Weekly update: Quakes to strike twice
This Week's Match-Up
The Earthquakes play two more games on the road his week as they travel to Denver and Kansas City to take on the Colorado Rapids and the Kansas City Wizards. The Quakes face the Rapids on Wednesday, May 25 at Invesco Field at Mile High at 6:30 p.m. PT. The game will be joined in progress on 1590 AM KLIV at 6:50 p.m. PT. Wednesday will be the first meeting between the Quakes and Rapids this season. After taking on the Rapids, San Jose heads directly to Kansas City to play the Wizards on Saturday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. PT at Arrowhead Stadium. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net on tape delay at 7:00 p.m. PT (following the Athletics-Indians game) and live on 1590 AM KLIV. San Jose defeated Kansas City 3-2 on April 23 at Spartan Stadium.
Earthquakes vs. Rapids All-Time Results
MLS Regular Season: 16-16-4
Shootout: 1-2 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-2 (2000-03)
U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
San Jose - 56, Colorado - 55
Earthquakes All-Time Record vs. Wizards
MLS Regular Season: 17-14-6
Shootout: 3-4 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-4 (2000-2003)
U.S. Open Cup: 0-1-0
San Jose - 53, Kansas City - 49
Out: Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain); Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear); Brian Mullan (L - ankle avulsion fracture)
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 1; Saturday, May 21, 2005; The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.
The Earthquakes dropped a 2-1 decision to their Western Conference rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy Saturday night 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 second half, the Quakes began to pressure LA, and Chung made his San Jose debut in the 61st minute when he replaced Ian Russell. Two minutes later, Galaxy defender Ihemelu received his second yellow card for a hard tackle on Brad Davis. Ihemelu was ejected, leaving the Galaxy with ten men for the remainder of the match. 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.
Last Match vs. Rapids
Earthquakes 1, Colorado Rapids 1; Saturday, October 2; Invesco Field at Mile High: Denver, Colo.
The San Jose Earthquakes used a late Dwayne De Rosario goal to come from behind and tie the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at INVESCO Field at Mile High. With the tie, the Quakes moved into sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference following the Dallas Burn's 2-0 loss to New England earlier in the day. The Quakes tied the match after the Rapids jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute off a goal by Jean Philippe Peguero. In the 13th minute Peguero received a pass from Matt Crawford on the left side in the middle of the box. Peguero's one-time shot bounced off the top of the goal and out of danger. One minute later, Peguero would not miss, however, as he gave the Rapids a 1-0 lead. The Rapids attacked when Jordan Cila hit Crawford on the left side of the field. Crawford's cross found an open Peguero in the penalty area, and his low shot beat a sliding Onstad to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. Rapids goalkeeper Joe Cannon kept the Quakes off the board in the 45th minute on his diving save of an Ronnie Ekelund penalty kick. The play was set up moments earlier when Eddie Robinson lofted a long-ball over the Rapids defense that Donovan was able to control and maneuver into the penalty area. Donovan dribbled around Cannon, only to have the Rapids goalkeeper pull him down setting up the penalty. Ekelund stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick, but a diving Cannon stuffed his low shot to the right. The Quakes evened the match at 1-1 in the 82nd minute when Ryan Cochrane dribbled up the right side with the ball and lofted a perfect ball over the Rapids defense to a sliding De Rosario, who pushed the ball past Cannon and make the score 1-1. The goal was the first for San Jose since Sept. 11.
Last Match vs. Wizards
Earthquakes 3, Wizards 2; Saturday, April 23; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA
The San Jose Earthquakes claimed their first victory of the 2005 season, coming from behind twice to defeat the Kansas City Wizards 3-2 at Spartan Stadium. The Wizards took an early lead in the fifth minute as rookie Scott Sealy scored his first career MLS goal following a Kansas City corner kick. The Quakes defense failed to fully clear the corner kick, and the Wizards Jimmy Conrad sent a shot into the middle of the Quakes penalty area that was knocked down by a scrum of bodies. Sealy was finally able to control the bouncing ball and turned with it before unleashing a shot from about eight yards away that beat San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad for a 1-0 lead. The Earthquakes managed to tie the game at 1-1 in the 14th minute on Ronald Cerritos' second goal of the season. Cerritos dribbled into the box alone and powered a low shot through the legs of sliding Wizards goalkeeper Bo Oshonyi before the trailing Kansas City defenders could catch up. Kansas City rallied back to take the lead 2-1 in the 34th minute, as Chris Klein ran onto a long ball that soared over the Quakes defense on the right side of the field and dribbled in alone against Onstad. Klein sent a low hard shot into the net past a sliding Onstad. The Wizards lead would only last six minutes, however. San Jose evened the match at 2-2 in the 40th minute on Brian Ching's third goal of the season. Brad Davis lofted a perfect free kick from 20 yards out on the right side of the field into the middle of the Kansas City penalty area. A sprinting Ching dove for the ball, and placed a diving header past Oshoniyi to tie the match. Dwayne De Rosario put the Earthquakes ahead 3-2 in the 57th minute on a long-range blast. After a good San Jose build-up, De Rosario received the ball near the middle of the field off passes from Ching and Cerritos. De Rosario moved toward the right side and then unleashed a hard, low shot from 25 yards out that struck the far post and deflected into the net. Just two minutes later, the Wizards had a prime opportunity to score in the 59th minute after Eddie Robinson was whistled for a penalty in the box for fouling Jimmy Conrad as they both went up to head a Wizards free kick. Josh Wolff took the penalty kick, but a diving Onstad pushed his high, hard shot up and off the crossbar where it was cleared away by the San Jose defense.
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.
Unbeaten Streak Snapped
After going unbeaten in their previous four matches (2-0-2), the Earthquakes lost 2-1 to Los Angeles on Saturday, ending their unbeaten run.
The Earthquakes faced the Galaxy on Saturday without four injured starters. Defenders Craig Waibel (torn right ACL/LCL) and Troy Dayak (torn left ACL) missed the Galaxy match and will be gone for the remainder of the season with their injuries. Brian Ching (right hamstring strain) and Brian Mullan (left ankle avulsion fracture) were also out of action, although the duo is expected back in four-to-six weeks. Ching, the Earthquakes leading goal-scorer in 2005 with four, has appeared in 47 games over the past three seasons, while Mullan has started 65 matches since 2003. Prior to the May 21 loss to the Galaxy, the last time the Quakes played a game without both Ching and Mullan was July 10, 2004 in a 2-0 loss to the MetroStars at Giants Stadium.
Onstad Back-to-Back Shutouts
Pat Onstad stretched his shutout streak to 275 minutes before allowing a goal in the 39th minute to the Galaxy on Saturday. He had earned shutouts in his previous two matches. That streak is the seventh longest shutout streak in team history. Onstad's personal best scoreless streak is 399 minutes, set in 2003.
Chung Debuts, Assists
The San Jose Earthquakes acquired midfielder Mark Chung on Friday, May 20 from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for the remaining portion of the Landon Donovan allocation. Chung met the team in Los Angeles and entered the match in the 61st minute. Eight minutes later, he assisted on Ronald Cerritos' game tying goal.
Hart's On Fire
Wes Hart made his first appearance of the 2005 season when he entered the Quakes 2-1 loss to the Galaxy for Brad Davis in the 78th minute. Hart appeared in 18 games for San Jose in 2004.
Aloisi Plays First Match
Quakes defender Chris Aloisi saw his first action as a member of the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night, entering the game after halftime and playing 45 minutes at right back. Aloisi appeared in four games for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2004 as a rookie. He has played 90 minutes in all four Quakes reserve league matches this season.
The Quakes wrap up a stretch of five out of six games on the road this week with games at Colorado and Kansas City. Once San Jose gets through this tough stretch, the team will enjoy four out of five matches in the friendly confines of Spartan Stadium, beginning on June 4 against D.C. United. The Quakes currently have a 1-1-1 record on the road during this stretch.
Road Trip Ronald
Earthquakes leading goal-scorer Ronald Cerritos scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday, May 21 against the Galaxy. It was the second straight road game that Cerritos found the back of the in. Cerritos scored May 7 against the Metrostars. Cerritos now has 59 career goals with the Quakes, extending his all-time scoring lead.
Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered
After eight games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in both fouls committed (163, tied with FC Dallas) and fouls suffered (148). In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed. Individually, Danny O'Rourke is second in the league with 27 fouls committed. Brian Mullan is third in the league with 27 fouls suffered.
Quakes All-Time in May
San Jose possesses a 19-18-9 all-time record in the month of May.
Quakes in the Community
Who: Brett Rodriguez
Date: May 25, 2005
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Details: Brett will sign autographs for players from the Sunnyvale AYSO. Player responsibilities: sign autographs.
Who: Robbie Fulton and "Q"
Date: May 26, 2005
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Details: Robbie will appear at an open house for Scott Lane Elementary School and sign autographs and hand out Earthquakes prizes.
Who: Alexi Lalas
Date: May 28, 2005
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd in San Francisco.
Details: President and General Manager Alexi Lalas will be signing autographs at the Comcast tent at Carnaval San Francisco on Saturday, May 28.
Who: Alejandro Moreno
Date: May 29, 2005
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd in San Francisco.
Details: Quakes forward Alejandro Moreno will be signing autographs at the Comcast tent at Carnaval San Francisco on Sunday, May 29.
Top Rapids Players vs. Quakes
Jeff Cunnigham has scored 10 goals and notched six assists against San Jose in his MLS career...Wolde Harris has scored four goals and dished out five assists in his MLS career vs. San Jose, scoring one of those goals and recording two assists while with Colorado.
Top Quakes Players vs. Rapids
Ronald Cerritos has scored seven goals and registered three assists in a San Jose uniform against the Rapids. In his MLS career he has scored eight goals and notched three assists against Colorado...Brian Ching has scored three goals against Colorado...Mark Chung has scored two goals and notched 12 assists against Colorado, while playing for Kansas City and the MetroStars.
Earthquakes - Rapids Connections
Earthquakes defender Wes Hart is from Littleton, Col. and played four seasons for the Rapids before joining the Earthquakes in a trade on Feb. 23, 2004...Midfielder Brian Mullan grew up in Littleton, Colo and was the 1997 Colorado High School Player of the Year at Regis Jesuit High School...Earthquakes defender Craig Waibel played in two games for the Rapids in 2000... Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear played for the Rapids in 1996...Colorado goalkeeper Joe Cannon played four seasons in San Jose, winning the 2001 MLS Cup and the 2002 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. Cannon is still the Quakes all-time leader in wins and shutouts...Midfielder Mark Chung arrived from Colorado in a trade on May 20, 2005 after playing parts of four seasons for the Rapids...Defender Eric Denton played for Santa Clara University.
History vs. Rapids
The Earthquakes series against the Rapids has been very close since 1996, with two teams tied in the all-time series 16-16-4, while the Quakes hold a slim edge in goals 56-55...The Quakes last won in Colorado on April 12, 2003 in a 2-1 victory. Wade Barrett made his MLS debut with the Earthquakes on March 28, 1998 against Colorado...Brian Ching scored his first San Jose goal on April 12, 2003 at Colorado in just the 53rd minute of the match...Ryan Cochrane notched his first MLS assist on October 2, 2004 vs. the Rapids...Roger Levesque made his MLS debut on July 12, 2003 vs. COL when he entered as a sub in the 68th minute...Brian Mullan made his MLS debut on April 21, 2001 at Colorado while playing with the Galaxy...Pat Onstad made his MLS and Earthquakes debut against the Rapids on April 12, 2003.
Top Wizards Players vs. Quakes
Wizards midfielder Preki has scored a total of 10 goals and recorded nine assists in 26 regular season games against the Quakes...Chris Klein has two goals and six assists in 25 regular season games vs. the Quakes...In 17 games with Los Angeles and Kansas City, Sasha Victorine has scored four goals and notched two assists...Josh Wolff has scored three goals and notched two assists with Chicago and Kansas City against San Jose.
Top Quakes Performers vs. Wizards
Ronald Cerritos has scored 10 goals and registered three assists in 15 regular season games vs. Kansas City while with San Jose and has notched 12 goals and three assists in 23 career MLS games vs. KC...Mark Chung has scored five goals and notched two assists in his MLS career vs. Kansas City...Dwayne De Rosario has three goals and four assists in 12 games.
Quakes vs. Wizards History
The Quakes lead the all-time regular season series between the two teams 17-14-6...The Earthquakes eliminated the Wizards from the 2003 Western Conference Championship game in overtime on Nov. 15, 2003 on a Landon Donovan goal...The Wizards then ousted the Quakes from the 2004 MLS Cup Playoffs in the first round after rallying from a 2-0 aggregate-goal deficit by winning Game 2 3-0 on a late Jack Jewsbury goal...Earthquakes defender Eddie Robinson scored his first career MLS goal against the Wizards on July 27, 2002... Brian Ching scored his first career goal and notched his first career assist against the Wizards on June 13, 2001 while with the Galaxy...Landon Donovan scored the Quakes first-ever hat trick on Sept. 20, 2003 in a 4-1 win at Arrowhead Stadium...Ronald Cerritos surpassed the 10,000 minute mark of playing time on September 1, 2001 and scored a goal...Troy Dayak reached the 10,000 playing minutes mark on September 18, 2004 in Kansas City...Wes Hart scored his first MLS goal vs. KC in his first MLS start on August 26, 2000 with a scissor kick as a member of the Rapids...Craig Waibel made his MLS debut as a member of the Rapids on April 29, 2000 against the Wizards.
Earthquakes vs. Wizards Match-Up
The Earthquakes and Wizards split the season series in 2004 1-1-2...The Earthquakes own a 9-4-5 all-time record over the Wizards at Spartan Stadium...Kansas City last won a game at Spartan Stadium on August 16, 2000 in a 3-0 win...The Earthquakes out-scored the Wizards 6-2 in four regular season games in 2003...The Wizards topped the Quakes in the semifinals of the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 1-0 on August 24.
Earthquakes - Kansas City Connections
Earthquakes forward Dwayne De Rosario played for the A-League's Richmond Kickers in 1999 under current Wizards General Manager Curt Johnson, who served as the GM for the Kickers...Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad played in 84 games in four seasons with San Jose before joining the Wizards in a trade in January, 2003...The Wizards Justin Detter played at Notre Dame with the Quakes Kevin Goldthwaite...Mark Chung played for Kansas City from 1996-98 and scored 20 goals.
Ronald Cerritos is currently second in Quakes history in assists with 40 in 126 games 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.
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 118-123-41.
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.