Weekly update: Playoff bound?

The Earthquakes and FC Dallas have played to two draws so far this season.

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This Week's Match-Up

Following a rousing 2-1 win over Western Conference rival the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, the Quakes head to Frisco, Texas to take on second place FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park on Saturday, September 3 at 5:30 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on tape delay on Fox Sports Net at 7:30 p.m. PT (following Texas-Louisiana-Lafayette). The game will also air live on the radio on 1590 AM KLIV (English). A win would put the Quakes 11 points ahead of FC Dallas in the Western Conference standings.

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 8/29/2005
Tuesday, August 30: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College
Wednesday, August 31: Off
Thursday, September 1: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College
Friday, September 2: Travel to Dallas
Saturday, September 3: 5:30 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, live on 1590 KLIV and tape delay at 7:30 p.m. on FSN.

Injury Report/Suspensions
Out: Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear); Brad Davis (L - groin strain)
Questionable: Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain)

Last Match

Earthquakes 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 1; Saturday, August 27, 2005; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

The San Jose Earthquakes used a late Danny Califf goal to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in the latest chapter of the best rivalry in Major League Soccer in front of 24,112 fans at Spartan Stadium. On a night that saw the Earthquakes induct legendary defender John Doyle as the inaugural member of the club's Hall Of Fame and Landon Donovan return to Spartan Stadium for the second time, Califf's goal in the 75th minute allowed San Jose to stretch its unbeaten streak to six MLS games. The Quakes took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute on an Alejandro Moreno header. After Pablo Chinchilla brought down the Quakes Ricardo Clark deep in the right corner of the Galaxy end of the field, Mark Chung cracked a free kick that was heading toward the middle of the goal. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman jumped to get the ball, but Moreno got to it first, redirecting it into the far corner of the net. The lead would not last long, however, as Donovan, in his second visit to Spartan Stadium since leaving the Earthquakes at the end of last season, rocketed in a goal to tie the match at 1-1 in the 37th minute. Donovan received a pass from Herculez Gomez on the left side of the field, and ran onto the ball at the top of the Quakes area before unleashing a high shot to the upper corner to even the game. In a moving halftime ceremony, Doyle became the inaugural member of the Earthquakes Hall of Fame, as his name and jersey were unveiled in the south side of the stadium and will be on display during all San Jose matches. Quakes defender Troy Dayak presented Doyle with several gifts commemorating his exceptional service to the club from 1996-2000. The Galaxy nearly took the lead in the 65th minute when Donovan whipped a free kick from 23 yards out into the middle of the Quakes area, where Chris Albright sent a hard header off the left post. In the 75th minute Quakes defender Danny Califf made sure his first goal for San Jose was an important one that would give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead. The former Galaxy player connected on a near-post run with a Ronald Cerritos corner kick from the left side, heading the ball past Hartman for a 2-1 advantage.

Last Match vs. FC Dallas

FC Dallas 2, Earthquakes 2; Saturday, July 2, 2005; Cotton Bowl; Dallas, TX

The San Jose Earthquakes came from behind twice at The Cotton Bowl to earn a hard-fought 2-2 tie with Western Conference leader FC Dallas. Despite playing the final 55 minutes of the game a man down following the ejection of Danny Califf, the Quakes responded in the Texas heat and held on for a 2-2 tie with Dallas after Ricardo Clark evened the match in the 59th minute on a wondrous goal. The Quakes extended their unbeaten streak to six straight games with the tie. FC Dallas got on the board in just the fourth minute, getting out to a 1-0 lead on an Arturo Alvarez goal. Ronnie O'Brien started the play by dribbling into the Quakes penalty area on the left side before passing it back outside the box to an open Bobby Rhine. Rhine settled the ball before looping a fine cross through the penalty area that an open on-rushing Alvarez was able to volley in the goal. San Jose responded quickly, however, drawing even at 1-1 on an excellent Brian Mullan goal. Mullan received the ball on the right side near midfield and headed up field, beating Dallas defender Chris Gbandi twice before sending a pass into Alejandro Moreno. Moreno one-timed a ball up to a streaking Mullan, who found himself in behind the FC Dallas defense. Dallas goalkeeper Scott Garlick rushed out to stop Mullan, but the Quakes midfielder was able to maneuver around the sliding Garlick and then fire the ball into the open net. In the 20th minute the Quakes suffered a blow to their defense when Eddie Robinson was forced to leave the game with a strained right hamstring, and in the 35th minute the Quakes lost another defender, when Danny Califf received his second yellow card and was ejected for a hard tackle on Roberto Mina, leaving San Jose to play the rest of the game shorthanded with 10 men. Gbandi gave FC Dallas a 2-1 lead in the 57th minute. Gbandi worked a give-and-go at the edge of the left penalty area with Alvarez. Gbandi got the ball back, and moved into the penalty area and then fired a low shot to the far corner past an outstretched Onstad for the 2-1 advantage. Once again, the Quakes responded immediately, tying the game at 2-2 in the 59th minute. Gray ran onto a long ball in the right side of the Dallas penalty area, and brought it down near the top of the 18-yard box. Gray slipped a pass to Ricardo Clark directly in the middle of the field. Clark spun away from his defender and unleashed a beautiful; high shot that soared over Garlick and into the net to even the match at 2-2.

Misc. Notes

Clincher

With their win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday, the Quakes are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive year. The Quakes lead the Western Conference's fifth place team, Real Salt Lake, by 25 points and RSL can only accumulate 27 points the rest of the year. A loss or a tie by RSL in their match on Wednesday, August 31 against D.C. United at R.F.K. Stadium would clinch a playoff berth for the Quakes.

Doyle Enshrined In Earthquakes Hall Of Fame

The San Jose Earthquakes inducted former defender and captain John Doyle as the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 27 at Spartan Stadium. The Quakes honored Doyle with a Hall of Fame watch and a commemorative picture frame, while also unveiling a Hall of Fame banner that will be on display at all Earthquakes home games.

De Rosario Heads to Spain

Quakes midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has been named to Canada's roster for its match on Saturday, September 3 against Spain in Santander, Spain. Canadian National Team head coach Frank Yallop called up 18 players for the game, which kicks off at 9:45 p.m. local time. De Rosario will join his teammates in Madrid on Monday, August 29 to begin preparations for the game. He will rejoin his Earthquakes teammates in San Jose on Monday, September 5. De Rosario has 33 caps and scored seven goals in his national team career.

Bounced From Open Cup

The San Jose Earthquakes were defeated 2-1 by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on August 24. A 2-0 first half Galaxy lead was too much for the Quakes to overcome despite a desperate second half push following the ejection of L.A.'s Todd Dunivant, as San Jose saw themselves eliminated in the quarterfinals of this tournament by the Galaxy for a fourth time. The Galaxy pressured San Jose early, as Dunivant lofted a cross from the left side into the goalmouth that Quakes goalkeeper Jon Conway punched away. The ball went directly to Herculez Gomez in front of the goal. Gomez sent a hard volley from close range toward the goal that an alert Eddie Robinson was able to knock away on the goal line. A minute later, however, Gomez gave the Galaxy a 1-0 lead. Following a San Jose goal kick that was headed directly back toward the San Jose end of the field by Jovan Kirovski, Gomez ran onto the ball and was able to get past Danny Califf, drawing Conway well off his line. Gomez slotted a low shot to the left of a sliding Conway for the 1-0 advantage.The Galaxy took a 2-0 lead in the 30th minute on another Gomez goal. Los Angeles stole the ball from the Quakes on the right side of the field, where Kirovski fired a long ball across the field to Gomez. He got in behind the Quakes defense and found himself alone with only Conway to beat. Gomez slotted a low shot past Conway to put Los Angeles up 2-0. The Earthquakes gained a man advantage in the 63rd minute when Dunivant received his second yellow card for a hard foul on Nash and was ejected. Following Dunivant's departure, the Quakes put enormous pressure on L.A. and in the 76th minute, the Quakes cut the deficit to 2-1 on a brilliant goal. Robinson hit Brian Mullan on the right wing, and Mullan dribbled up field before whipping a cross into the box to an open Ronald Cerritos, who headed the ball home.

Unbeaten Streak Reaches Six

With their 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Quakes stretched their unbeaten streak to six games. The Quakes are now 5-0-1 in their last five matches. Earlier this season the Quakes strung together seven games without a loss (6/4 - 7/9). In their past 14 games, San Jose has posted an 9-1-4 record.

Unbeaten August

The Quakes finished the month of August with an unbeaten 3-0-1 record. This is the second time this season that the Quakes have completed an undefeated month, as the team also finished June unbeaten at 3-0-2. All-time in August, the Quakes have posted a 24-20-5 record.

August Distribution

The Quakes have gotten contributions from the whole team during the 2005 season and August was no different. San Jose scored six goals in the month and six different players scored those goals. Dwayne De Rosario, Brad Davis, Ricardo Clark, Mark Chung, Alejandro Moreno and Danny Califf all scored goals. Also, five different players had assists as only Ronald Cerritos had a multiple assist month with two.

Tough D

Despite allowing a goal against the Galaxy, the Quakes remain tied with the fewest goals allowed in MLS with 26. The Earthquakes are tied with the New England Revolution for the fewest amount of goals allowed and the best goals against average (1.08).

Payback

Alejandro Moreno and Danny Califf both scored against their former team on Saturday, leading the Quakes to a 2-1 victory over the Galaxy. Moreno has now scored in both home matches against the Galaxy in 2005.

Califf Drought Over

Quakes defender Danny Califf scored on a header against the Galaxy to give San Jose a 2-1 win at Spartan Stadium. The goal was his first goal in an Earthquakes uniform. It was also his first goal in MLS since July 13, 2002 against Colorado, while playing for the Galaxy.

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.

Tight Games

After a 2-1 win over the Galaxy on Aug. 27, San Jose has now had 21 of their 24 games either decided by one goal or finish in a tie. Also, 14 of the 24 games that the Quakes have played in 2005 have entered the halftime break with the teams tied.

Unbeaten At Home

The Quakes currently have a 14-game unbeaten streak at Spartan Stadium as they have not lost since Sept. 8, 2004 in their home stadium. The 14-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 7-0-7 record at Spartan during the streak. The Quakes are the only MLS team without a loss at home in 2005, posting a 7-0-5 record.

One-Goal Games

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 10-3 in one-goal games.

Pitching In

Through 24 games, the Quakes have scored 36 goals and the goals are coming from the entire team. Thirteen different players have scored a goal for San Jose. Also, the team has never had one player score two goals or more in a single game this season.

Moreno Team Leader

Alejandro Moreno moved into the team lead in goals with his first half strike against the Galaxy. The Venezuelan forward also tied his career high in goals with his sixth of the season.

League Leaders

-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 and Ronald Cerritos are tied for fourth in assists with eight.

-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 1.08 GAA. He is second in MLS with eight shutouts on the season and is leading the league in save percentage (77.3).

-Opponents have fouled forward Alejandro Moreno 73 times this year, placing him first in the league in fouls suffered. Brian Mullan is tied for fourth in the league with 54 fouls suffered.

-The Earthquakes lead MLS with 44 assists.

Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered

After 24 games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in fouls suffered (444) and fouls committed (417). However, the Quakes have only received 41 cautions in 2005, ranking ninth in MLS. In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed.

Quakes In September

All-time in the month of September, the Earthquakes are 18-20-1 in MLS games. September has been the most prolific month for Ronald Cerritos in his career, scoring 14 goals and registering nine assists in 25 games. Dwayne De Rosario has five goals and one assist in 10 career September games, while Mark Chung has three goals and nine assists in 29 games.

Quakes on the Road vs. Dallas

The Earthquakes are unbeaten in their last five straight matches on the road against FC Dallas, including a 2-2 tie in their last match at the Cotton Bowl on July 2, 2005. 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 eight matches in Dallas. Saturday's game will be San Jose's first in Dallas' new stadium, Pizza Hut Park, which opened on August 6, 2005.

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, but has yet to score against them as a member of FC Dallas...Bobby Rhine has three goals and two assists in 16 games for Dallas against San Jose...Eddie Johnson has two goals in nine 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 11 games...Forward Ronald Cerritos has six goals and eight assists in 14 games against Dallas in his MLS career...Midfielder Brian Mullan has three goals and six assists in nine games vs. FC Dallas while with San Jose...Brian Ching has scored four goals in just seven games against Dallas while with San Jose...Wade Barrett has two goals and four assists in 16 regular season matches against FC Dallas.

Early Scoring vs. Dallas

The Quakes have scored frequently against FC Dallas in their history, netting 60 goals in 34 games, including 29 in the past seven home games in the series. 17 of those 60 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...Ricardo Clark scored his first Earthquakes goal and first assist on July 2, 2005 against FC Dallas. The goal was voted the Sierra Mist Goal of the Week...Alejandro Moreno notched his first assist with San Jose against FC Dallas on July 2, 2005.

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 15 matches between the teams. In those 15 games, the Quakes have out-scored Dallas 35-13 and posted a 10-2-3 record. San Jose has the edge over FC Dallas with an 18-13-3 all-time record in the series.

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...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 54 games after San Jose's 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 27, 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 128-125-45.

Halftime Success

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 scored first and defeated the Galaxy 2-1 at Spartan Stadium on Saturday to continue their incredible run over the past 67 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 56-3-8 record in their last 67 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2005, San Jose remains undefeated at 9-0-4 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.


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