Weekly update: Quakes hit capital

This Week's Match-Up
The Quakes stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew last weekend and now head to Washington, D.C. to face defending MLS Cup Champion D.C. United. The game kicks off on Friday, July 15 at 4:30 p.m. PT from R.F.K. Stadium and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. The game will not be available on the radio.

Earthquakes vs. D.C. United All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 11-8-4
Home: 6-2-4
Away: 5-6-0
Shootout: 3-0 (1996-99)
Overtime: 0-0-1 (2000-2003)
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 34, D.C. - 37

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 7/11/2005
Tuesday, July 12: 10:30 a.m. PT - Training at West Valley College
Wednesday, July 13: Travel to Washington, D.C.
Thursday, July 14: 12:30 p.m. ET - Training in D.C.
Friday, July 15: 4:30 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. D.C. United at R.F.K. Stadium, live on FSN.
Saturday, July 16: Travel to San Jose

Injury Report/Suspensions
Questionable: - Ryan Cochrane - (L - hip pointer)
Out: Troy Dayak (L - ACL tear); Craig Waibel (R - LCL/ACL tear); Brian Ching (R - hamstring strain)

Last Match
Earthquakes 2, Columbus Crew 1; Saturday, July 9, 2005; Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio

The San Jose Earthquakes won their first regular season game at Crew Stadium in team history, defeating the Columbus Crew 2-1 behind goals from Ronald Cerritos and Eddie Robinson. The win stretches the Quakes unbeaten streak to seven games and moves San Jose into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference. Columbus jumped out to an early lead in the 18th minute with the first career goal by Chad Marshall. David Testo sent a corner kick to the back post, where Marshall was positioned. The former Stanford defender elevated above Robinson and headed a shot that Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad pushed off the crossbar. The ball ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced down behind the goal line for a 1-0 Crew lead. Robinson connected for his first goal of the season in the 30th minute on a set piece. After a foul on Wade Barrett in the left corner, Cerritos sent a free kick to the six-yard box. Robinson broke free and drove a header into the corner past Columbus goalkeeper Jonny Walker for a 1-1 tie. The goal was Robinson's first since September 20, 2003. Early in the second half, the Quakes had two opportunities to grab the lead. On the first chance, Brian Mullan played a ball to Alejandro Moreno on the right side and Moreno slid a ball to the near post. Just before Cerritos could get to the ball Walker slid out to collect the ball. Minutes later, Ricardo Clark had a shot that whistled just past the far post. San Jose's pressure paid off in the 63rd minute as Cerritos scored his fifth goal of the year after a great build-up on the left wing. Barrett played the ball to Clark, who flicked it to Moreno. Moreno then slid to push a through ball ahead to Clark, who sprinted past a defender and moved into the box. He calmly passed the ball to an unmarked Cerritos in front of the goal. The 30-year old Salvadoran knocked the ball home with his left foot to put San Jose ahead.

Last Match vs. D.C.
Earthquakes 0, D.C. United 0; Saturday, June 4, 2005; Spartan Stadium; San Jose, CA

The Earthquakes returned home to Spartan Stadium on Saturday night after three straight road games and earned their fourth shutout of the season, playing to a 0-0 tie with defending MLS Cup Champion D.C. United before a season-high crowd of 11,989. The Earthquakes applied pressure throughout in an evenly played game, but could not break through the D.C. United defense. The Quakes had the first quality scoring opportunity of the game in the 10th minute following a Ronald Cerritos corner kick from the left side. The ball went across the middle of the goal box, where it was deflected back to Mark Chung, who rocketed a shot just wide of the net. D.C. United tested San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad in the 14th minute when Christian Gomez ran onto a long ball over the Quakes defense and sent a hard shot from 16 yards away that Onstad was able to punch over the cross bar. Cerritos attempted to get the Quakes on the board in the 29th minute when Brad Davis sent a free kick to the middle of the penalty area, but his header soared wide right. San Jose kept the pressure on United, and had a prime chance to score in the 32nd minute as Davis lofted a perfect cross into the penalty area from the left side towards an open Dwayne De Rosario. The hard charging De Rosario attempted to get his foot on the ball, but he could not re-direct it enough toward the net, and it skidded away out of danger. The Quakes had the first opportunity of the second half in the 63rd minute when Davis whipped in a free kick from the far right corner that Eddie Robinson and Danny Califf both nearly redirected into the net. Three minutes later, D.C. United almost scored following a fine combination between Jaime Moreno and Gomez in the Quakes penalty area. Gomez ran onto the ball and with only Onstad to beat, launched a high shot wide and to the right from six yards away. D.C. United's final attempt to break the tie saw Moreno send a shot wide and to the left of the goal in the 86th minute as he dribbled near the left corner of the penalty area before unleashing a hard shot.

Misc. Notes

Quakes Streak Hits Seven
San Jose pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games (4-0-3) with its 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday. That streak marks the second longest unbeaten run in club history. The Quakes have not lost since a 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Wizards on May 28. The longest unbeaten streak in team history is 12 games, set in 2001 from April 28 - July 4.

Unstoppable Onstad
Pat Onstad continued his recent strong play as he allowed just one goal against the Columbus Crew on Saturday. Onstad still finds himself third in the league with a 1.06 goals against average and tied for the league lead with seven shutouts. He is also ranked first in save percentage (78.3). He has allowed just seven goals in his past 12 games. Since April 23, Onstad has not allowed an opponent to score at Spartan Stadium for five games and 506 straight minutes at home.

Clark and Moreno Do It Again
Ricardo Clark and Alejandro Moreno combined to set up Brian Mullan for a goal on July 2 against FC Dallas. Against the Crew on Saturday, the pair teamed up again as Moreno and Clark assisted on Ronald Cerritos' game-winning strike. Each player now has two assists on the season.

Cerritos Ties Mulrooney For Record
Forward Ronald Cerritos registered the 53rd assist of his nine-year MLS career when he notched an assist on July 9 against the Crew for his sixth of the season. The Quakes forward has registered 44 assists in his San Jose career, tying former Quakes midfielder Richard Mulrooney for first in club history. 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 moved past John Doyle to have the second-most all-time appearances (135), starts (131) and minutes (11,479) for the San Jose club. The Salvadoran international also scored his 70th career goal against the Crew, tying him for seventh all-time in MLS history.

Comeback Kids
With their comeback win against the Crew on Saturday, the Earthquakes became the first team in MLS this season to win two games after allowing the first goal. The Quakes now have a 2-3-2 record when allowing the first goal in 2005, the top mark in the league.

Tight Games
San Jose has played tight games all season, as 15 of their 17 games have either been decided by one goal or ended in ties. Also, 11 of the 17 games that the Quakes have played in 2005 have entered the halftime break with the teams tied.

On the Road vs. Crew
San Jose finally ended its winless streak at Crew Stadium with their 2-1 victory on Saturday night and the game marked San Jose's first win in Columbus since 1996. The Quakes had posted a 1-11 regular season record in Columbus in team history and the only victory came on July 20, 1996 at Ohio Stadium, a 4-3 win. Since then, San Jose had lost 11 consecutive regular season games in Columbus, including an 0-8-0 record at Crew Stadium.

Robinson Breaks Through
Eddie Robinson got free in the box against the Crew and headed home the tying goal in the 30th minute. The goal was the first of the season for Robinson and his first in MLS since Sept. 20, 2003. He now has four goals in his MLS career, all on set pieces.

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 a club-record 506 minutes. The previous record was 396 minutes, which was set from July 24 - Sept. 8 of 2004. The Quakes have earned shutouts in their last five straight matches at home, setting a new club record. The Quakes previous best shutout streak at Spartan Stadium was four games, set from September 26, 1999 to April 22, 2000.

Davis Earns First Cap
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Brad Davis earned his first cap for the United States on Thursday, July 7 as he started and played 76 minutes for the U.S. in a 4-1 win over Cuba in the team's first match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He did not play in the second game for the U.S., a 2-0 win over Canada on Saturday, July 9. The Americans now face Costa Rica in their final group match of the tournament on Tuesday, July 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The U.S. has advanced as the first or second place finisher in the group, so their quarterfinal match-up would take place July 16 in Foxboro, with the semifinals slated for July 21 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The 2005 Gold Cup Final will also be played at Giants Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for July 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

De Rosario To Play for Canada
Earthquakes midfielder Dwayne De Rosario has started and played 90 minutes for the Canadian National Team in its first two matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada fell 1-0 in the opening match on July 7 to Costa Rica and then lost 2-0 to the United States on July 9. De Rosario wore the captain's armband for the Canadians against the U.S. Canada still has a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals as a third-place team if they can defeat Cuba in its final match of group play on Tuesday, July 12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The MLS 2004 Goal of the Year winner has scored seven goals for Canada in his 32 senior team caps since 1998.

Tough Road Ahead
After playing four out of five matches at home in June, the Quakes are in the midst of a four-game road trip. The Quakes tied Western Conference leader FC Dallas 2-2 on July 2 at the Cotton Ball and went on to defeat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on July 9 for San Jose's first-ever win at Crew Stadium. The Earthquakes will next face D.C. United on July 15 and then travel to Colorado to take on the Rapids on July 20 before returning home to Spartan Stadium for a July 23 game against the MetroStars.

Robinson, Califf Form Tough Duo
Eddie Robinson returned to the lineup on Saturday against the Crew after leaving the previous game due to injury, but Danny Califf sat out due to a red card suspension. The Quakes allowed just one goal and earned a 2-1 win. Not including the FC Dallas game on July 2 when both Califf and Robinson left the game in the first half, Califf and Robinson have been a formidable duo in central defense. With the pair in central defense from May 25 - June 29, the Quakes allowed just two goals in seven straight games, posting five shutouts in that span and a 4-1-2 record.

Shutting Them Down Late
Early in 2005, the Quakes were allowing goals late in the game as two of their first three matches saw the Quakes surrender late goals in the final 15 minutes. However, since a May 21 loss to Los Angeles, the Quakes have not allowed a goal in the last 15 minutes of any game, a stretch of nine straight games.

Equal Distribution
The Quakes lead MLS with 13 goals scored in the first half. The team has also scored an equal number of second half goals, 13.

Hot in July
Ronald Cerritos has scored 14 goals and registered 10 assists in July. Brad Davis' highest scoring month is July, with four goals and two assists.

League Leaders
• Brad Davis still leads MLS with eight assists despite missing the past three games while with the national team.
• Dwayne De Rosario and Ronald Cerritos are tied for fourth with three other MLS players in assists with six.
• Davis and De Rosario are tied for first in MLS with Cobi Jones of the Galaxy with three game-winning assists.
• Pat Onstad ranks third in the league in goals against average with a 1.06 GAA. He is tied for first in MLS with seven shutouts on the season.
• Opponents have fouled forward Alejandro Moreno 54 times this year, placing him for first in the league in fouls suffered. Brian Mullan is fifth in the league with 40 fouls suffered.
• San Jose ranks second in assists in MLS with 33.

Fouls Committed, Fouls Suffered
After 17 games in 2005, San Jose leads MLS in fouls suffered (323) and fouls committed (311). In their season opener against New England on April 2, San Jose set the team record with 30 fouls committed.

Quakes All-Time in July
San Jose's all-time record in July is 18-25-6.

In the Community

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Monday, July 11; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Lovine Club, San Jose, CA
Details: Q, the beloved mascot of the San Jose Earthquakes, will be at the Lovine Club coaching the kids through Sierra Mist MLS Dribble, Pass and Score

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Wednesday, July 13; 10:00 am to Noon
Location: MLS Camps in Burlingame
Details: Q will be at the MLS Camps in Burlingame coaching the kids through Sierra Mist MLS Dribble, Pass and Score

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Wednesday, July 12; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Visitacion Elementary School, Daly City, CA
Details: Q will be at Visitacion Elementary School in Daly City coaching the kids through Sierra Mist MLS Dribble, Pass and Score

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Thursday, July 13; 1:30 pm
Location: Paul Moore Park, San Jose, CA
Details: Q will be at Paul Moore Park in San Jose coaching the kids through Sierra Mist MLS Dribble, Pass and Score

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Friday, July 14; 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location: El Camino YMCA at Bubb Elementary
Details: Q will be at the El Camino YMCA at Bubb Elementary School coaching the kids through Sierra Mist MLS Dribble, Pass and Score

Who: San Jose Earthquakes Mascot, Q
When: Friday, July 14; 7:00 pm
Location: Modesto Nuts
Details: Q will be participating in the Modesto Nuts Mascot Night.

Who: Troy Dayak
When: Sunday, July 17; 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Six Flags Marine World; Vallejo, CA
Details: Troy Dayak will be at Kids Fest at Six Flags Marine World on Sunday, July 17th signing autographs from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

MLS Camps
MLS Camps will be putting on youth soccer camps in eight different areas this week of July 11. MLS Camps will hold camps for the Fairfield/Suisun Youth Soccer League, AYSO Area 35 in Cupertino, Gold Country Youth Soccer League, Windsor Youth Soccer League, AYSO Area 36 in San Mateo, Burlingame, Delta Youth Soccer League, and East Diablo Youth Soccer League.

Earthquakes - United Connections
Quakes forward Ronald Cerritos played for D.C. United for half of the 2003 season and half of the 2004 season...United defender Brandon Prideaux played at the University of Washington with the Earthquakes Wes Hart, Ian Russell and Craig Waibel...United forward Jamil Walker played with the Quakes in 2003 and 2004.

History vs. D.C. United
The Earthquakes beat D.C. United 1-0 in the historic MLS Inaugural Game on April 6, 1996 before 31,683 fans at Spartan Stadium...Ronald Cerritos scored his 50th career goal against D.C. United on July 18, 2001...Jon Conway earned his first MLS win on August 19, 2000 in D.C. with a 1-0 shutout win...Alejandro Moreno scored his first hat trick on May 19, 2004 against D.C. while on the Galaxy, setting an MLS record with five goals on five shots...Pat Onstad broke the San Jose club record of most shutouts in a season when he earned his ninth shutout of the year against D.C. on August 24, 2003...Danny Califf made his MLS debut May 20, 2000 against United while on the Galaxy...Dwayne De Rosario scored the Sierra Mist MLS Goal of the Year against D.C. on August 7, 2004 with a spectacular volley.

Top United Players vs. Quakes
United forward Jaime Moreno has been the top D.C. player against San Jose, scoring seven goals and notching five assists against San Jose...In six games with D.C., Dema Kovalenko has scored one goal against the Quakes, but in his MLS career, he has three goals in 13 games.

Top Quakes Performers vs. United
Mark Chung has had a successful MLS career against D.C., scoring eight goals and recording nine assists in 26 games...Ronald Cerritos has scored five goals and registered three assists in 11 regular season games vs. D.C. while with San Jose and has notched six goals and three assists in 14 career MLS games vs. D.C....Dwayne De Rosario has one goal and three assists in 10 games vs. D.C.

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 51 games after San Jose's 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on June 29, 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 123-124-44.

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 44-0-7 in games when leading at the half, including 8-0-1 in 2003, 7-0-1 in 2004 and 2-0-2 in 2005.

Making The First One Count
The Quakes pulled out a late goal for a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on June 29, continuing their incredible run over the past 62 games when scoring first. Dating back to the 2000 season, the Earthquakes own a 52-3-7 record in their last 62 matches when they score the first goal of the game. In 2005, San Jose remains undefeated at 5-0-3 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.