Weekly update: Bring on United

This Week's Match-Up

The Earthquakes begin a stretch of four out of their next five games at home with a game against the defending MLS Cup Champions, D.C. United, on Saturday, June 4 at Spartan Stadium. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on HDNet, Fox Soccer Channel, 1590 AM KLIV (English) and 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish). In addition, the Quakes will host a viewing party for the United States vs. Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in parking lot 4/5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT. The first 7,500 fans will receive a cinch bag, presented by RadioShack.

Earthquakes vs. D.C. United All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 11-8-3
Home: 6-2-3
Away: 5-6-0
Shootout: 3-0 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-1 (2000-2003)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 34, D.C. - 37

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 5/30/05

Tuesday, May 31: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College

Wednesday, June 1: Off

Thursday, June 2: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College

Friday, June 3: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at Spartan Stadium

Saturday, June 4: 7:00 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. D.C. United at Spartan Stadium, on 1590 KLIV (English) and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).

Injury Report/Suspensions

Out: Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain); Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear); Brian Mullan (L - ankle avulsion fracture)

Last Match

Kansas City Wizards 1, Earthquakes 0; Saturday, May 28, 2005; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, MO

The San Jose Earthquakes dropped a 1-0 decision to the Kansas City Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium to finish a three-game road trip. San Jose held the majority of the possession but a second half goal by Jack Jewsbury proved to be the difference in another tight contest. Mark Chung nearly scored an amazing goal in the 11th minute after a free kick from Davis. Davis whipped a cross to the back post that Wizards defender Jimmy Conrad headed away. Chung then volleyed a long shot that struck the post and deflected out of bounds. Pat Onstad came up with a big save on Chris Klein in the 55th minute after a quick counterattack by the Wizards. Klein received a pass on the left wing and cut back past a defender before unleashing a low drive that Onstad was able to gather in. Jewsbury put the Wizards up 1-0 in the 59th minute with a goal off a rebound. Jewsbury received the ball on the right wing and broke in to the Quakes 18-yard box before firing a shot that Onstad saved but the rebound fell back down to Jewsbury. He dribbled past Onstad and slotted the ball to the near post to put Kansas City ahead. Wes Hart got into the attack with 10 minutes remaining. After picking up a loose ball on the right, Hart curled a cross to the center of the penalty box where Ronald Cerritos elevated above his defender, but his glancing header skipped just past the post.

Last Match vs. United

Earthquakes 2, United 0; Saturday, August 7, 2004; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA


The San Jose Earthquakes used a goal from Brian Mullan and a spectacular second-half strike from Dwayne De Rosario to defeat D.C. United 2-0 in front of a season high 19,324 fans at Spartan Stadium. Pat Onstad earned his second shutout of the season and his first since April 10, 2004 to help the Quakes in the win. Playing without suspended Landon Donovan and Troy Dayak, the Quakes defeated D.C. United and set an MLS record by extending their unbeaten streak to 46 games when scoring first at home. Mullan gave the Quakes a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when he collected a loose ball on the right side of the United penalty box about 16 yards out after it bounced off several defenders. Mullan's low shot went across the goalmouth past United's diving goalkeeper Troy Perkins and toward the far post, where a sliding D.C. United defender attempted to save the sure goal, but knocked it into the net. Two minutes later Onstad kept D.C. off the scoreboard, coming off of his line and diving to punch away a sharp Alecko Eskandarian blast from nearly 18 yards out on the left side of the field. The Earthquakes nearly pushed their lead to 2-0 in the 32nd minute off a Jeff Agoos corner kick. Richard Mulrooney received the ball on the right side of the box and fired a shot toward the goal that was deflected up and into the air by a United defender. Standing at the six-yard box, Craig Waibel headed the ball over the D.C. goalkeeper and toward the goal, but United's Bryan Namoff headed the ball off the line and out of danger. In the second half, the Quakes took a 2-0 lead on a spectacular goal by Dwayne De Rosario. Agoos hit Mullan with a pass on the right sideline, and the San Jose midfielder then sprinted into the right corner of the penalty area, beat his defender and then sent a perfect cross into the middle of the penalty box. De Rosario turned, jumped into the air and smashed a magnificent volley into the upper right corner of the net.

Reserve League

Earthquakes 3, Wizards 3; Sunday, May 29; Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, MO


After surrendering a two-goal lead and falling behind in the second half, the Kansas City Wizards Reserves battled back to tie the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves 3-3 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday morning. Wizards defender Brian Roberts scored the tying goal in the 89th minute, erasing the Quakes lead they built in the second half courtesy of two Chris Wondolowski goals. Wizards forward Ryan Pore also scored twice in the match. Both sides came out eagerly seeking the game's first goal as the fast-paced action saw each team move quickly from end to end and create chances early on. The Wizards pressure paid off first as Ryan Pore scored in the 19th minute. Defender Daniel Dobson sent a curling ball into the box from the left side that Pore was able to rise up to and redirect a header inside the near post past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Conway. Pore doubled Kansas City's lead with his second goal of the game in the 36th minute after a well-timed give and go with Pat McGinnis. Pore fed McGinnis on the left, then broke towards the box. McGinnis tapped the ball ahead to Pore as he broke free from his defender. Pore then took one touch inside the box and slipped a ball to the left of a diving Jon Conway. San Jose got within a goal just before the break when Wizards defender Daniel Dobson took down Roger Levesque just outside the top of the box on the right side. Kevin Goldthwaite stepped up to take a left-footed free kick and sent a curling shot over the Wizards wall that nestled under the far upper corner of the crossbar, out of the reach of Wizards 'keeper Martin Hutton. San Jose drew even, then took the lead early in the second half when halftime substitute Chris Wondolowski scored twice in nine minutes. His first came in the 59th minute as midfielder Ian Russell sent a seemingly harmless ball into the box from the left, but Wondolowski charged in unmarked from the right and pounced on the ball directing it inside the near post. His second goal came in the 68th minute after he intercepted an errant pass from Wizards midfielder Jack Jewsbury just outside the top of the box. Wondolowski then unloaded a low-lining shot that took an awkward bounce just in front of Martin Hutton as he stretched out for the save, skipping over Hutton's gloves before settling in the back of the goal and giving San Jose the lead. Kansas City's constant pressure would payoff once again in the final minute of the game. Preki moved the ball towards the right corner, drawing two defenders, but managed to shake them off with his trademark cutback move. The move created enough space allowing him to slip a ball to an unmarked Brian Roberts outside the top of the box. Roberts hammered a left-footed, one-time shot from 25 yards out that found its way past the goalkeeper before grazing the inside of the far left post.

Scoring Summary:

KC- Ryan Pore (Daniel Dobson) 19'

KC- Ryan Pore (Pat McGinnis) 36'

SJ- Kevin Goldthwaite (Unassisted) 42'

SJ- Chris Wondolowski (Ian Russell) 59'

SJ- Chris Wondolowski (Unassisted) 68'

KC- Brian Roberts (Preki) 89'

Kansas City Wizards Reserves: Martin Hutton-GK; John Minagawa-Webster, Brian Roberts, Dustin Branan, Daniel Dobson; Preki, Ryan Raybould, Khari Stephenson, Pat McGinnis; Justin Detter (Jack Jewsbury-62'), Ryan Pore (Adam Allee-76').

San Jose Earthquakes Reserves: Jon Conway-GK; Wes Hart, Ryan Cochran, Brett Rodriguez, Kevin Goldthwaite; Ian Russell (Orlando Ramirez-60'), Tighe Dombrowski, Danny O'Rourke, James Twellman (Chris Wondolowski-46'); Julian Nash, Roger Levesque.

Quakes assistant coach John Doyle, on game: "I was very happy with the attitude of the team today. We got down early, but the guys really came back well. It was unfortunate to give up a goal at the end, but it was a great shot. I think that there were good goals scored on both sides today."

Misc. Notes

June 4 Qualifier Viewing Party

The San Jose Earthquakes will host a viewing party at Spartan Stadium for the United States National Team's World Cup qualifying match on Saturday, June 4 prior to the Earthquakes game that day against D.C. United, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. takes on Costa Rica at Rice-Eccles Stadium at 4:30 p.m. PT. Fans are invited to attend the Quakes viewing party in parking lot 4/5 on the East side of Spartan Stadium to watch the game on a giant television screen. Fans are encouraged to barbecue and tailgate in the viewing party area. The viewing party area opens at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Game Time Change

The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the game time for their match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, August 27 has been changed to 8:00 p.m. PT. The game was originally scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

De Rosario Midfield Maestro

Dwayne De Rosario has spent most of his career in San Jose as a forward, but in 2005 the Canadian international has been one of the top midfielders in MLS. After moving to central midfield on April 23, the Scarborough, Ontario native has scored one goal and notched four assists in just seven games. He is now tied for fourth in MLS in assists. With his four assists, De Rosario is now seventh in Quakes history with 22 assists.

Depleted Quakes

The Earthquakes currently have four starters out of action. Defenders Craig Waibel (torn right ACL/LCL) and Troy Dayak (torn left ACL) will be gone for the remainder of the season with their injuries. Brian Ching (right hamstring strain) and Brian Mullan (left ankle avulsion fracture) have also been out of action, although the duo is expected back in three-to-four weeks.

Onstad's Hot May

After allowing more than two goals in every game in the month of April, Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad turned up his game in May and posted three shutouts in five games, while lowering his goals against average to 1.40, good for sixth in the league. In April, Onstad had a 2.20 goals against average and was 11th in the league in that category.

Califf Starts Quakes Career

Defender Danny Califf made the first two appearances of his Quakes career last week, starting and playing 90 minutes against Colorado on May 25 and again on May 28 against Kansas City. Califf received yellow cards in each game. If he receives a yellow card this weekend against D.C. United, he will be forced to miss the next game due to caution points accumulation.

Chung Making Impact

The Quakes acquired midfielder Mark Chung in a trade on May 20 and despite having only one practice with the team, he has already appeared in three games and made two starts. The 10-year MLS veteran notched an assist in his first appearance on May 21 against the Galaxy.

Aloisi Starts Two

Quakes defender Chris Aloisi made his first two starts for San Jose on May 25 and May 28 for the Quakes against the Rapids and Wizards, respectively. He played 90 minutes in both matches as the Quakes allowed only one goal in two games. He has now seen action in three games in 2005.

Road Tripping

The Quakes wrapped up a stretch of five out of six games on the road last week with games at Colorado and Kansas City. The Quakes played on the road against Real Salt Lake, the MetroStars, the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Rapids and the Wizards and were able to post a 2-2-1 record in those games to keep themselves in third place in the Western Conference.

Moreno Hot On Road

Quakes forward Alejandro Moreno scored against the Colorado Rapids on May 25 to give San Jose a 1-0 win on the road. In 2005, Moreno has scored three goals and all three have been scored on the road in the final 15 minutes of the game.

League Leaders

• Brian Ching and Ronald Cerritos are tied for sixth in MLS in goals scored with four.

• Brad Davis leads MLS with six assists. Dwayne De Rosario is tied for fourth in assists with four.

Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered

After eight games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in both fouls committed (199, tied with FC Dallas) and fouls suffered (186). In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed.

Quakes All-Time in June

June is typically San Jose's best month, as the team possesses a 21-14-8 all-time record in the month.

Quakes in the Community

WHO: Q

WHAT: Mayor's Caravan

DATE: Tuesday, May 31st

DETAILS: Q joined Mayor Ron Gonzalez on his annual Mayor's Caravan to congratulate the top schools in San Jose.

WHO: Pat Onstad, Kevin Goldthwaite, and Chris Wondolowski

WHAT: Annual visit to Laurelwood Elementary School

DATE: Tuesday, May 31st

DETAILS: Onstad, Goldthwaite, and Wondolowski visited the students at Laurelwood Elmentary School. The three put on a soccer demonstration for the school.

WHO: Jon Conway and Q

WHAT: Q's Safety School

DATE: Tuesday, May 31st

DETAILS: Jon Conway and Q visited Lincoln Elementary School in Cupertino.

WHO: Eddie Robinson & Ian Russell

WHAT: Soccer Clinic at Horace Mann School

DATE: Thursday, June 2nd

DETAILS: Eddie Robinson & Ian Russell will be hosting a mini-soccer clinic at Horace Mann School on Thursday, June 2nd from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

Earthquakes - United Connections

Quakes forward Ronald Cerritos played for D.C. United for half of the 2003 season and half of the 2004 season...United defender Brandon Prideaux played at the University of Washington with the Earthquakes Wes Hart, Ian Russell and Craig Waibel...United forward Jamil Walker played with the Quakes in 2003 and 2004.

History vs. D.C. United

The Earthquakes beat D.C. United 1-0 in the historic MLS Inaugural Game on April 6, 1996 before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium...Ronald Cerritos scored his 50th career goal against D.C. United on July 18, 2001...Jon Conway earned his first MLS win on August 19, 2000 in D.C. with a 1-0 shutout win...Alejandro Moreno scored his first hat trick on May 19, 2004 against DC while on the Galaxy, setting an MLS record with five goals on five shots...Pat Onstad broke the San Jose club record of most shutouts in a season when he earned his ninth shutout of the year against D.C. on August 24, 2003...Danny Califf made his MLS debut May 20, 2000 against United while on the Galaxy...Dwayne De Rosario scored the Sierra Mist MLS Goal of the Year against D.C. on August 7, 2004 with a spectacular volley.

Top United Players vs. Quakes

United forward Jaime Moreno has been the top D.C. player against San Jose, scoring seven goals and notching five assists in 14 games with D.C. against San Jose...In five games with D.C., Dema Kovalenko has scored one goal against the Quakes, but in his MLS career, he has three goals in 12 games.

Top Quakes Performers vs. United

Mark Chung has had a successful MLS career against D.C., scoring eight goals and recording nine assists in 25 games...Ronald Cerritos has scored five goals and registered three assists in 10 regular season games vs. D.C. while with San Jose and has notched six goals and three assists in 13 career MLS games vs. D.C....Dwayne De Rosario has one goal and three assists in nine games vs. D.C.

Cerritos Milestones

Ronald Cerritos is currently second in Quakes history in assists with 40 in a San Jose uniform. Cerritos trails Richard Mulrooney by four assists, and is looking to become the teams all-time leader in goals and assists. He has appeared in 128 games with San Jose, one behind Troy Dayak for third place all time and he is third all-time in starts with 124.

Quakes Set Unbeaten Streak Record At Home

The Earthquakes set an MLS record with their August 7, 2004 win against D.C. United, extending their unbeaten streak at home to 46 games when scoring first. That streak now stands at 48 games after San Jose's tie with the New England Revolution on April 2, 2005. It started on April 3, 1999.

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 119-124-41.

Halftime Success

Despite relinquishing a halftime lead on April 2 against the New England Revolution in a game that ended 2-2, the Earthquakes remain amongst the best in league history in holding on to a half-time lead. Since the beginning of the 2000 season, the Earthquakes are 42-0-6 in games when leading at the half, including 8-0-1 in 2003 and 7-0-1 in 2004.

Making The First One Count

The Quakes defeated the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on May 25, continuing their incredible run over the past 58 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 49-3-6 record in their last 58 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2005, San Jose is 2-0-2 when scoring first. 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 went 8-1-1 when scoring first, the top mark in MLS. The Quakes gave up their lead and lost to Los Angeles on July 4, 2004 for the first time since July 27, 2002 against Kansas City. The Quakes are also impressive in the playoffs when scoring first, posting a 6-0-0 record.

Individual Tickets Now on Sale

Individual tickets for 2005 San Jose Earthquakes games are now on sale. Individual ticket prices for the Earthquakes 2005 regular season are $45 (VIP), $30 (West Sideline), $16 (East Sideline and Corners) and $13 (Endzone). Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Earthquakes Ticket Office at 100 North Almaden Ave., by logging onto 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.


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