes record for most combined goals in a game with 10. A back and forth affair that saw the Quakes rally from an early 1-0 deficit, the game was highlighted by Landon Donovan's first goal of 2004, Craig Waibel's first MLS goal, two penalty kicks and several incredible strikes. The MetroStars started the scoring early, getting on the board in the sixth minute when Cornell Glen beat several defenders before firing a low shot into the right corner of the Quakes net from about 25 yards out to give the Metros a 1-0 lead. San Jose stormed back to tie the match at 1-1 in the 13th minute on Brian Ching's second goal of the year. Chris Brown would score his first Earthquakes goal in the 24th minute to give San Jose a 2-1 lead. The Quakes lead would be short-lived, however, as the Metros and Joselito Vaca tied the game at 2-2 just one minute later. Donovan scored his first goal of the 2004 season in the 43rd minute to give San Jose a 3-2 lead on a brilliant individual effort. Fabian Taylor knotted the game at 3-3 in the 45th minute when his rocket of a shot from 30 yards out soared over Onstad. The fireworks continued into the second half, as the Quakes took a 4-3 lead on a Ronnie Ekelund penalty kick in the 56th minute. San Jose upped their lead to 5-3 just four minutes later on Waibel's first career MLS goal. The Metros closed the gap to 5-4 following an Agoos foul on Glen at the edge of the penalty box, setting up Amado Guevara's penalty kick goal. With the Quakes just minutes away from clinching their first victory of the season at home, the Metros managed to tie the game at 5-5 when Eddie Gaven sent a cross from the right through the Quakes defense that Glen was able to touch past Onstad.

Misc. Notes

In June

June has historically been the Quakes best month as they have posted a 20-14-6 MLS record all-time in the month. In the past three seasons, the team has gone 9-2-3 in June.

Quakes In the Community

When: Monday, June 7
What: Outback Charity Golf Classic
Who: Dominic Kinnear, Richard Mulrooney, Craig Waibel and Jon Conway
Details: The four participated in the fifth annual Outback Charity Golf Classic hosted by John Madden at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton. The tournament benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This is the second time the San Jose Earthquakes have participated.

When: Tuesday, June 8 - 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM
What: Reading Olympics at El Carmelo Elementary School - Palo Alto, CA
Who: Wes Hart
Details: Wes Hart will be awarding medals to Reading Olympics participants in a second grade class for their efforts in reading. Hart will also speak about the importance of reading and sign autographs for the students.

When: Wednesday, June 9 - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
What: US Army Clinic at MACSA - San Jose, CA
Details: Craig Waibel and MLS Camps will be running a mini-clinic presented by the US Army for kids ages 14- 19 at the Mexican-American Community Services Agency. After the clinic, Waibel will be signing autographs.

Yallop Recognized By Earthquakes

Former Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop returned to Spartan Stadium June 5 as the current coach for the Canadian National Team. Before the match, the Earthquakes thanked Yallop for his past dedication to the San Jose team by presenting him with his 2003 MLS Cup Championship ring and a commemorative framed photo signed by the Earthquakes players and staff. Yallop led the Quakes to two MLS Cup Championships between 2001 and 2003 with a regular season record of 41-25-18.

Spartan Stadium Loses Power

In the 61st minute of the June 5 match against Canada, the game was momentarily halted due to a power outage at Spartan Stadium that also affected surrounding neighborhoods. The teams played on for about 15 more minutes under the rapidly growing dusk until the referee ended the game due to darkness in approximately the 75th minute, giving Canada the 3-1 win.

Onstad And De Rosario To Stay With Canadian National Team

Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad and forward Dwayne De Rosario will continue to train with the Canadian National Team as they prepare for Canada's first World Cup Qualifying round, playing against Belize on Sunday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 16. Onstad and De Rosario will miss this weekend's match against the MetroStars and will reunite with the Earthquakes in Chicago before San Jose's June 19 match against the Fire.

Donovan With U.S. National Team

Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan is currently with the U.S. National Team in Columbus, Ohio in preparation for the team's upcoming World Cup Qualifying games. The U.S. National Team will face Grenada on Sunday, June 13 at Crew Stadium (10:00 a.m. PT) and again on June 20 in St. George's, Grenada (1:00 p.m PT). Both U.S. National Team games will air on ESPN2 and Telemundo. Donovan will miss the Quakes match on Saturday, June 12 against the MetroStars and the game on June 19 in Chicago while he is with the national team.

Dunivant Returns To The Field

Earthquakes defender Todd Dunivant made his first 2004 appearance on Saturday against the Canadian National Team when he came on as a substitute in the 46th minute. Dunivant was sidelined earlier this season due to a left quadriceps strain. His return comes at a crucial time for the Quakes, who are shorthanded due to injuries and national teams call-ups. As a rookie in 2003 Dunivant played the most regular season minutes of any field player in MLS, appearing in every San Jose regular season game.

Earthquakes Against International Competition

The Earthquakes 3-1 loss to Canada on June 5 was the first time San Jose has faced a country's national team. The loss moves their all-time record against international competition to 12-14-6 against teams from 14 different nations, including exhibitions, CONCACAF Champions Cup matches and the pre-season La Manga Cup. In exhibition games vs. international teams, the Quakes are 7-10-6 and the team owns a 5-3-0 record in CONCACAF Champions Cup play.

Mulrooney, Russell Hot in June

Quakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney has typically played well in June in his career as he has notched 11 of his club record 39 assists in the month. June has been the best month in his career for points, racking up 13 points in the month. Ian Russell has also been strong in June, scoring two goals and notching six assists for 10 career points in the month.

Lalas Visits Galaxy

Earthquakes General Manager Alexi Lalas visited his former club the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 5 to participate in a Farewell Match for Galaxy midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos at The Home Depot Center. Lalas' Galaxy alumni team was defeated by "El Salvador Select," a group of former Salvadoran national team players, by a score of 4-3. Lalas was a member of the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2001 to 2003, where he helped lead the club to the MLS Cup Championship in 2002.

Quakes and MetroStars Goal Records

The Earthquakes and MetroStars have been involved in two high-scoring matches in the past two seasons. On July 2, 2003, the teams tied 4-4 at Giants Stadium, setting a San Jose club record for most combined goals by both teams in a match. The two teams topped that feat this season on May 8, as they played to a 5-5 tie at Spartan Stadium. The 10 goals set a new San Jose club record for combined goals and was one goal short of the all-time MLS record for goals in a game. The two teams also tied the MLS record in that match for most combined goals in the first half with six.

Success In The Past

Of the Quakes and MetroStars 20 meetings since 1996, the Earthquakes have lost only five games. The Quakes had a 10-game unbeaten streak against the MetroStars that stretched from August 9, 1998 - July 2, 2003 before they lost to them 2-0 at Spartan Stadium on October 5, 2003. During the streak, the Earthquakes held a 6-0-4 record against the Metros.

Home Sweet Home

The Earthquakes enjoy a 7-2-1 all-time record vs. the MetroStars at Spartan Stadium. The Earthquakes have yet to lose a regular season MLS match on their home turf in 2004. So far this season the Quakes are 1-0-3 at Spartan Stadium. Saturday's match is the second and final game against the MetroStars in San Jose this year.

Last Minute Goals

The Earthquakes have outscored the Metros 34-28 all-time since 1996. San Jose owns the biggest edge in the last 15 minutes of games, scoring eight goals to the MetroStars six.

Earthquakes - MetroStars Connections

Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Conway attended Rutgers University ... Earthquakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales played for the MetroStars from 1998-2000 ... Earthquakes defender Troy Dayak was originally drafted by the MetroStars in the 1996 MLS Draft, before being traded to San Jose in the first trade in MLS history ... MetroStars defender Eddie Pope won three MLS Championships with Earthquakes defender Jeff Agoos when they were with D.C. United in 1996, 1997 and 1999.

History vs. MetroStars

Earthquakes forward Landon Donovan scored his first MLS goal against the MetroStars on May 19, 2001 in a 2-0 win at Spartan Stadium...Earthquakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney recorded the second multi-assist game of his career in a two-assist performance April 8, 2000 in a 2-0 Quakes win...Craig Waibel notched his only two assists as a member of the Earthquakes against the MetroStars on July 2, 2003 and scored his first career MLS goal on May 8, 2004 against the MetroStars...Brian Ching had his first career multi-goal game on July 2, 2003, scoring two goals...Dwayne De Rosario equaled a San Jose record for shots on goal on April 27, 2002 against the MetroStars with five shots...Chris Brown scored his first goal as a member of the Earthquakes on May 8, 2004 against the MetroStars.

Top Earthquakes Against MetroStars

Landon Donovan is the Earthquakes current leading player against the MetroStars with seven points on three goals and two assists. In the May 8, 2004 match against the Metros, Donovan scored one goal and had two assists. Forward Brian Ching is also dangerous against the MetroStars with three goals and one assist for a total of six points in just two games. Midfielder Richard Mulrooney has notched five assists against the MetroStars.

MetroStars Leaders Against Earthquakes

Midfielder Amado Guevara is the MetroStars current leading player against the Quakes with eight points on three goals and two assists. Forward Cornell Glen played a stellar game against the Earthquakes on May 8, 2004 in which he scored two goals and contributed one assists for a total of five points in one night. Forward Mike Magee has scored two goals against the Quakes, and midfielder Eddie Gaven has notched two assists.

Quakes Closing In On .500

The Earthquakes are closing in on bringing their all-time regular season MLS record to the .500 mark. The Quakes all-time regular season MLS record is 110-114-29.

League Leaders

Earthquakes forward Brian Ching is tied for fourth in the league with 11 points on five goals and one assist...Forward Landon Donovan is currently eighth in MLS with eight points...Ching is tied for fourth in the league with five goals...Donovan is tied for second in the league with four assists...The Earthquakes are second in the league with 16 goals and third with 15 assists...The Quakes lead MLS with eight first half goals this season.

Halftime Success

If the Earthquakes enter the half-time break with the lead, recent history suggests they will keep it. Since the beginning of the 2000 season, the Earthquakes are 37-0-5 in games when leading at the half, including 8-0-1 in 2003.

Making The First One Count

The Earthquakes were 25-2-2 in 2001 and 2002 when finding the back of the net first. The Quakes only gave up leads two times in 2002, losing 2-1 to Los Angeles on July 4 and falling 2-1 to Kansas City on July 27. The team continued that trend in 2003, possessing an 11-0-1 mark in the regular season when they scored the first goal. In 2004, the Quakes are 2-0-1 when scoring first after beating Los Angeles 4-2 on May 22. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 41-2-4 record in their last 47 matches when they score the first goal of the game. The Quakes are also impressive in the playoffs when scoring first, posting a 6-0-0 record.

"We Believe" - The Story of the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes DVD on Sale Now

For the first time ever, Earthquakes fans can relive the Quakes incredible ride to the 2003 MLS Cup Championship with "We Believe, The Story of the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes." This special two-disc DVD set captures all of the drama and excitement from the Earthquakes unbelievable season. In addition to a 33-minute season in review that includes player interviews and game action, Disc One features an exclusive behind the scenes package as well as a highlight reel. Disc Two of this one-of-a kind set is the original television broadcast of the "Greatest Game In MLS History," the Earthquakes dramatic 5-2 win over Los Angeles in the Western Conference Semifinals on Nov. 9, 2003. Earthquakes fans can Believe Again with this extraordinary two-disc DVD set. Fans can purchase this special two DVD set on the Earthquakes website at sjearthquakes.com or by calling 408-985-GOAL.


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