Weekly update: Landon to return
This Week's Match-Up
Former Quakes star Landon Donovan will make his first visit to Spartan Stadium since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy when the Earthquakes take on their biggest rival, the Galaxy, on Saturday, June 25. Following a 3-0 domination of Real Salt Lake last weekend, the third-place Quakes (4-3-6, 18 pts.) will seek another three points at home to chase down the second-place Galaxy (7-4-2, 23 pts.) in the Western Conference standings. The game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be aired live on the radio on 1590 AM KLIV (English) and 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish) and will be televised live on ESPN2. Also, the Earthquakes reserves (3-2-2, 11 pts.) will face the first-place Galaxy reserves (4-0-1, 13 pts.) on Sunday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. PT at Valley Christian High School in San Jose.
Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 9-21-5
Shootout: 1-4 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-5 (2000-03)
Playoffs: 3-3-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-3-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 52, Los Angeles - 69
Probable: Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain); Eddie Robinson (R - groin strain)
Questionable: Brian Mullan (L - ankle avulsion fracture)
Out: Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear)
Earthquakes 3, Real Salt Lake 0; Saturday, June 18, 2005; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes exploded for three first half goals Saturday, downing expansion club Real Salt Lake 3-0 at Spartan Stadium to earn their first ever win over RSL. The Earthquakes wasted no time getting on the board, as Mark Chung recorded his first goal as a member of the Quakes just 1:18 into the match. Following a strong San Jose attack, Dwayne De Rosario worked a give-and-go on the left sideline with Brad Davis. De Rosario hit Davis on an overlapping run, and Davis then dribbled the ball towards the corner before sending a low cross into the Real penalty area. A charging Chung was able to get to the ball to one-time a high blast into the goal for a 1-0 lead. San Jose extended its lead to 2-0 in the 13th minute on a goal from San Jose product and former Leigh High School star Kelly Gray. Gray, making his Earthquakes debut and first start for the club, started the play by receiving a ball on the right wing. He sent the ball forward along the sideline to Ronald Cerritos, who then dished it back to an overlapping Gray near the top of the penalty area. Gray dribbled around Real Salt Lake defender Matt Behncke and into the box, leaving him charging in alone with only the goalkeeper to beat. Gray slotted the ball past a diving D.J. Countess to the far post for his second goal of the season. The Quakes pushed their advantage to 3-0 in the 35th minute on Wade Barrett's first MLS goal since May 4, 2002. Barrett received the ball near midfield before hitting an open Cerritos running up the left sideline. Cerritos carried the ball down the sideline before whipping in a cross through the box that a hustling Barrett was able to charge in on and direct into the goal, putting the Quakes up 3-0. Pat Onstad made a great save to preserve the shutout just four minutes into the second half following a Clint Mathis free kick from 25 yards out. Mathis sent the ball into the six-yard box, where Behncke headed the ball down towards the net. However, an alert Onstad was able to kick the ball off the goal line to save the goal. In the 81st minute, Earthquakes forward Brian Ching made his return to the field after missing the previous five games with a hamstring strain.
Last Match vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 1; Saturday, May 21, 2005; The Home Depot Center; Carson, CA
The Earthquakes dropped a 2-1 decision to their Western Conference rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center when Peter Vagenas headed home a cross in the 77th minute to give the Galaxy the win. Playing for the first time this season without four injured starters, including leading scorer Brian Ching, the Quakes stormed back after a rough first half to tie the game at 1-1 on a Ronald Cerritos goal in the 69th minute off an assist from newly acquired Mark Chung. However, despite playing with a man advantage for the final 27 minutes following the ejection of Galaxy defender Ugo Ihemelu, the Quakes saw their four-game unbeaten streak come to an end. The Galaxy took the lead in the 39th minute when Los Angeles stole the ball near midfield and headed toward the San Jose goal. Landon Donovan got the ball and sent a pass forward to Peter Vagenas, who touched it off to Jovan Kirvoski. Kirvoski fired a shot from distance that deflected off a Quakes defender and past a diving Onstad for the 1-0 lead. In the 69th minute Chung, acquired in a trade with Colorado on Friday, May 20, made an immediate impact. De Rosario found an open Chung on the right wing, and he beat his defender, firing in a perfect cross from the corner of the penalty area to a streaking Cerritos. Cerritos knifed in between two defenders and one-timed a shot past Kevin Hartman to tie the score at 1-1. Despite playing a man down, however, the Galaxy took the lead 2-1 in the 77th minute on a Vagenas goal. Ednaldo received a long pass behind the Quakes defense on the left side, and launched a hard cross into the middle of the penalty area, where an on-rushing Vagenas was able to head the ball home past Onstad for the win.
Earthquakes 3, Real Salt Lake 1; Sunday, June 19, 2005; Valley Christian High School; San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes reserves exploded for three second-half goals against the Real Salt Lake reserves to earn a 3-1 win. The Quakes got on the board with goals from Brian Ching, Chris Wondolowski and Kevin Goldthwaite, while RSL's lone goal came from a Jaime Watson penalty kick. In the 28th minute, Quakes defender Chris Aloisi was called for a penalty in the crowded goal box, giving Real Salt Lake a penalty kick. Watson took the kick, smashing a shot on the ground past a diving Conway to put Real up 1-0 in the 29th minute. The Quakes got on the scoreboard in the beginning of the second half off a corner kick by Goldthwaite. Ching met the cross in the box and smashed it into the right corner of the net in the 48th minute to even the score 1-1. Two minutes later the Quakes came roaring back to take the lead. Nash intercepted a pass back to RSL goalkeeper Jay Nolly and flicked a header over him before recovering the ball on the end line. Nash tapped a high ball to the other side of the goal over the defenders to the far post. Wondolowski was waiting wide open at the back post and ran onto the ball to head it into the open net to put the Quakes up 2-1. The Quakes scored their third and final goal of the game when they earned a free kick in the 75th minute from 25 yards out after Michael Lookingland fouled a streaking Ian Russell. Hart stepped on the ball and rolled it to Goldthwaite for the free kick. Goldthwaite took a low, hard shot that went through all of the RSL defenders and found its way inside the near post to give the Quakes a 3-1 advantage.
Scoring Summary: RSL - Watson (penalty kick), 28; SJ - Ching (Goldthwaite), 48; SJ - Wondolowski (Nash), 50; SJ - Goldthwaite (Hart), 75.
Earthquakes Reserves - Jon Conway (Robbie Fulton 46), Chris Aloisi, Brett Rodriguez, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Goldthwaite, Wes Hart, Danny O'Rourke, Chris Wondolowski, Ian Russell (Orlando Ramirez 80), Brian Ching (James Twellman 54), Julian Nash (left game 86).
Real Salt Lake Reserves - Jay Nolly, Nelson Akwari, Michael Lookingland, Cameron Knowles, Marlon Rojas, Luke Kreamalmeyer, Leslie Fitzpatrick (Sergio Flores 46), Nick Besagno, Seth Trembley (Kevin Novak 46), Jordan Cila, Jaime Watson (Adam Acosta 60).
Quakes Stingy At Spartan
The Earthquakes' opponents have not scored at Spartan Stadium since April 23, 2005 when Kansas City's Chris Klein found the net in the 34th minute of the Wizards' 3-2 loss to the Quakes. The visitors scoreless streak at Spartan now stands at 326 minutes, as the Quakes have earned shut outs in their last three matches at home.
Gray Stellar In Quakes Debut
San Jose native Kelly Gray, who was acquired from the Chicago Fire on June 14, started and played in his Earthquakes debut on Saturday against Real Salt Lake. The 24-year old defender scored a goal for his new club in the 13th minute after brilliantly dribbling around the Real defense and sending a solid shot into the left corner of the net. The goal was Gray's second of the season, as he scored for Chicago on April 2, and the seventh of his four-year MLS career.
Chung Gets First Quakes Goal
Quakes midfielder Mark Chung, acquired by the Earthquakes on May 20 in a trade with Colorado, scored his first goal in a San Jose uniform on June 18 against RSL, finding the net just 1:18 into the match for his 56th career MLS goal. The goal was Chung's second of the season after he scored for Colorado on April 2. Chung now has one goal and one assist for the Earthquakes after six appearances with his new club.
Barrett's Offensive Burst
San Jose defender Wade Barrett scored on June 18 vs. Real Salt Lake for his first goal of the season. Barrett scored on a great give and go, passing the ball to Ronald Cerritos from the half way line and then streaking all the way to the goal to connect with Cerritos' cross to score the Quakes third goal of the game. It was Barrett's first MLS goal since May 4, 2002, as Barrett connected for his sixth career blast.
Cerritos Sees Double, Reaches Milestone
Forward Ronald Cerritos registered his 50th and 51st assists of his nine-year MLS career when he notched two assists on June 18 against Real Salt Lake. After recording his third and fourth assist of the season on Saturday, Cerritos is now tied with nine other players for eighth in the league in assists. The Quakes forward has registered 42 assists in his San Jose career, just two behind Quakes all-time leader Richard Mulrooney. Currently the club's all-time goal scoring leader, Cerritos is looking to become the teams' all-time leader in both goals and assists. He has appeared in 131 games with San Jose, moving into third place on the Quakes all-time list, one behind assistant coach John Doyle. Cerritos is also third all-time in Quakes history in starts with 127. Cerritos' next goal will be his 70th in his career, seventh best in MLS history.
Davis Assist Machine Returns
Brad Davis notched his seventh assist of the 2005 season on Saturday against Real Salt Lake on Mark Chung's second-minute goal. In just 13 appearances this year, Davis has already surpassed his previous season-high of five assists set in 2003. After registering six assists in the first six games this year, the Quakes midfielder had not notched another since May 7 against the MetroStars until this past weekend. Davis leads the league in assists.
Assisting De Ro
Earthquakes midfielder Dwayne De Rosario recorded his sixth assist of 2005 on Saturday against RSL, good for second in the league in that category. After 11 games this season, De Rosario is three assists shy of his career-high of eight set in 2002. He has notched an assist in the last five games in which the Quakes have scored.
Ching Returns to Field
Quakes forward Brian Ching returned to the soccer field on June 18 when he entered the match in the 82nd minute against Real Salt Lake. Ching suffered a right hamstring strain on May 14 against FC Dallas and missed the next five games during his recovery. Ching still remains one of the top Quakes scorers with four goals and two assists on the year. Ching wasted no time in re-establishing his scoring touch, netting a goal in the Quakes reserves match against the RSL reserves on Sunday, June 19 during his 54-minute appearance in the game.
One Goal Games
The Earthquakes 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on June 18 was the first Quakes game decided by more than one goal this season. The first 12 San Jose games were either decided by one goal or ended in ties prior to San Jose exploding for a 3-0 win over Salt Lake. The Quakes 3-0 win on June 18 was also San Jose's first multi-goal game since April 30, the last time they played Real Salt Lake in a 2-2 tie.
Onstad On Fire
Earthquakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad earned his fifth shutout of 2005 on June 18 against RSL, tying him with two other players for third in the league in shutouts. Onstad has bettered his goals against average to 1.15, giving up just 15 goals this season. Since April 23, Onstad has not allowed an opponent to score at Spartan Stadium for 326 straight minutes.
Robinson, Califf Form Tough Duo
Since Danny Califf was inserted into the Quakes starting lineup alongside Eddie Robinson in central defense on May 25 against Colorado, the Quakes have allowed just two goals in five games, posting three shutouts in that span and a 2-1-2 record.
The Quakes are in the midst of playing three games in a row at Spartan Stadium. After exploding to a 3-0 win against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, June 18, the Earthquakes will continue the home stand with matches on Saturday, June 25 vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy and on Wednesday, June 29 against the Colorado Rapids. So far this year the Quakes hold an undefeated 2-0-4 record at home, scoring eleven goals, allowing seven, and earning three shutouts. San Jose plays four out of their five matches in June at Spartan Stadium.
Depleted Quakes Injury Update
The Earthquakes currently have two starters on the 2005 season-ending injury list. 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 Mullan (left ankle avulsion fracture) has been upgraded to questionable this week and has started participating in part of the Quakes practice sessions. Brian Ching (right hamstring strain) and Eddie Robinson (right groin strain) both saw playing time on June 18 and are listed as probable for Saturday's match against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Feeling It In June
Mark Chung has been more dangerous in the month of June than any other Quakes player with 11 goals and 15 assists in his MLS career. June is midfielder Ian Russell's best month also, with two goals and six assists in his career. Pat Onstad has 0.68 goals against average in June, allowing only seven goals. Defender Kelly Gray has also been busy in June, scoring two goals and taking an individual-high 21 shots in the month.
Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered
After 13 games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in both fouls committed (253) and fouls suffered (244). In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed. The Quakes are tied for fourth in the league in cautions received with 25 yellow cards.
Quakes All-Time in June
June is typically San Jose's best month, as the team possesses a 22-14-10 all-time record in the month.
Quakes in the Community
WHO: Wes Hart and Ryan Cochrane
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, June 22 - 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
LOCATION: MACSA Youth Center - 660 Sinclair Drive, San Jose
DETAILS: Wes Hart and Ryan Cochrane will be at the MACSA Youth Center to help launch the new Futsal league between MACSA and Washington United Youth Center. The league is being sponsored by the YES Foundation. Hart and Cochrane will be hosting a Q & A session and signing autographs.
WHO: Mark Chung and Brad Davis
DATE & TIME: Thursday, June 23 - 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Pinnacle Fitness, Los Gatos
DETAILS: Chung and Davis will be at Pinnacle Fitness participating in Community Day. Soccer loving families are welcome to play games and win prizes.
Former Quakes Players Make First Return to San Jose
Former Quakes forward Landon Donovan will make his return to Spartan Stadium for the first time since leaving San Jose following the 2004 season. Donovan is currently the Galaxy's leading goal-scorer with six goals in 2005. Donovan scored 32 goals and notched 29 assists for San Jose in his four-year career in an Earthquakes uniform, leading the team to two MLS Cup Championships in 2001 and 2003. Defender Todd Dunivant, who played in 46 games for the Quakes in 2003 and 2004, will also return to San Jose as a member of the Galaxy along with former Quakes goalkeeper Steve Cronin.
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 43 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 26-12-5 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 shutout on April 26, 2003 vs. Los Angeles...Wes Hart notched his first MLS assist on September 1, 2001 against the Galaxy...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 30 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 25 career MLS games. He also scored five of those goals and recorded six assists in 16 games vs. the Galaxy while with San Jose...Dwayne De Rosario has scored three goals and notched four assists against the Galaxy in nine 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 49 games after San Jose's 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on June 18, 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 120-124-43.
Despite relinquishing a halftime lead on June 12 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 43-0-7 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 dominated RSL with a 3-0 win on June 18, continuing their incredible run over the past 60 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 50-3-7 record in their last 60 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2005, San Jose remains undefeated at 3-0-3 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.