Weekly update: Galaxy times two
This Week's Match-Up
The Earthquakes have a busy week following their 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 20, as San Jose faces Western Conference rival the Los Angeles Galaxy, twice in four days. The Quakes play the Galaxy on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and then host Los Angeles again on Saturday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. PT in the Galaxy's last regular season visit to Spartan Stadium in 2005. The Quakes-Galaxy Open Cup match on Wednesday will be broadcast live on 1590 AM KLIV (English). When the two teams face off on Saturday, the game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and 1590 AM KLIV and 1370 AM KZSF.
Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/22/2005
Tuesday, August 23: 10:00 a.m. PT - Training at Spartan Stadium
Wednesday, August 24: 7:30 p.m. PT - U.S. Open Cup match vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Spartan Stadium. Live on 1590 AM KLIV.
Thursday, August 25: Off
Friday, August 26: 10:00 a.m. PT - Training at Spartan Stadium
Saturday, August 27: 8:00 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at Spartan Stadium. Live on ESPN2, 1590 AM KILV and 1370 AM KZSF.
Out: Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear); Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain)
Probable: Brad Davis (L - groin strain); Ryan Cochrane (R - ankle sprain)
Earthquakes 1, Real Salt Lake 0; Saturday, August 20, 2005; Rice-Eccles Stadium; Salt Lake City, UT
The Earthquakes stretched their Western Conference lead to six points with a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mark Chung scored the lone goal of the match late in the first half and the Quakes defense shut down the RSL attack to lead San Jose to the win. Alejandro Moreno had the first big chance of the game 11 minutes from the start as he fought off Nelson Akwari and blasted a shot off the near post. Brian Mullan chipped a ball over the defense to Moreno to set up the chance. A minute later Ronald Cerritos had another opportunity to give San Jose the lead as he snuck behind the defense and found himself all alone with Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Cerritos ripped a shot with his left foot, but Nolly went low to make the save. Andy Williams forced Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad into an uncomfortable save in the 27th minutes after stealing the ball from Kelly Gray on the left wing. Williams dispossessed Gray and then fired a long-range shot that Onstad could only parry over the bar. Chung scored the first goal of the match in the 41st minute after a great move along the right wing. Following a corner kick, Wade Barrett played a ball to Chung in the corner with one defender to beat. After faking to the corner, Chung came to the inside and ripped a low shot to the near post for a 1-0 lead. Onstad preserved the lead for San Jose with a big save midway through the second half. Robert Scarlett picked up a pass on the left wing and sent a cross to back post, where second-half substitute Adolfo Gregorio was positioned. Gregorio drove a header high to the near post, but Onstad was there for the save. Despite a number of final offensive forays by RSL, the Quakes defense held strong to earn the team's eighth shutout of the season.
Last Match vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Earthquakes 3, Galaxy 0; Saturday, June 25, 2005; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes benefited from two Los Angeles Galaxy own goals and cruised to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in Landon Donovan's return to Spartan Stadium. Donovan, who starred for the Quakes for four seasons before joining Los Angeles prior to this season, was quiet in his first visit to Spartan Stadium as a member of the Galaxy, and couldn't stop the Quakes from winning their second in a row and notching their sixth shutout of the season. San Jose is now unbeaten in its last four games. An Alejandro Moreno goal out to a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute on a brilliant passing attack capped off San Jose. Kelly Gray started the play with a pass to Ronald Cerritos near midfield. The Quakes forward chested the ball down to Davis, and then made a run up the right sideline. Davis hit Cerritos with the ball, and he dribbled into the penalty area before sending a fine cross through the middle of the area, that a sliding Alejandro Moreno was able to direct into the goal for the 1-0 lead. In the 53rd minute, Tyrone Marshall headed a Donovan corner kick just wide of the far left post, where it deflected off an Earthquakes player and out of bounds, setting up another Galaxy corner kick. On the following corner kick in the 54th minute, Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad maintained the San Jose advantage with an unbelievable effort that saw him make four rapid-fire saves on the goal line. The Galaxy's Michael Umana got the ball on the left side of the six-yard box and kicked a ball into the center of the area, where Onstad kicked out Jovan Kirovski's hard shot. The ball fell to Kirovski, who put a shot on goal that Onstad was able to punch away from the ground. Still on the ground, Onstad dove to the corner to knock away another Kirovski attempt, and then jumped to his feet to punch away Umana's final shot before the ball was cleared away. The Quakes extended their lead to 2-0 on a strange play in the 64th minute. Clark passed the ball up into the penalty area to Chung, who then hit Cerritos with the ball in the middle of the area. Cerritos touched the ball forward as he attempted to slice between two Galaxy defenders as Hartman rushed out to get the ball. Attempting to get it to Hartman, Umana touched the ball past a sliding Hartman and into the net for an own goal. In the 68th minute the Quakes would again benefit from an own goal, as Clark popped a ball up toward the L.A. goal. Marshall tried to head the ball back to Hartman, but his header soared over the goalkeeper and into the goal to put San Jose up 3-0.
Real Salt Lake 2, Earthquakes 1; Sunday, August 21; Trailside Park; Park City, Utah
The Earthquakes reserves played their first match since June 26 on Sunday, August 21 against the Real Salt Lake Reserves in Park City, Utah and dropped a 2-1 decision on a late RSL goal. Julian Nash scored in the first half for the Quakes, who are now 4-3-2 with three games remaining. Noah Merl notched an assist. Clint Mathis scored for Real Salt Lake in the 31st minute to tie the game at 1-1, and then Adam Acosta netted the game-winner for Salt Lake in the 92nd minute. The loss was the first for the Quakes reserves in their past six matches. Chris Wondolowski leads the team with five goals and one assist.
Doyle To Be First To Enter Earthquakes Hall Of Fame On Saturday
The San Jose Earthquakes will induct former defender and captain John Doyle as the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame. Doyle, who currently serves as the team's assistant coach, will be enshrined on Saturday, August 27 during a halftime ceremony at the Quakes game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. That game kicks off at 8:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. The team established the Earthquakes Hall of Fame as a tribute to honor the players who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to the MLS club both on and off the field throughout its history. The names of the Earthquakes Hall of Fame members will be on display at all Earthquakes home games, beginning with Doyle's name on August 27. Doyle, 39, was the first player in the history of the San Jose club, joining the team on December 7, 1995. The Fremont, Calif. native enjoyed an illustrious playing career for the Clash/Earthquakes from 1996-2000, earning the 1996 MLS Defender of the Year award and making two MLS All-Star squads (1996-1997) while also being selected to the 1996 MLS Best XI team. Doyle scored 11 goals and registered 15 assists in his MLS career, spent entirely in San Jose. The former University of San Francisco All-American enjoyed one of the most decorated playing careers in San Jose and United States soccer history. Doyle made 53 appearances for the national team, appearing in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Prior to joining MLS, Doyle made his mark professionally by helping the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks become one of top teams in the APSL before playing in Sweden and Germany. Doyle also starred for the APSL's Atlanta Ruckus and was named the APSL Defender of the Year in 1995. Following his retirement from the Earthquakes in 2000, Doyle served as the club's television analyst before taking over as assistant coach before the start of the 2004 season. This season, the Quakes currently lead the Western Conference with a 10-4-8 record under the direction of head coach Dominic Kinnear and Doyle. A committee, consisting of Hall of Fame members and select Earthquakes staff, will choose future Earthquakes Hall of Fame inductees.
Vote For The San Jose Earthquakes All-Time Best XI At sjearthquakes.com
In celebration of the 10th season of the team, San Jose Earthquakes fans have the opportunity to select the club's all-time Best XI team. Fans can log onto www.sjearthquakes.com to vote for the best all-time team in Earthquakes/Clash history. Players who had appeared in 25 MLS games by July 15, 2005 are eligible for selection in a 4-4-2 formation. Fifty-three players are available to choose from, including four goalkeepers, 15 defenders, 23 midfielders and 11 forwards. All the players' career stats are available at sjearthquakes.com simply by clicking the players' name. San Jose has been the home to some of the top players in Major League Soccer and this team will feature some of the most legendary players to have ever donned a San Jose jersey. Leading candidates for the team include longtime team captain John Doyle, all-time leading scorer Ronald Cerritos, midfield stalwart Richard Mulrooney, two-time Defensive Player of the Year Jeff Agoos and star forward Landon Donovan, among others.
Clark To Face Real Madrid With MLS Stars
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Ricardo Clark has been selected as one of 19 MLS players to travel to Madrid, Spain to take on Real Madrid in Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu. The game will be played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain on Tuesday, August 23 at 12:30 p.m. PT. The international match will be broadcast live in the United States on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. Clark will miss the Quakes Aug. 24 Open Cup match-up against the Los Angeles Galaxy, but is expected to return for the Earthquakes Aug. 27 MLS game against L.A. at Spartan Stadium. Clark, 22, was named the MLS Honda Player of the Month for July as well as the Earthquakes Maggiano's Player of the Month for July when he helped the Quakes to a 3-1-1 record. The event on August 23 will mark the first time that an American squad will play for the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu in the history of the competition, which traditionally represents Real Madrid's first game of the new season in front of its home fans and the final game before the start of the Spanish La Liga season. Real Madrid kicks off its domestic season on August 28 on the road against Cádiz. First held in 1979 in honor of Real Madrid's legendary former president for whom the team's stadium is also named, the prestigious Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu has featured legendary teams throughout the event's history including Liverpool (England), A.C. Milan (Italy), Inter Milan (Italy), River Plate (Argentina), Ajax Amsterdam (Holland), Santos (Brazil) and Benfica (Portugal).
Unbeaten Streak Reaches Five
After winning three straight games and then tying the Rapids on Aug. 13, the Quakes returned to their winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 20 to move their unbeaten streak to five games. The Quakes are now 4-0-1 in their last five matches. Earlier this season the Quakes strung together seven games without a loss (6/4 - 7/9). In their past 13 games, San Jose has posted an 8-1-4 record.
Onstad Is On
Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad recorded his eighth shutout of the season on Saturday in a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake. Onstad is now one shutout away from the single season club record of nine that he set in 2003. Onstad now has 23 career MLS shutouts, bringing him just three shutouts shy of Joe Cannon's all-time Earthquakes career record of 26 shutouts.
On Aug. 20, Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad and the Quakes recorded their first shutout since June 29. The Quakes defense is now the best in the league, allowing just 25 goals this season. The Earthquakes are tied with the New England Revolution for the fewest amount of goals allowed and the best goals against average (1.09).
After a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 20, San Jose has now had 20 of their 23 games either decided by one goal or finish in a tie. Also, 13 of the 23 games that the Quakes have played in 2005 have entered the halftime break with the teams tied.
Quakes Reach Deal With Telemundo
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the team has reached an agreement with Telemundo/KSTS-TV 48 to broadcast two late-season Quakes matches on the station. Telemundo will air live the Quakes games on Saturday, September 17 against Club Deportivo Chivas USA and Saturday, October 15. Both games will kick off at 7:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. The agreement marks the first time in Earthquakes history that the team's matches will be broadcast by a local affiliate in Spanish. The Earthquakes will also have a bigger presence on the weekly sports show, "Telemundo Deportivo" and will be represented at the "Living Well" event, presented by Telemundo 48 and NBC-11 at the San Jose Convention Center September 24-25. The Earthquakes Spanish language radio play-by-play announcer Carlos Cesar Rivera will handle the same duties for the two Telemundo broadcasts. He will be joined in the booth by Telemundo sports director, Ramon Diaz, who will serve as the color analyst.
Quakes Additional Broadcasts
The Quakes will televise their Saturday, Sept. 3 game against FC Dallas on Fox Sports Net. The game will air on tape delay at 7:30 p.m. PT. The team will also air the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, August 24 on the radio on 1590 AM KLIV (English). That game begins at 7:30 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium.
Unbeaten At Home
The Quakes currently have a 13-game unbeaten streak at Spartan Stadium as they have not lost since Sept. 8, 2004 in their home stadium. The 13-game streak is the third longest in team history. The club has two 15-game unbeaten streaks at Spartan (8/21/99 - 7/4/00 and 8/25/01 - 9/7/02). The team has posted a 6-0-7 record at Spartan during the streak. The Quakes are the only MLS team without a loss at home in 2005, posting a 6-0-5 record.
In 2004, San Jose had the worst record in MLS in one-goal games, posting a 2-9 record. The team has turned that around in 2005 as they are now 9-3 in one-goal games.
Through 23 games, the Quakes have scored 34 goals and the goals are coming from the entire team. Fourteen different players have scored a goal and no player has scored more than five goals. Also, the team has never had one player score two goals or more in a single game this season.
Mark Chung scored his fifth goal of the season against RSL, his fourth since joining the Quakes on May 20. The five goals are the most Chung has scored since 2003, when he scored 11 goals for the Rapids. Chung now has 59 career MLS goals in his ten-year MLS career.
Dwayne De Rosario is tied with FC Dallas' Ronnie O'Brien and Kansas City's Josh Wolff for first in MLS in assists with nine.
Brad Davis is tied for fourth in assists with eight.
Ronald Cerritos is tied for seventh in MLS in assists with seven.
De Rosario is tied for the league lead in game-winning assists with four.
Pat Onstad is third in the league in goals against average with a 1.09 GAA. He is second in MLS with eight shutouts on the season and is leading the league in save percentage (77.6).
Opponents have fouled forward Alejandro Moreno 69 times this year, placing him first in the league in fouls suffered. Brian Mullan is sixth in the league with 52 fouls suffered.
Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered
After 23 games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in fouls suffered (423) and fouls committed (396). However, the Quakes have only received 40 cautions in 2005, ranking eighth in MLS. In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed.
Hot in August
Mark Chung has proven to play his best in August with 18 goals and 12 assists in the month in his career. Pat Onstad's best month is also August, as he has posted a 0.53 goals against average, earned eight wins, and posted eight shutouts in the month. Ronald Cerritos has eight goals and 12 assists in his career in August.
Quakes All-Time in August
San Jose's all-time record in August is 23-20-5.
After five games against the two new 2005 expansion teams this season so far, the Earthquakes have compiled a 2-0-3 record vs. the new additions to the league. San Jose has defeated Real Salt Lake twice this season and tied once, while coming up with two ties against Chivas USA. In 1998, the Quakes put together a 3-3 record vs. Chicago and Miami in their first year of expansion.
In the Community
WHO: Craig Waibel
WHAT: KNBR Annual Golf Tournament
WHEN: Friday, August 26th
DETAILS: Craig Waibel will be demonstrating his golf skills in the KNBR Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, August 26th at the Silverado Resort in Napa, CA.
WHO: Craig Waibel
WHAT: Meet and Greet with the Benicia Youth Soccer League
WHEN: Saturday, August 27th, 8:30 am to 10:00 am
DETAILS: Craig Waibel will be visiting the kids at the Benicia Youth Soccer League on Saturday, August 27th. He will be hosting an autograph and question & answer session.
MLS Camps will host soccer camps this week for AYSO 281 - Pleasant Hill/Martinez and Burlingame Youth Soccer.
Earthquakes - Galaxy Connections
Chris Aloisi played in four matches for the Galaxy in 2004...Alejandro Moreno played with the Galaxy from 2002-2004, scoring 12 goals and notching six assists in three seasons...Earthquakes forward Brian Ching, midfielder Brian Mullan, and defender Craig Waibel were teammates on the Galaxy in 2001, and Waibel and Mullan also played together in L.A. in 2002...Danny Califf played for the Galaxy for five seasons (2000-2004), scoring five goals and registering four assists...Former Quakes Steve Cronin (2004), Landon Donovan (2001-2004), and Todd Dunivant (2003-2004) joined the Galaxy for the 2005 season...Dunivant played at Stanford with Quakes goalkeeper Robbie Fulton and Quakes defender/midfielder James Twellman...Quakes defender Ryan Cochrane played at Santa Clara University with Cronin, who is from Sacramento, Califf...Galaxy defender Troy Roberts is from Fremont, CA.
History vs. Galaxy
The Earthquakes defeated the Galaxy in a dramatic 5-2 overtime victory in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals at Spartan Stadium that saw San Jose recover from a 4-0 aggregate goal deficit to win what has been called the "greatest MLS game ever played"...The Quakes and Galaxy have met a total of 45 times, the most of any other MLS opponent, including MLS regular season games, playoff games and U.S. Open Cup matches. The Galaxy owns a 27-13-5 record overall in the series...Ronald Cerritos scored his first career goal in his MLS debut against Los Angeles on April 12, 1997...Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Conway made his MLS debut against the Galaxy on May 17, 2000 and earned a shutout after making seven saves...Dwayne De Rosario made his MLS debut against Los Angeles on April 7, 2001 and scored his first MLS goal on the same day in a 3-2 win...Cerritos racked up his 100th point on September 1, 1999 with an assist against the Galaxy...Pat Onstad notched his first MLS shutout on April 26, 2003 vs. Los Angeles...Mark Chung made his first appearance as an Earthquake against the Galaxy on May 21, 2005 and registered an assist in his Quakes debut.
Los Angeles Leaders vs. Quakes
Cobi Jones is the Galaxy's current leading scorer vs. the Earthquakes with two goals and 11 assists in 31 career games...Peter Vagenas scored a goal and registered an assist against the Quakes on May 21, 2005...Joseph Ngwenya has scored one goal and notched one assist in three career games vs. San Jose, while Chris Albright has three career assists against the Quakes.
Top Quakes Performers vs. Galaxy
Ronald Cerritos has scored seven goals and notched seven assists against the Galaxy in 26 career MLS games. He also scored five of those goals and recorded six assists in 17 games vs. the Galaxy while with San Jose...Dwayne De Rosario has scored three goals and notched four assists against the Galaxy in 10 career games...Brian Ching has scored two goals and recorded one assist for the Quakes against Los Angeles...Brad Davis has scored three goals and notched one assist in his career against Los Angeles.
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 53 games after San Jose's 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids on August 13, 2005. It started on April 3, 1999.
Quakes Above .500
The Earthquakes have now gotten their all-time MLS record above the .500 mark. The Quakes all-time regular season MLS record is 127-125-45.
Despite relinquishing a halftime lead on June 12, 2005 against Chivas USA in a game that ended 1-1, 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 47-0-7 in games when leading at the half, including 8-0-1 in 2003, 7-0-1 in 2004 and 5-0-2 in 2005.
Making The First One Count
The Quakes earned another 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake to continue their incredible run over the past 66 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 55-3-8 record in their last 66 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2005, San Jose remains undefeated at 8-0-4 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.