Quakes try to rebound with two games

After a 2-1 loss Sunday night to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Earthquakes face two difficult tests this week as they take on the Dallas Burn on Wednesday, July 7 at Spartan Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT and the MetroStars on Saturday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. PT at Giants Stadium. The match against the Burn will be broadcast live on the radio on 1590 KLIV (English) and 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish), while Saturday's match against the MetroStars will be televised live on ESPN2.

Earthquakes All-Time Record vs. Dallas Burn

MLS Regular Season: 17-12-0

Home: 10-4-0

Away: 7-8-0

Shootout: 4-3 (1996-99)

Overtime: 0-0-0 (2000-2003)

Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 52, Dallas - 33

Earthquakes All-Time Record vs. MetroStars

MLS Regular Season: 11-5-5

Home: 9-2-0

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 - 37, MetroStars - 29

Injury Report/Suspensions

Out: Chris Ronér (R - ankle surgery); Eddie Robinson (L - ruptured tendon of left hamstring);

Doubtful: Troy Dayak (upper back strain)

Questionable: Jeff Agoos (R - Calf Strain); Jamil Walker (R - ankle sprain)

Probable: Ramiro Corrales (R - knee sprain); Craig Waibel (R - Quadriceps contusion)

Last Match

Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 1; Sunday, July 4; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

A first half Dwayne De Rosario goal was not enough to keep the San Jose Earthquakes from suffering a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday night at The Home Depot Center. Despite De Rosario's goal in the 41st minute that gave the Quakes 1-0 lead, San Jose lost for the first time since May 29 as Carlos Ruiz scored two goals for the first place Galaxy. The Earthquakes took the lead in the 41st minute on a De Rosario goal. The Quakes cleared a Galaxy corner kick and caught Los Angeles in transition, with Arturo Alvarez and Landon Donovan quickly bringing the ball up the middle of the field. Alvarez found Donovan streaking into the Galaxy half of the field, and Donovan carried the ball into the penalty area, where he cut back and passed it to Brian Ching in the middle of the box. Ching dished off to De Rosario on the right side, and his point blank blast was saved by Hartman. The rebound deflected back out to De Rosario, who then worked the ball back around to Donovan, who sent a wicked shot toward goal from nearly 18 yards out. The ball ricocheted off a diving Hartman and landed at the feet of Ching in the middle of the area. Ching then hit De Rosario with a pass on the left post, and he slipped the ball into the goal for a 1-0 lead. The Quakes advantage would only last four minutes, however, as Los Angeles battled back with a goal in the 45th minute. Chris Albright headed down a Galaxy corner kick, sending the ball bouncing to the left post, where Carlos Ruiz was able to get a foot on it and push it past a diving Onstad to tie the match at 1-1. The Galaxy took a 2-1 lead in the second half on another goal by Ruiz in the 55th minute. Ned Grabavoy received a pass on the left side and dribbled past the San Jose defense into the left side of the penalty area. Grabavoy hit an open Ruiz with a pass near the 18-yard box, and his low shot beat Onstad to the right corner.

Last Match vs. Burn

Earthquakes 2, Burn 1; Saturday, May 15, 2004; Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas

The San Jose Earthquakes used a strong performance from goalkeeper Pat Onstad to hold on to a two-goal first half lead and defeat the Dallas Burn 2-1 at the Cotton Bowl. First half goals by Landon Donovan and Brian Ching gave the Quakes a 2-0 lead and San Jose was able to withstand a late Dallas goal and desperate late-game pressure to win their seventh straight game over the Burn. The Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute on a Donovan goal, as he gathered a rebound and fired a shot into an open Dallas net for his second goal of the year. The Quakes moved the ball into the center of the Dallas penalty area where Brian Ching was able to slide and knock the loose ball to an open Donovan at the top of the box. With two Burn defenders on him, Donovan dribbled toward the net before passing it off to Brian Mullan on the right. Mullan blasted the ball past Burn goalkeeper Scott Garlick and off the goal post. The ball bounced directly to an open Donovan about eight yards in front of the net, allowing him to slam it home for the 1-0 advantage. The Quakes upped their lead to 2-0 just moments before halftime when Mullan worked a fine give-and-go with Richard Mulrooney at the right corner of the penalty box. Mullan received the pass back from Mulrooney and dashed for the end line, sending a low cross into the middle of the box where Brian Ching was able to slide and direct the ball into the goal to give the Quakes a 2-0 halftime lead.

Last Match vs. MetroStars

Earthquakes 3, MetroStars 1; Saturday, June 12, 2004; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

The San Jose Earthquakes remained unbeaten at home in 2004, using second half goals from Brian Ching and Brian Mullan to pull away from the MetroStars and claim a 3-1 victory at Spartan Stadium. Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Conway earned his first MLS win of 2004, as the Quakes responded with two incredible late goals after the MetroStars tied the match in the 59th minute. The Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Jeff Agoos buried a free kick from about 24 yards out. After Ching was fouled near the left corner of the MetroStars penalty area, Agoos sent a swerving blast around the wall and over New York goalkeeper Zach Wells for the 1-0 lead. The Metros tied the game at 1-1 in the 59th minute when Conway blocked a free kick shot from Mark Lisi. The ball deflected off Agoos onto the crossbar, bouncing directly to Jeff Parke who headed the loose ball into the net. The Quakes regained the lead at 2-1 in the 79th minute on a brilliant individual effort by Ching. Ching trapped down a beautiful long-pass over the Metros defense by Mulrooney, and then dribbled into the box alone with only Wells to beat. Ching maneuvered around a sliding Wells, but slipped as a sprinting Ricardo Clark attempted to steal the ball from him. Ching shielded the ball from Clark, forcing him to the ground and then spun around to fire a shot into the open net. Mullan added an exclamation point to the Quakes victory in the 89th minute when his incredible goal gave the Quakes a 3-1 advantage. Mullan received a pass at the left corner of the Metros penalty area, and proceeded to dribble through and around five MetroStars defenders before sending a finely placed shot into the lower left corner from 18-yards out for the final margin.

Misc. Notes
In July

The Earthquakes are looking to improve on their play in the month of July. Since 1996, the Quakes have a 16-23-4 MLS regular season record in the month. Last season, San Jose went 2-1-2 during July.

Quakes On The Fourth of July

The Earthquakes now own an all-time record of 1-3-2 in games played on the Fourth of July Holiday after their loss to the Galaxy on Sunday night.

Quakes Score First, But Lose

Against the Galaxy on Sunday, the Earthquakes scored first but came away with a loss. For the first time since July 27, 2002 against Kansas City, the Earthquakes suffered a loss after scoring the first goal of the match. Since 2000, the Earthquakes are 42-3-4 when scoring the first goal of the game.

Still Unbeaten At Home

With the 1-1 tie against the Wizards on June 26, the Earthquakes extended their unbeaten streak at Spartan Stadium to seven in a row, holding strong at home from October 25, 2003 to June 26, 2004. The Earthquakes are the only MLS team to remain unbeaten at home this season with a 2-0-4 record in 2004.

Quakes To Host Hawaiian Night on July 7

The Earthquakes will host Hawaiian Night at Spartan Stadium on July 7 when the Quakes take on the Dallas Burn at 7:30 p.m. PT. The game will feature special ticket and food discounts, a pre-game luau, and a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines and Aston Hotels and Resorts Hawaii. The pre-game Hawaiian Luau Buffet, catered by the Hukilau restaurant, is limited to the first 250 participants and will begin at 5:00 p.m. on game day. Four lucky fans will be selected to participate in a halftime contest at Spartan Stadium with the winner of the contest receiving a trip to Honolulu. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines and a three-night stay at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. The Earthquakes will also distribute leis to the first 7,500 fans at the game and Brian Ching, the first Hawaiian player in MLS history, will don a lei on the field for pre-game introductions. Halftime will feature a Polynesian-themed band. The match on July 7 also features special values on tickets and food. All sodas and hot dogs will be one dollar and special six-dollar tickets will be available for the South End Zone. Tickets for groups of 15 or more in the South End Zone will be available for five dollars. Tickets for the July 7 match against the Burn and for the Hawaiian Luau Buffet are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Earthquakes Ticket Office at 100 North Almaden Ave. in downtown San Jose, by logging on to www.sjearthquakes.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 408-998-TIXS, 415-421-TIXS, 510-625-TIXS, 925-685-TIXS, or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including Tower Records, Rite Aid, and Ritmo Latino. Discounted tickets for groups of 15 or more are available by calling 408-985-GOAL.

Goalscoring at Home

The Earthquakes are currently on a hot streak at Spartan Stadium as they have scored 13 goals in their past four home matches.

Dallas Domination

The Earthquakes have recently dominated the season series against the Dallas Burn. Following their 2-1 win over the Burn at the Cotton Bowl on May 15, the Quakes are currently on a seven-game winning streak vs. Dallas and have won nine of the last ten matches overall between the teams. In those ten games, the Quakes have out-scored Dallas 27-7. The last time Dallas defeated San Jose was on July 13, 2002 in a 2-1 loss at the Cotton Bowl. The last loss at home for the Quakes against Dallas was April 14, 2001.

Donovan Does It Against Dallas Again

Landon Donovan has been a major factor in the Earthquakes seven-game winning streak against the Burn, and he continued to hurt Dallas on May 15. Donovan scored the Quakes first goal of the 2-1 win, giving him at least one goal in his last five matches vs. Dallas, registering seven goals and three assists in his last five games vs. the Burn. The last time Donovan played against Dallas and did not record a point was on July 13, 2002.

Earthquakes - Burn Connections

Burn President & General Manager Greg Elliott served as the executive in charge of the Earthquakes for Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment during the 2001 season...Dallas head coach Colin Clarke coached San Jose forward Dwayne De Rosario on the A-League's Richmond Kickers in 1999...Burn midfielder Eric Quill played with San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear on the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1999...Earthquakes defender Jeff Agoos grew up in the Dallas area...Quakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez is from Houston, Texas.

History vs. Burn

Ramiro Corrales notched a goal and an assist against the Burn on August 21, 2002 and earned MLS Player of the Week honors for the only time in his career for the performance...Corrales also scored his first career MLS point against Dallas, registering an assist on June 8, 1996 in Dallas...Landon Donovan has scored a goal in his last five matches vs. the Burn...Earthquakes defender Eddie Robinson recorded his first MLS assist against Dallas on July 20, 2002...Earthquakes midfielder Ian Russell recorded his first MLS assist against Dallas on April 22, 2000...Earthquakes forward Arturo Alvarez scored his first career MLS goal in his first career start against Dallas on June 14, 2003...Dwayne De Rosario recorded his first MLS hat-trick against the Burn on Sept. 27, 2003 and also scored the fastest goal in MLS history in the first 11 seconds of that match...Quakes rookie defender Ryan Cochrane made his MLS debut against Dallas on May 15, 2004 at the Cotton Bowl.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Dallas

Landon Donovan is the Quakes current leader vs. the Burn with eight goals and three assists in nine career games. In addition, Donovan has scored a goal in his last five matches vs. Dallas. Dwayne De Rosario is second with 15 career points vs. Dallas with seven goals and one assist in seven games. Brian Mullan has recorded 10 career points against the Burn.

Burn Leaders vs. Earthquakes

Jason Kreis is the Dallas Burn's all-time scoring leader against San Jose, recording 16 points on six goals and four assists in 25 games. Bobby Rhine has six points on three goals in 12 career games vs. San Jose and Oscar Pareja has three career assists against the Quakes.

Success In The Past

Of the Quakes and MetroStars 21 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.

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

Forward Brian Ching has been unstoppable against the MetroStars, as he has scored four goals and notched one assist in just three career games. Landon Donovan has also been strong against the MetroStars with eight points on three goals and two assists. In the May 8, 2004 match against the Metros, Donovan scored one goal and had two assists.

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 assist 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 111-115-31.

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 38-0-5 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 3-1-1 when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 42-3-4 record in their last 49 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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