Weekly update: Mulrooney returns

This Week's Match-Up

After a two-game road trip, the San Jose Earthquakes return home to Spartan Stadium on Saturday, May 14 when they host new-look FC Dallas (formerly the Dallas Burn). With first place in sight for both teams, second-place FC Dallas and the third-place San Jose Earthquakes will battle to get three points to move up the Western Conference standings. The game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on the radio on 1590 AM KLIV (English) and 1370 AM KZSF (Spanish). The first 7,500 fans will receive an Earthquakes Game Tracker poster, presented by Sierra Mist.

Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 18-13-1
Home: 11-5-0
Away: 7-8-1
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 - 58, FC Dallas - 37

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 5/9/05
Tuesday, May 10 3:00 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Santa Clara University at Santa Clara University soccer field.
Wednesday, May 11 - Off Day
Thursday, May 12 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College
Friday, May 13 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at Spartan Stadium
Saturday, May 14 7:00 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas at Spartan Stadium live on 1590 KLIV (English) and KZSF 1370 AM (Spanish)

Injury Report/Suspensions
Questionable: James Twellman (Right - heel contusion); Orlando Ramirez (Left - oblique strain).
Out: Danny Califf (Right - knee sprain)

Last Match

Earthquakes 1, MetroStars 0; Saturday, May 7, 2005; Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, NJ

The San Jose Earthquakes shut out the MetroStars 1-0 at Giants Stadium to stretch their unbeaten streak to three games. Ronald Cerritos scored his third goal of the season and Pat Onstad made five saves for the shutout. Brad Davis notched his league-leading sixth assist in six games this season. The MetroStars had their best chance in the opening 15 minutes of the match as Amada Guevara found a gap in the Quakes defense. Guevara received a pass and dribbled to the top of the penalty box before ripping a long-range shot off the near post. San Jose was then able to clear the ball out of danger. Sergio Galvan Rey flicked a header off the crossbar at the 30-minute mark of the first half off a corner kick from Guevara. Guevara whipped a cross in to the near post that Galvan Rey flicked to the back post, but the ball skimmed off the crossbar. Brian Ching almost broke the deadlock in the 35th minute after turning on his defender in the box. Wade Barrett played a give-and-go with Cerritos and then found Ching inside the box, 15 yards from the goal. Ching turned to his left and got free from his defender before shooting to the far post, but MetroStars goalkeeper Zach Wells got a piece of the shot and tipped it wide. The Quakes came out attacking in the second half and were finally rewarded in the 60th minute with a goal by Cerritos. De Rosario took the ball down the left wing and slipped a pass between two defenders to Brad Davis, who turned and swung a cross to the back post for Cerritos. Cerritos got free from his defender and headed the ball into the corner past Wells for the eventual game-winning goal. The Quakes then limited the MetroStars chances over the last 30 minutes to earn their first shutout of the 2005 season.

Last Match vs. Dallas

Earthquakes 2, Dallas Burn 2; Saturday, October 16, 2004; The Cotton Bowl; Dallas, TX

The San Jose Earthquakes advanced to the MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-2 tie against the Dallas Burn at the Cotton Bowl. Brian Ching and Ramiro Corrales scored for San Jose, who qualified for the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Burn took the lead in the 12th minute on an Eddie Johnson goal, as he volleyed home a beautiful cross by Jason Kreis from the right side with his left foot past a helpless Pat Onstad. Once the Burn scored, the Quakes seemed to pick up the pace, with Richard Mulrooney finding Brian Ching on a header that went just wide of the post. The Quakes lost Ronnie Ekelund to a strained left hamstring in the 27th minute, as Dwayne De Rosario replaced him, but then seven minutes later San Jose managed to tie the match on Ching's goal in the 34th minute. Brian Mullan received the ball on the right side and tore into the Burn penalty area, streaking past defenders before finding Landon Donovan in the middle of the box, who touched the ball forward before sending a pass up to Ching in the middle, where he headed home the tying goal past Jeff Cassar for a 1-1 game. Just two minutes later, Ramiro Corrales put the Quakes up 2-1 when he found himself on the end of another stellar effort from Mullan. Mullan took over a loose ball and tore into the penalty area, lofting a perfect pass across the area to Corrales, who headed home a ball in the far corner for a 2-1 lead. The Quakes were dealt another blow in the 53rd minute when Mullan was forced to leave the game with an injured ankle, and in the 62nd minute the Burn evened the score at 2-2 on a goal by Oscar Pareja. After a throw-in by Carey Talley soared into the middle of the field, Simo Valakari jumped up and headed the ball toward the Quakes goal. Kreis touched the ball down to Pareja, who was inside the Quakes defense and the Burn midfielder managed to send the ball past Onstad to make it 2-2. The Burn continued to push forward, but two dangerous Kreis free kicks near the San Jose penalty box were knocked away and the Quakes were able to hold off the Burn to clinch the fourth playoff spot in the West.

Misc. Notes

Maggiano's Media Luncheons

The San Jose Earthquakes will host monthly media luncheons at Maggiano's Little Italy in Santana Row throughout the 2005 Major League Soccer Season. The first luncheon of the 2005 season will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 1:15 p.m. PT. At each luncheon, the Quakes will announce the Maggiano's Earthquakes Player of the Month and the Earthquakes Goal of the Month. President and General Manager Alexi Lalas, head coach Dominic Kinnear and all the players and coaches will be available for interviews at the luncheons. Maggiano's is located at 3055 Olin Ave at Santana Row in San Jose. After the first luncheon, all future media luncheons are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month.

Quakes Stretch Unbeaten Streak

With their win over the MetroStars on Saturday, the Quakes are currently on a three-game unbeaten run. The Earthquakes defeated the Kansas City Wizards 3-2 on April 23, tied Real Salt Lake 2-2 on April 30, and most recently defeated the MetroStars by a 1-0 margin on May 7.

Davis On A Roll

Midfielder Brad Davis has proven to be a dangerous asset for the Quakes in 2005. In his last three games, Davis has notched an assist against the Kansas City Wizards, Real Salt Lake, and the MetroStars. In 2004 with the Dallas Burn, Davis only registered two goals and two assists on the year. But this season, the Quakes midfielder already has one goal and six assists after just six games. Davis has recorded an assist in every game in 2005 except on April 16 against the Chicago Fire.

Onstad Earns First 2005 Shutout

Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad earned his first shutout of the 2005 season on Saturday with the Quakes 1-0 win over the MetroStars. Onstad made five saves to preserve the San Jose victory. Prior to the May 7 game, Onstad had allowed at least two goals in every game this year, letting 11 shots find the net after only five games, the second most goals allowed in the league. The shutout lowered the Canadian goalkeeper's goals against average from 2.20 to 1.83. Onstad has now earned 16 shutouts during his career with the Earthquakes.

Quakes Get Giant Win

The Earthquakes finally managed a victory in Giants Stadium against the MetroStars on Saturday. San Jose's 1-0 win on May 7 was the first time the Quakes have earned a victory on the Metros turf since September 22, 1999. The Quakes held just a 0-1-4 record at Giants Stadium from 1999 to 2004. San Jose has now won four out of their 12 away appearances against the Metros.

Road Tripping

After beginning the 2005 season with the comfort of playing three out of their first four games at home, the Earthquakes face a difficult road trip ahead of them. After visiting New Jersey to take on the MetroStars, the Quakes will play on the road three more times in the month of May, including stops in Los Angeles, Colorado, and Kansas City. The Earthquakes will take a break in the middle of the away stretch when they return home to Spartan Stadium to play FC Dallas on Saturday, May 14. Including the Quakes match against RSL on April 30, they have five out of six consecutive games on the road.

Ching and Davis Lethal Combination

Forward Brian Ching and midfielder Brad Davis are a dangerous duo this season. Davis has assisted on all of Ching's four goals in 2005. Ching's first three goals all came off of Davis' free kicks on April 2 against New England, April 9 vs. Chivas USA, and April 23 against Kansas City. Ching's goal on April 30 against Real Salt Lake was the first time Davis found Ching in the run of play.

League Leaders

• San Jose is currently in second place in the league in scoring with 12 goals through six games, three behind New England.

• The Quakes are also second to New England in assists with 14.

• Brian Ching is tied for third with three other players for goals scored with four. Ching is also tied for fourth in the league with nine shots on goal.

• Brad Davis leads MLS with six assists.

Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered

After six games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in both fouls committed (125) and fouls suffered (114) by wide margins. In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed. Individually, Brian Ching is first in the league with 23 fouls committed, while rookie Danny O'Rourke is tied for second with Simo Valakari of FC Dallas with 22. Brian Mullan remains the most-fouled player in the league with 25 fouls suffered. The Earthquakes are now committing on average 20.83 fouls per game and suffering 19.

Quakes All-Time in May

San Jose possesses a 19-17-8 all-time record in the month of May.

Quakes in the Community

Who: Craig Waibel, Eddie Robinson, Danny O'Rourke, Pat Onstad
Location: The Villages Golf and Country Club
Date: Monday, May 9
Details: Quakes players participated in the Junior Achievement Golf Tournament at the Villages Golf and Country Club. Junior Achievement is the premier K-12 local economic education organization.

Who: Wade Barrett
Location: Soquel, CA
Date: Sunday, May 15
Time: 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Details: Wade Barrett will be at Catalyst Soccer Club on Sunday to host a Q&A session and sign autographs.

Top FC Dallas Players vs. Quakes

Forward Carlos Ruiz scored six goals and registered two assists against the Quakes in 10 regular season games while with the Galaxy...Bobby Rhine has three goals and one assist in 14 games for Dallas against San Jose...Eddie Johnson has two goals in eight games against the Quakes.

Top Quakes Players vs. FC Dallas

Dwayne De Rosario has been lethal for San Jose against Dallas in his career, scoring seven goals and notching one assist in 10 games...Forward Ronald Cerritos has six goals and eight assists in 12 games against Dallas in his MLS career...Midfielder Brian Mullan has two goals and six assists in seven games vs. FC Dallas...Brian Ching has scored four goals in just six games against Dallas...Wade Barrett has two goals in four assists in 14 regular season matches against FC Dallas.

Early Scoring vs. Dallas

The Quakes have scored frequently against FC Dallas in their history, netting 58 goals in 32 games, including 19 in the past six home games in the series. 16 of those 58 goals have come in the opening 15 minutes of the game.

History vs. FC Dallas

Alejandro Moreno made his MLS debut against Dallas on April 20, 2002, replacing former Galaxy and current Earthquakes teammate Brian Mullan on the field...Moreno made his first MLS start on June 22, 2002 against Dallas, notching his first career assist as the game-winner...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...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 defender Ryan Cochrane made his MLS debut against Dallas on May 15, 2004 at the Cotton Bowl...Pat Onstad tied his career high of 10 saves against FC Dallas on May 15, 2004.

Dallas Domination

The Earthquakes have recently dominated the season series against Dallas. Though FC Dallas broke the Quakes seven-game winning streak in the series with a 2-1 win on July 7, 2004, San Jose has won 10 of the last 13 matches between the teams. In those 13 games, the Quakes have out-scored Dallas 33-11. San Jose has the edge over FC Dallas with an 18-13-1 all-time record in the series.

Quakes on the Road vs. Dallas

The Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last four straight matches on the road against FC Dallas, including a 2-1 victory on May 15 and a 2-2 tie on October 16 that propelled the Quakes into the 2004 playoffs. The Quakes last loss in Dallas came on July 13, 2002 when they fell 2-1. Overall, San Jose has won five of their past seven matches in Dallas.

Earthquakes - FC Dallas Connections

Ronald Cerritos was traded from the Quakes to Dallas on Feb. 8, 2002 and played there for the 2002 season and part of the 2003 season...Midfielder Brad Davis also played on Dallas in 2003 and 2004...Burn President and 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...FC Dallas players Arturo Alvarez and Richard Mulrooney used to play for the Quakes, Alvarez from 2003-2004 and Mulrooney from 1999-2004.

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 118-122-40.

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 MetroStars 1-0 on May 9, continuing their great run over the past 57 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 48-3-6 record in their last 57 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2004, San Jose is 1-0-2 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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