Francisco Lima and the Earthquakes will host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
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Weekly Update: Rivalry renewed

This Week
Coming off a 2-1 win over D.C. United, the San Jose Earthquakes host the first-place Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 7 p.m. PT. The Quakes will be looking to stretch their unbeaten streak to nine games against the Dynamo. The game will air live on Comcast SportsNet Plus and on tape delay on the radio on KLOK 1170 AM.

Earthquakes vs. Houston All-Time
2008 Season Series: San Jose leads 1-0-0
MLS Regular Season: 1-0-0
Home: 1-0-0
Away: 0-0-0
Shootout (1996-99): 0-0
Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-0
Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 2, Houston - 1

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 9/8/08
Tuesday, Sept. 9 - 10:15 a.m. PT - Training at Santa Clara
Wednesday, Sept. 10 - TBD
Thursday, Sept. 11 - 10:15 a.m. PT - Training at Santa Clara
Friday, Sept. 12 - 10:15 a.m. PT - Training at Santa Clara
Saturday, Sept. 13 - 7:00 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo live on Comcast SportsNet Plus and on tape delay on KLOK 1170 AM.
Sunday, Sept. 14 - Off

Injury Report Out - Ramiro Corrales (L - MCL sprain); Gavin Glinton (R - adductor release surgery);

Last Match
Earthquakes 2, D.C. United 1; Sept. 6, 2008; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
The San Jose Earthquakes stretched their current unbeaten run to eight games and climbed up to fourth place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win against D.C. United at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night. Goals by Arturo Alvarez and Darren Huckerby were the difference for San Jose, who withstood a late D.C. goal by Santino Quaranta to hang on for the victory. As they've done throughout their unbeaten run, San Jose attacked from wide positions, with Ronnie O'Brien and Darren Huckerby constantly testing the D.C. defense. In the 11th minute, Ronnie O'Brien split two United defenders to break in alone from the right side, but his shot from 15 yards out was saved by Louis Crayton. The Earthquakes managed to keep the rebound in play, but then Arturo Alvarez's blast from 20 yards went wide left. Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop made no changes to his team that knocked off Kansas City last weekend, and after 18 minutes, he saw his side break through. Huckerby stole the ball from Gonzalo Martinez in midfield and broke in from the left side. His centering pass found a wide open Alvarez, who easily beat Crayton from 12 yards out to put the Earthquakes in the lead. San Jose kept up the pressure. Scott Sealy stole the ball in midfield and fired a shot from the top of the arc in the 40th minute that forced a Crayton save. Just before the halftime whistle, it was O'Brien slipping the ball through to Huckerby up the middle, but he missed wide left with his shot from 15 yards. The second half started like the first half ended, with San Jose threatening to score. In the 50th minute, an O'Brien free kick fed Francisco Lima at the top of the box, but his shot missed wide left from 20 yards out. In the 51st minute, it was Sealy with a free kick from the left top corner of the penalty area, but his attempt was just inches over the crossbar. Huckerby finally put San Jose up 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Eric Denton started the play by finding Sealy down the left side. Sealy centered it for Huckerby, whose shot from 15 yards beat Crayton inside the left post. When D.C. pulled Gallardo in the 75th minute, it looked like the Quakes could easily ride out the final minutes, but United pulled a goal back on fine individual effort by Quaranta just seconds later. Taking a pass from Dyachenko, Quaranta dribbled around a pair San Jose defenders at the top of the box and beat Joe Cannon from 18 yards out with a left-footed blast. United then pushed forward in search of an equalizer, but the Earthquakes stood firm, counterattacking through Huckerby and O'Brien to effectively close out the match.

Last Match vs. Houston
Earthquakes 2, Houston 1; May 22, 2008; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the two-time defending MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo 2-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium. Forward Kei Kamara and midfielder Ivan Guerrero scored the Earthquakes two goals while Houston forward Brian Ching scored his team's only goal. Forward Ryan Johnson got his second career MLS start in place of Joe Vide. Defender Nick Garcia also returned to the lineup at the expense of James Riley. When the game settled down, it was San Jose who created the better openings with Johnson in the middle of the Quakes' best attacks. Kamara latched on to Guerrero's cross in the 16th minute and touched the ball back to Ramiro Corrales. But his subsequent shot was palmed away by Houston goalkeeper Pat Onstad. Houston defender Bobby Boswell gifted the Quakes an opportunity in the 25th minute, stumbling over the ball and allowing Johnson to steal. The San Jose forward attempted to curl the ball high around Onstad from 20 yards, but the Dynamo 'keeper touched the effort over the bar. In the 33rd minute, Johnson once again found space on the left wing, but his perfectly weighted cross was nodded goalward by Kamara then deflected off the post by Guerrero. Johnson then had another chance a minute later, but his thunderous shot struck Houston's Dwayne De Rosario in the face and went out for a corner kick. In the second half, a deflected cross from Ronnie O'Brien was flicked over his head by Ned Grabavoy, finding Kamara deep in the box. His quick shot on the turn not only beat Patrick Ianni, but Onstad as well, giving the Quakes a 1-0 lead. Houston nearly hit straight back, with substitute Kyle Brown latching onto a long ball and seemingly having a clear look at goal. But a desperate tackle from San Jose defender Ryan Cochrane took the sting out of Brown's shot, allowing Cannon to make the save in the 81st minute. On the counter, Guerrero played Johnson through on the right side of the box, and while Onstad did well to parry his blast, Guerrero was on hand to slot home the rebound, doubling San Jose's lead. The goal proved invaluable as Ching volleyed home a cross from substitute Brad Davis in the 88th minute. And nerves were put further on edge when the Hawaiian's deflected header from an Ianni cross went narrowly wide two minutes into stoppage time. But San Jose was able to see out the remainder of the match, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Misc. Notes

Quakes in the Community

Who: Shea Salinas
Location: Mexican American Community Services Agency
Date: Monday, September 8
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Details: Shea will speak to local children in the after-school program and sign autographs.

Who: Jay Ayres, Jason Hernandez, Eric Denton
Location: Lucille Packard Children's Hospital
Date: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Details: Jay, Jason and Eric will visit with children at Lucille Packard.

Who: Kelly Gray and Scott Sealy
Location: FC Fremont Soccer Club
Date: Wednesday, September 10
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Details: Kelly and Scott will sign autographs for youth soccer players with FC Fremont.

Sept. 13 Postgame Party
Following the game on September 13th come down to the Britannia Arms in Downtown San Jose for a very special event. Beginning at 10 p.m., Earthquakes players will serve as celebrity guest bartenders. All tips from the night will benefit the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund. Join us September 13th for this very special event. The Britannia Arms is the official post game bar of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Habana Cuba Fundraising Nights
The San Jose Earthquakes have teamed up with Habana Cuba this fall to provide good food for a good cause! Fans that bring in an Earthquakes ticket stub or mention the special Earthquakes Night will have 15 percent of their purchase donated to the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund. The special Earthquakes nights will take place on Sept. 11, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. Habana Cuba is located at 238 Race Street in San Jose.

Unbeaten in Eight
The Earthquakes are now unbeaten in their past eight MLS matches after defeating D.C. United 2-1, posting four wins and four ties in that stretch. It is the third-longest unbeaten streak in team history. The team posted a 14-game unbeaten run from July 20-Oct. 15, 2005 and a 12-game unbeaten run from April 28-July 4, 2001. The streak is the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this season and the second longest ever by an expansion team. The Chicago Fire had an 11-game unbeaten run as an expansion team in 1998.

Expansion Watch
Including the San Jose Earthquakes, four expansion teams have entered the league since the 2005. In 2005, Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake earned four and five wins, respectively, while Chivas picked up 18 points and RSL 20 points. Last season, Toronto FC had six wins and 25 points for the entire season. After defeating D.C. Unted 2-1 Saturday night, the Earthquakes earned their seventh win of the season. The win also gave them 28 points for the season with seven matches remaining. The Quakes have now moved past Toronto as the winningest expansion team of this decade in MLS.

Home Dominance
After a slow start at home this season, the Earthquakes have become dominant at home, especially at Buck Shaw Stadium. After earning two losses and a tie at home to start the season, San Jose has posted a 5-1-2 record at home in the past eight games. They are now 4-1-3 at Buck Shaw Stadium this year. The team has won four straight matches at home beginning Aug. 3 against the Los Angeles Galaxy. They have outscored their opponents 11-4 in those games.

Déjà vu
Against Kansas City on Aug. 30, Arturo Alvarez scored in the first half and Darren Huckerby scored the game-winner in the second half in a 2-1 win. Last Saturday night against D.C. United, the pair renewed their roles with Alvarez netting a first-half goal and Huckerby scoring the winner in the second half in a 2-1 win.

Huckerby's Impact
Quakes midfielder Darren Huckerby has made an immediate impact for San Jose this season. The former Norwich City star has scored four goals and notched four assists in seven games for the Quakes since signing on July 14. He scored the winning goals on both Aug. 30 vs. Kansas City and Sept. 6 vs. D.C. United and is now tied for the team lead in goals.

Alvarez Hot
Arturo Alvarez scored for the second straight game Sept. 6 against D.C. United. He has now scored three goals for San Jose since arriving in a trade from FC Dallas prior to the Quakes match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 3. For the season he has a career-high six goals.

Defense Rules
The Earthquakes have allowed only 27 goals this season after allowing one goal against D.C. United Saturday night. That total places them tied for second in the league in goals allowed. Only the Chicago Fire has allowed fewer goals this season (18).

Unbeaten With New Arrivals
The Earthquakes added Darren Huckerby, Francisco Lima and Scott Sealy prior to the team's match against Toronto FC on July 19. Since their arrival, the Quakes are unbeaten in seven matches with a 4-0-3 record. The team has tied Toronto FC (July 19), the New York Red Bulls (July 27) and Chivas USA (Aug. 23) and earned wins over the Los Angeles Galaxy (Aug. 3), New Revolution (Aug. 16), Kansas City Wizards (Aug. 30) and D.C. United (Sept. 6). Also, since the arrival of Arturo Alvarez, another recent acquisition, the Quakes are 4-0-1.

Quakes to Participate in Light the Night Walk
The Earthquakes have partnered with their supporter's group, Club Quake, and the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation to participate in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk on Saturday, Oct. 4 in Palo Alto. Earthquakes players, members of the team's front office, along with Earthquakes fans will walk in the event that raises funds and awareness for blood cancers. On Oct. 4, the Light The Night Walk festivities at Palo Alto High School will begin at 5 p.m. PT, with the walk starting at 7 p.m.

Hobee's Restaurants
The San Jose Earthquakes have teamed up with participating Hobee's Restaurants to support the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund. When attending the Palo Alto, Stanford, Campbell, and Sunnyvale Hobee's Restaurant locations for dinner (after 5 p.m. PT) on Sept 26, 20 percent of diners' total bills will be donated to the Quakes Community Fund if diners mention the San Jose Earthquakes to their server. All proceeds from this promotion will be added to the Earthquakes Community Fund, which was established for the purpose of growing soccer at the grassroots level in Northern California and to provide underprivileged youth with the opportunity to attend Earthquakes matches. For more information about Hobee's and for directions to participating locations, log on to hobees.com.

O'Brien Sixth in League in Corner Kicks
Ronnie O'Brien now has taken 55 corner kicks this year, placing him sixth in the league this season in corner kicks.

Corrales in Record Books
Ramiro Corrales started and played 14 minutes Aug. 23 against Chivas USA to record his 126th start and 11,266 minutes as a member of the Quakes. He is now sixth all-time in club history in starts and minutes. Next on the list for minutes played for the Quakes is goalkeeper Joe Cannon with 11,331 minutes and general manager John Doyle (1996-2000), who recorded 11,385 minutes and started 129 games. With 142 appearances, Corrales is now tied for third on the all-time appearances list. He is tied with Wade Barrett (1998-2002, 2005), who has made 142 appearances.

Cannon in Quakes Record Books
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon played 90 minutes Sept. 6 against D.C. United to record his 124th career game as a member of the Earthquakes. He is eighth on the all-time list. Cannon has also recorded 11,331 minutes. He is currently ranked fifth on the all-time list. With 124 starts, he is sixth all-time in team history.

Earthquakes - Dynamo Connections
Eleven members of the Houston Dynamo were a part of the 2005 San Jose Earthquakes and 12 members of the team have San Jose ties. The former Quakes players currently on the Dynamo are listed below. Richard Mulrooney is the only player below that was not a member of the 2005 Earthquakes. He left the team following the 2004 season.

• Dominic Kinnear (Player: 1997; Assistant Coach: 2001-03; Head Coach: 2004-05) - With San Jose as a player: 28 GP, 2 goals, 2 assists; Coaching record: 27 wins, 14 losses, 21 ties
• Wade Barrett (1998-2002, 2005) - With San Jose: 142 GP, 6 goals, 24 assists
• Richard Mulrooney (1999-2004) - With San Jose: 163 GP, 4 goals, 44 assists Mulrooney holds San Jose career records for appearances (163), games started (155), minutes played (14,204 minutes) and corner kicks (456)
• Brian Ching (2003-05) - With San Jose: 56 GP, 25 goals, 11 assists
• Ricardo Clark (2005) - With San Jose: 30 GP, 3 goals, 2 assists
• Brad Davis (2005) - With San Jose: 18 GP, 2 goals, 8 assists
• Dwayne De Rosario (2001-05) - With San Jose: 108 GP, 27 goals, 31 assists
• Brian Mullan (2003-05) - With San Jose: 83 GP, 12 goals, 23 assists
• Pat Onstad (2003-05) - With San Jose: 84 GP, 306 SV, 92 GA, 1.08 GAA
• Eddie Robinson (2001-05) - With San Jose: 70 GP, 4 goals, 3 assists
• Craig Waibel (2003-05) - With San Jose: 53 GP, 1 goal, 4 assists
• Chris Wondolowski (2005) - With San Jose: 2 GP

Kamara Comes Back to Buck Shaw
Former Quakes forward Kei Kamara returns to Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday to face his former teammates. Kamara played 12 games for San Jose this season and scored two goals, before being traded to the Houston Dynamo on July 24 in exchange for allocation money. One of his goals for San Jose came against Houston on May 22 at Buck Shaw Stadium, a 2-1 Quakes victory.

Cochrane, Gray See Familiar Faces
Ryan Cochrane and Kelly Gray will face their former team this weekend. Cochrane spent two years with the Houston Dynamo in 2006 and 2007, helping the Dynamo win two MLS Cups. He was then selected by the Quakes in the first round of the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft. Gray spent a season and a half with the Dynamo in 2006 and 2007. He helped Houston capture the 2006 MLS Cup before being traded to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

Cannon Among League Leaders
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon has not missed a minute this season, tying him for first in the league with 2,070 minutes played. He is ranked third in goals against average with a 1.17 mark and is fourth in saves with 91. He is second in shutouts with eight, two behind Chicago's Jon Busch, who has 10.

Approaching Milestones
Ryan Cochrane played the 98th game in his MLS career against Los Angeles Aug. 3 ... Ramiro Corrales played his 199th career game in MLS versus Chivas USA Aug. 23 ... Joe Cannon passed Scott Garlick for third all-time in MLS history in games played in goal with 238 against Kansas City on Aug. 30.

Quakes in Long Home Stretch
The Earthquakes have seven games remaining this season and four of those matches will be at home. The team is also in the middle of a stretch of six out of eight at home.

Cannon Among the All-Time Leaders
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon is among the all-time league leaders in Major League Soccer history in a number of goalkeeping categories. He is currently third all-time in MLS in appearances (239), third in minutes (21,525), fourth all-time in saves (993), second all-time in shutouts (64), fifth all-time in wins (91) and tied for seventh all-time in goals against average (1.29). For San Jose goalkeepers, Cannon is first in club history in appearances (124), first in minutes played (11,331), first in saves (525), first in wins (53), first in shutouts (34) and second in goals against average (1.24) and saves percentage (74.8). He also holds the team's all-time record for saves in a game with 12 on July 8, 2000 at Colorado.

Cannon Moves into Second in All-Time Shutouts
Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon passed Tony Meola for second in all-time shutouts in MLS history by shutting out the Revolution on Aug. 16. Cannon achieved 63 shutouts in 236 games. Kansas City Wizards goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is the league's all-time shutout record holder with 74.

Quakes in September
San Jose is 23-20-2 all-time in September in MLS play and 1-0-0 in 2008 in September.

Quakes Above .500
The Earthquakes all-time MLS record is above the .500 mark. The Quakes all-time regular season MLS record is 141-134-54. They had the third-best regular season record in MLS history at the conclusion of the 2005 season at 134-125-47.

Making the First One Count
The Quakes scored first Sept. 6 against D.C. United and earned a 2-1 win. The Earthquakes now own a 68-4-10 record in their last 82 matches when they score the first goal of the game. They are 7-1-1 this season when scoring first. They lost to Columbus 3-2 on May 10 after scoring first. In 2005, San Jose went undefeated at 14-0-5 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.

Scoring First Under Yallop
During Frank Yallop's first tenure with San Jose, the Earthquakes were one of the best teams in the league when scoring the first goal. The team went 36-2-1 from 2001-03 when scoring the first goal of the game. 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. Yallop's team is now 7-1-1 in 2008 when scoring first following San Jose's 2-1 win over D.C. United on Sept. 6.

Halftime Success
The Earthquakes remain amongst the best in league history in holding onto a half-time lead after defeating D.C. United on Sept. 6. Since the beginning of the 2000 season, the Earthquakes are now 53-1-8 in games when leading at the half, including 8-0-1 in 2003, 7-0-1 in 2004 and 7-0-3 in 2005. Despite holding a halftime lead on May 10 vs. Columbus, the Quakes fell 3-2. That game marked the team's first loss since 1999 when holding a halftime lead.

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