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April 8, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes

THIS WEEK

The San Jose Earthquakes hit the road this weekend to play the Portland Timbers on Sunday, April 14 at JELD-WEN Field. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT on NBC Sports, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose's Record in April

The Quakes are 24-26-15 all-time in April in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1; April 6, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Chris Wondolowski scored his third goal of the season as the Earthquakes drew 1-1 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in front of a sellout crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. San Jose found the scoreboard first, finally breaking through in the 18th minute after a series of dangerous chances to open the game. Wondolowski stole the ball in Vancouver's defensive third before Shea Salinas found Alan Gordon at the top of the box. Gordon deftly chipped a pass to Wondo on the run and the reigning Volkswagen MLS MVP buried his shot in the top shelf at the near post. Vancouver would find an equalizer from Corey Hertzog in the 62nd minute. San Jose was playing down two men with Alan Gordon and Victor Bernardez waiting to be waived back to the field after switching cleats when Daigo Kobayashi's shot was deflected to the feet of Hertzog. The striker took a touch and then finished for the game's final goal. Among the other highlights for San Jose was the return of forward Steven Lenhart. The fan favorite received a standing ovation when he entered the game in the 69th minute for Ramiro Corrales.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 0-1-4

Home: 0-0-2 (3 GF, 3 GA)

Away: 0-1-2 (3 GF, 5 GA)

Playoffs: 0-0-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 6, Portland - 7

Portland Timbers Scouting Report

The Portland Timbers (1-1-3, 6 pts.) are coming off a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo at JELD-WEN Field. Former Earthquakes forward Ryan Johnson scored a brace in that match to lead Portland to their first win of 2013. The win was also head coach Caleb Porter's first in MLS. The first-year Portland coach spent his previous seven years with Akron where he led the Zips to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a national title in 2010. Portland has scored in each of its first five matches with their nine total goals the second-largest haul in the league. Johnson leads the squad with three tallies and Will Johnson is next with a pair. Diego Chara tops their charts with two assists. Designated Player Diego Valeri has just one goal, but has had his looks as well with a team-high 19 shots.

Last Game vs. Portland Timbers

Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 1; Oct. 28, 2012; JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.

Chris Wondolowski wrote his name in the Major League Soccer record book with his 27th goal in the San Jose Earthquakes' 1-1 tie against the Portland Timbers. Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter, who set the record in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, for most goals scored in a single MLS season. Wondolowski tied the record on a 24th minute penalty kick following a foul by Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts on Steven Lenhart. Lenhart latched onto a ball over the top and maneuvered around Ricketts and into the box. Ricketts lunged for the ball and was whistled for a foul, sending Wondolowski to the spot. He buried the penalty kick to the lower left corner to equal Lassiter's record and etch his name in the record book. Wondolowski had a golden chance to break the record in the 66th minute on a back post header. Shea Salinas found the Danville native with a pinpoint cross, but Wondolowski's header went just wide of the post. Bright Dike scored the equalizer for the Timbers in the 67th minute after a turnover just outside the Quakes penalty box. Dike recovered the loose ball and fired a low shot, but Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch made a diving save. However, the rebound fell directly to Dike, and he made no mistake with the second chance, slotting it past Busch for a 1-1 tie.

History of the Quakes - Portland Timbers Rivalry

The Earthquakes and Timbers rivalry dates back to when the teams played in the North American Soccer League ... The squads faced off for the first time as members of the NASL in 1975 in San Jose and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-1 with Ilija Mitic scoring both goals for the Quakes ... The Timbers evened the series with a 2-1 home victory towards the end of the '75 season ... In 1976 the teams only met once and Portland got the better of the Earthquakes in a 1-0 victory in San Jose ... The Earthquakes swept the 1977 season series with a 3-2 victory at home and 2-1 win in Portland ... The Timbers came back in 1978 and outscored the Earthquakes 8-2 in two wins on their way to the NASL National Conference Final, where they lost to the New York Cosmos ... The teams split the 1979 series with Portland winning 4-3 in San Jose and the Earthquakes winning 2-1 in Portland ...In 1980 the Earthquakes dropped both games to the Timbers, losing each match by just one goal ... The Timbers got the best of the Earthquakes in 1981 as well, sweeping the season series by finals of 3-0 and 2-1 ... 1982 was the last NASL series between the two teams ... The Earthquakes won the first game 1-0 in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 1-0 when they traveled to San Jose ... The two sides played again in a 2001 exhibition in Portland and the Timbers were victorious 2-1 ... The next meeting came in 2004 during the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes won 3-0 ... In 2005 the sides met again in the U.S. Open Cup and the Earthquakes were victorious 2-0 ... The Earthquakes topped Portland in U.S. Open Cup Qualifying 1-0 on May 3, 2011 with Ike Opara scoring the game winner in the 120th minute ... The Earthquakes and Timbers battled to a pair of 1-1 draws in 2011 ... Portland got the better of San Jose 2-1 at JELD-WEN Field in the two team's first meeting of 2012, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Earthquakes ... Chris Wondolowski came off the bench to score a pair of second-half goals and rally San Jose from a two-goal deficit in a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sept. 19 ... The Earthquakes and Timbers closed out the 2012 regular season with a 1-1 draw on Oct. 27. Chris Wondolowski tied Roy Lassiter's single-season mark of 27 goals with a penalty kick in the 24th minute.

Earthquakes - Portland Timbers Connections

San Jose defender Justin Morrow attended Notre Dame with Portland forward Bright Dike from 2007-09 ... Timbers Donovan Ricketts played with Quakes forward Alan Gordon for the LA Galaxy in 2009 and 2010 ... Timbers forward Ryan Johnson played with the Earthquakes from 2008-11 ... Earthquakes defenders Nana Attakora (2010-11), Dan Gargan (2010-11), Ty Harden (2010-12) and forward Alan Gordon (2011) played with Timbers goalkeeper Milos Kovic (2010-12) for Toronto FC ... Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played with Timbers forward Ryan Johnson for Real Salt Lake in 2006 ... Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas played with Timbers midfielder Michael Nanchoff for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 ... Portland head coach Caleb Porter was originally drafted by San Jose in the third round (No. 27 overall) of the 1998 MLS SuperDraft ... Porter appeared in four matches with the Clash in 1999, his only season with the club.

Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Portland Timbers

Forward Chris Wondolowski has three goals in five appearances ... Forward Alan Gordon has two goals and one assist in five appearances ... Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 0-0-4 in his four games vs. Portland.

Portland Timbers All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes

Midfielder Jack Jewsbury has two goals and one assist in 14 appearances ... Defender Michael Harrington has two assists in five appearances ... Goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is 1-2-3 with one shutout and 29 saves in seven appearances.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

UFC Fighters Rockhold, Cormier Kick Ceremonial First Goal

UFC fighters Luke Rockhold and Daniel Cormier participated in the club's ceremonial "First Goal" before kickoff at Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Cormier slotted his in off the crossbar, but Rockhold's shot was a bit off its mark, dropping Earthquakes mascot "Q" for the count (video: http://youtu.be/KmF9EsCP384). The two fighters also had a shooting contest during halftime with each attempting shots from the top of the box. Rockhold netted three to Cormier's four, earning a $1,300 donation from Cormier and the Earthquakes Community Fund to Northside High School's (Lafayette, La.) wrestling team.

Earthquakes Sign Bay Area Native Alexandre Gonzalez Emerson

The Earthquakes signed San Jose native Alexandre Gonzalez Emerson last week. Gonzalez, 21, was born in San Jose but moved to Mexico at age 12 to join the Necaxa club team. At 14, he was a full member of their academy squad. The crafty striker worked his way to the first team in 2012, but opted instead to pursue a roster spot with the Earthquakes. He suited up for San Jose during the 2013 preseason, scoring a pair of goals in the club's first game, a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Jan. 29 in Tucson, Ariz.

Lenhart Returns to Action

Steven Lenhart saw his first action of the season in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The striker received a standing ovation when he subbed on for Ramiro Corrales in the 69th minute. He missed the club's first five games while recovering from offseason knee surgery. His last appearance came in the Earthquakes' final MLS Cup Playoff game against the LA Galaxy on Nov. 7, 2012 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Wondolowski Tallies Again

Chris Wondolowski upped his 2013 goal count to three with an 18th-minute strike in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. The goal was his seventh in San Jose's last five games against Whitecaps FC.

Gordon, Salinas Earn First Assists of 2013

Alan Gordon and Shea Salinas earned their first assists of 2013 with Chris Wondolowski's 18th-minute strike in a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. Both players had seven assists in 2012, tying a career high for Gordon and setting a new mark for Salinas.

Gordon Makes First Start of 2013

Alan Gordon made his 2013 starting XI debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium. He had 13 goals and seven assists in 23 games, including 13 starts, last year for San Jose.

Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge

The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, benefiting The Health Trust of Silicon Valley and the San Jose Earthquakes Community Fund, on Sunday, Aug. 18. More information and a registration link are available at www.quakeschallenge.com. The 5K/10K Challenge begins at 8 a.m. with three options for runners of all ages. The club is offering an Early Bird Registration Special of $45 for the 10K, $30 for the 5K, and $20 for the Kids Fun Run (ages 12 and under). Prices will go up starting June 1 so fans are encouraged to sign up early. All participants receive a race t-shirt and access to a post-race celebration. The event will feature a new course this year, taking participants from the Earthquakes' current venue at Santa Clara University, past the construction at the site of the club's new stadium on Coleman Ave. in San Jose and back to Buck Shaw Stadium. The event is co-produced by Threshold Racing and Firstwave Events, the same companies that organize the San Jose Turkey Trot, Santa Cruz Half Marathon, and the San Jose Metro Triathlon.

T-Mobile 4G Power Zone Back for 2013

The Earthquakes announced last week that they have teamed with T-Mobile for the second year in a row to create the "T-Mobile 4G Power Zone" at all home games for the 2013 season. The promotion will give fans the opportunity to purchase great seats for only $17 - a discount of $10 off the day-of-game price, the most affordable Earthquakes tickets available to the public. Through the agreement, T-Mobile has rebranded the Corner Flag Section 107 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara as the "T-Mobile 4G Power Zone." For more information, visit www.sjearthquakes.com/tickets.

Quakes President Dave Kaval's Office Hours

Earthquakes President Dave Kaval's office hours will continue in 2013. Fans can drop by his office at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 201 in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesdays between 3 and 5 p.m. PT. Participants will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to read his blog, Kaval's Kickoff, exclusively at www.sjearthquakes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @QuakesPrez.

Season Tickets on Sale/Priority for New Stadium

Season tickets for the 2013 season at Buck Shaw Stadium are still available. By purchasing season tickets for the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium, fans can enter the queue for priority seating for the Earthquakes New Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently selecting their seats for the New Stadium. To purchase season tickets or for more information, please contact the Earthquakes headquarters at 408-556-7700.

Stanford Stadium Tickets Now on Sale

Ticket sales for the Quakes match at Stanford on June 29 against the LA Galaxy, presented by XFINITY, have started quickly with 25,000 tickets already sold following the first month of sales. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club's headquarters at 408-556-7700. Last year's match drew a capacity crowd of 50,391 for a 4-3 Earthquakes win against the Galaxy.

Wells Fargo Goals for Education

Wells Fargo has again pledged to donate $250 for each goal the Earthquakes score in 2013 through the Goals for Education program. The club has raised $1,250 so far this season thanks to five goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.

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