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May 6, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes

THIS WEEK

The San Jose Earthquakes will play a pair this week starting with Toronto FC on Wednesday, May 8 at Buck Shaw Stadium. That match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF. Next up is a trip to the Pacific Northwest to take on Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Kickoff in Seattle is 1 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet California, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose's Record in May

The Quakes are 29-29-16 all-time in May in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 2, Montreal Impact 2; May 4, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Earthquakes rallied from a two-goal deficit to draw the Eastern Conference-leading Montreal Impact 2-2. San Jose out-shot the Impact 16-6 and had a 14-1 advantage in corner kicks, but had to settle for a tie with the top team in the East. Midfielder Sam Cronin sparked the comeback with an assist and a stoppage-time equalizer, his first goal of the season and second of his four-year career with the Earthquakes. The Earthquakes controlled the early tempo of the game, but found themselves behind when Impact midfielder Justin Mapp unloaded from 35 yards out in the 34th minute for his first goal of the season. The veteran winger would connect again just two minutes into the second half, getting on the other end of a cross from forward Andrew Wenger for an easy tap-in at the far post. Rookie forward Adam Jahn pulled one back in the 59th with his third goal of the season. Marvin Chavez located Chris Wondolowski at the top of the box, sliding a pass that was quickly redirected to the feet of Cronin. The center mid calmly took a touch and then slipped a through ball on the run to Jahn, who trapped and buried his shot toward the far post. The Earthquakes waited until stoppage time to find their game-tying goal. Walter Martinez sent a ball into the mix that found Wondolowski open with his back to the goal. Wondolowski headed a pass back to Cronin near the edge of the area where the former Wake Forest product took a touch and fired through traffic and past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Troy Perkins to tie the game.

TORONTO FC INFO

Earthquakes vs. Toronto FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 3-2-4

Home: 1-2-1 (5 GF, 7 GA)

Away: 2-0-3 (8 GF, 4 GA)

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

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 13, Toronto FC - 11

Toronto FC Scouting Report

Toronto FC (1-4-4, 7 pts.) enters Buck Shaw Stadium ninth in the Eastern Conference. They are riding a two-game losing streak after dropping one-goal results against the New York Red Bulls and Colorado Rapids. Zambian striker Robert Earnshaw has been the most dangerous player on the squad with five goals, second-most in MLS. The squad also features recent Designated Player signing Matias Laba, a 21-year-old Argentine holding midfielder who previously suited up for Argentinos Juniors. Laba has also captained Argentina's U-20 squad.

Last Game vs. Toronto FC

Earthquakes 3, Toronto FC 0; March 24, 2012; BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario

Chris Wondolowski continued his dominance north of the border, scoring twice for the San Jose Earthquakes in a 3-0 win against Toronto FC. Shea Salinas accounted for the remaining goal and Jon Busch kept his second clean sheet of the season as San Jose improved to 2-1-0. Wondolowski struck in the ninth and 68th minutes to record his second multi-goal game against Toronto in three years. His last was a hat trick in a 3-2 win at BMO Field on Sept. 25, 2010. Wondolowski also scored in San Jose's 1-1 draw in Toronto on Aug. 27, 2011, giving the striker six Ontarian goals in three years, a career-high for the Danville native against any other MLS club. The win upped San Jose's record to 2-0-4 all time at BMO Field. The scoring got underway early in the ninth minute as Wondolowski headed home a cross in from Sam Cronin. The former Toronto FC midfielder completed a give-and-go with Marvin Chavez on the near sideline then swung his cross to the far post and an unmarked Wondolowski. Salinas doubled San Jose's lead in the 57th minute, finishing past Toronto FC goalkeeper Milos Kocic with a low shot targeted at the near post. Chavez took the assist after finding Salinas with a cross from just inside the area. San Jose capped the scoring in the 68th minute with Wondolowski doubling his haul on a close-range finish thanks to a cross in from Rafael Baca.

History of the Quakes - Toronto FC Rivalry

The two teams tied 0-0 on July 19, 2008, at Toronto's BMO Field in the debut of former Quakes star Darren Huckerby ... San Jose produced a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2008, in the regular-season finale for both teams ... Toronto FC posted a 3-1 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 11, 2009 ...The Quakes earned a 1-1 road draw on Oct. 10, 2009, thanks to a stoppage-time equalizer by Cornell Glen ... Toronto FC defeated the Earthquakes 3-1 again at Buck Shaw Stadium on May 29, 2010, though the Quakes returned the favor at BMO Field on Sept. 25 with a 3-2 decision as Chris Wondolowski registered all three goals ... Both meetings in 2011 ended in 1-1 deadlocks ... San Jose's Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon, then with Toronto FC but now with the Quakes, accounted for the scoring at Buck Shaw on April 9 ... At BMO Field on Aug. 27, Eric Avila's 32nd-minute goal was cancelled out by Wondolowski's late equalizer in the 87th minute ... Wondolowski continued his dominance north of the border when the Quakes beat Toronto FC 3-0 on March 24, 2012, scoring two of San Jose's three goals in the process.

Earthquakes-Toronto FC Connections

Toronto FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2007 season, with the San Jose Earthquakes rejoining the league a season later in 2008 after a two-year absence ... On July 14, 2011, the Earthquakes acquired defender Nana Attakora, forward Alan Gordon and midfielder Jacob Peterson from Toronto FC in exchange for forward Ryan Johnson, allocation money, and an international player slot (Peterson - Sporting KC - is no longer with the Quakes) ... Attakora was born in North York, Toronto, and played on TFC from 2007-11 ... Gordon's only season in Toronto was 2011, when he played eight games before being traded to the Quakes ... San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin was selected by Toronto FC with the second overall pick of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, and started 30 of 33 games played with TFC before being traded to the Earthquakes for allocation money on June 21, 2010 ... Cronin scored his first MLS goal (6/13/2009 vs. NY) as a member of TFC, adding five assists in 30 career starts with the club... Quakes midfielder Sam Garza and defender Peter McGlynn played with TFC midfielder Luis Silva at UC Santa Barbara during the 2010 and 2011 seasons ... Silva (No. 4) and Garza (No. 6) accounted for two of the top six picks during the 2012 MLS SuperDraft ... Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham played at Cal with Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei and forward Andrew Wiedeman in 2008 ... Earthquakes defender Ty Harden made 39 starts for Toronto FC between 2010 and 2012 before signing with San Jose on Jan. 25, 2013 ... Toronto FC midfielder John Bostock originally joined San Jose on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in February, but ultimately joined the Canadian side several weeks later ... TFC defender Danny Califf made 20 starts for the Quakes in 2004, tallying two goals ... San Jose defender Rafael Baca and TFC midfielder Luis Silva were both born in Mexico, and played collegiately in Southern California ... Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen (1999-00) and Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn (2009-12) both played at Stanford.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Toronto FC

Forward Chris Wondolowski has six goals and one assist in his last five games ... Midfielder Marvin Chavez has two assists in four games ... Midfielder Sam Cronin has two assists in three games ... Forward Alan Gordon has one goal and two assists in seven games ... Midfielder Shea Salinas has scored two of his five career goals in his five appearances against Toronto FC ... Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 4-1-3 with two shutouts in eight career appearances.

Toronto FC Leaders vs. San Jose

Forward Justin Braun has four goals and one assist in eight appearances as a member of Chivas USA ... Defender Danny Califf has appeared in 21 games with one assist ... Goalkeeper Joe Bendik is 0-0-1 in his lone appearance against the Earthquakes.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC INFO

Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 6-4-1

Home: 3-1-1 (9 GF, 4 GA)

Away: 3-3-0 (6 GF, 7 GA)

Shootout (1996-99): NA; Overtime (2000-03): NA; Playoffs: 0-0-0;

US Open Cup: 0-1-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 15, Seattle Sounders FC - 12

Seattle Sounders FC Scouting Report

Seattle Sounders FC (1-3-3, 6 pts.) got off to a sluggish start after reaching the MLS Cup Semifinals one year ago, but they did finish April unbeaten in MLS play. That stretch included a scoreless draw against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field, a 1-0 road win against Colorado and a 2-2 draw against the Union in Philadelphia. Eddie Johnson leads the squad with two of their five goals on the year. The US National Team striker was sixth in MLS last season with 14 goals. Sounders FC also features a trio of Designated Players in Argentine playmaker Mauro Rosales, Grenadian midfielder Shalrie Joseph and Nigerian forward Obafemi Martins.

Last Game vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders FC 0; March 23, 2013; Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The Earthquakes made it four in a row against Seattle Sounders FC with a 1-0 win in front of a sold out crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium. Chris Wondolowski supplied the firepower for the Earthquakes with a first-half stoppage-time goal. San Jose is unbeaten in its last three since dropping their season opener on March 3 and has defeated Seattle in four consecutive meetings dating back to last season. The Earthquakes are known for their second-half stoppage-time goals, but it was extra time in the first half the provided the game's key moment. Goalkeeper Jon Busch started the scoring play with a drop kick from his box near the end of the 45th minute. Rookie Adam Jahn won the ensuing header, flicking the ball toward the box. Wondolowski was next, snaring the ball with a deft touch to set up a booming right-footed shot from the top of the box, beating Sounders FC goalkeeper Michael Gspurning at the far post. The Earthquakes had several quality looks at goal in the second half, forcing Gspurning into four saves. That clip included a trio of diving stops, a pair on Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas and another on a point-blank shot from defender Ty Harden off a corner kick. Busch and the Earthquakes picked up their first clean sheet of the season. The veteran goalkeeper made four saves on the night, the biggest of which came on a sequence in the 75th minute. Busch first dove to his right to stop a Mauro Rosales shot destined for the net and then blocked David Estrada's follow-up attempt, preserving San Jose's 1-0 lead.

History of the Quakes-Seattle Sounders FC Rivalry

The teams first met in regular season play in 2009 when the Sounders joined MLS ... San Jose won all three meetings in the 2012 regular season, including two wins at CenturyLink Field in Seattle ... Chris Wondolowski scored the winner in a 1-0 win on March 31 in Seattle on a penalty kick, following a foul by Marc Burch on Steven Lenhart ... Lenhart then scored a dramatic game-winner on Aug. 11 at Buck Shaw Stadium, netting a stoppage time goal following a late equalizer by Sounders FC ... San Jose then took a 2-1 win on Sept. 22 at CenturyLink Field with goals from Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski ... Seattle did win 1-0 over San Jose in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match at Kezar Stadium. Current Quakes midfielder Cordell Cato scored the winner for Seattle that night ... The Quakes and Sounders FC played three times in 2009, with Seattle taking both meetings at what was then called Qwest Field (2-0 on April 25 and 2-1 on June 13), before the Earthquakes registered a 4-0 triumph at Buck Shaw Stadium on Aug. 2 ... In 2010, the Earthquakes edged Sounders FC at Qwest Field, 1-0 on May 22 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal, with Seattle returning the favor at Buck Shaw on July 31 through a Fredy Montero strike ... In 2011, the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at Buck Shaw on April 2, while Seattle took a 2-1 decision at CenturyLink Field on Oct. 15 ... San Jose won each of their three regular-season matches in 2012, each by one goal ... Seattle Sounders FC knocked the Earthquakes out of the 2012 U.S. Open Cup in the quarterfinals, upending San Jose 1-0 on June 26 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco ... In their first meeting of 2013, San Jose won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal in first-half stoppage time.

Earthquakes-Seattle Sounders Connections

Seattle Sounders FC was brought into MLS as an expansion franchise ahead of the 2009 season, a year after the San Jose Earthquakes rejoined the league following a two-season absence ... Sounders FC technical director Chris Henderson played with Quakes general manager John Doyle in the early 1990s for the U.S. Men's National Team ... Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski played with Sounders FC defender Patrick Ianni from 2006-08 for the Houston Dynamo ... Sounders FC goalkeeper Andrew Weber appeared in two MLS matches for the Earthquakes from 2009-11 ... Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart and Seattle midfielder Brad Evans played together for the Columbus Crew in 2008 ... Sounders FC forward David Estrada grew up in Salinas, Calif., starring at Alisal High School before moving on to UCLA ... Seattle midfielder Servando Carrasco played at Cal with Quakes goaltender David Bingham from 2008-10 ... Sounders FC midfielder Mario Martinez was born in Honduras along with Quakes defender Victor Bernardez and midfielders Walter Martinez and Marvin Chavez ... Chavez and Sounders FC midfielder Mauro Rosales tied for the third most assists in the MLS last year with 13 ... Quakes forward Cordell Cato made eight appearances for Sounders FC last year, recording one assist ... San Jose forward Mike Fucito played for Seattle from 2009-11, scoring three goals in 23 appearances ... Fucito and midfielder Lamar Neagle were both traded from Seattle to the Montreal Impact on Feb. 17, 2012 for forward Eddie Johnson ... After spending the majority of 2012 with the Portland Timbers, Fucito joined the Earthquakes on Feb. 13, 2013 ... Seattle reacquired Neagle on Jan. 27, 2013 for an international roster spot ... Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch played with Sounders FC defender Marc Burch on the Columbus Crew in 2006 ... Burch also made three appearances for the LA Galaxy in 2006 under Earthquakes current head coach Frank Yallop ... Jon Busch and Seattle goalkeeper Josh Ford both hail from New York ... Quakes midfielder Sam Cronin and Sounders FC midfielder Alex Caskey were born just a few miles apart in Georgia ... Sounders FC assistant coach Kurt Schmid attended Wake Forest, as did Earthquakes midfielder Sam Cronin and forward Marcus Tracy ... Seattle midfielder Brad Evans and forward Sammy Ochoa both scored their first career goals against San Jose.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. Seattle Sounders FC

Chris Wondolowski has scored six goals in 10 matches ... Steven Lenhart has two goals in seven appearances ... Shea Salinas has four assists in nine meetings ... Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 4-2-3 with three shutouts in nine appearances.

Seattle Sounders FC Leaders vs. San Jose

Brad Evans has three goals and one assist in nine appearances ... Steve Zakuani has two goals and two assists in eight games ... Eddie Johnson has two goals in 11 games ... Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is 0-4-0 in his four career appearances.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

What: Lincoln Law School's Peer Court Training Program Fundraiser

Who: Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow

When: Tuesday, May 7 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Robinson & Wood Inc. 227 North First Street, San Jose

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Tracy Makes MLS Debut

Forward Marcus Tracy completed his return to soccer with his MLS debut in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Montreal. The former Hermann Trophy winner - awarded to the top college soccer player in the country - came on for Marvin Chavez in the 76th minute, his first MLS appearance since joining the Earthquakes through a weighted lottery on Sept. 11, 2012. After a standout career at Wake Forest, Tracy made a move to Europe with Denmark's Aalborg BK. However, he only made a handful of appearances during his overseas experience from 2009-11 due to knee injuries. Prior to Saturday's match, Tracy's last first-team game came on Dec. 5, 2009 in a 2-0 Aalborg loss against Sonderjyske (1,246 days or 3 years, 4 months and 29 days).

Martinez Makes MLS Debut, Records First Assist

Honduran World Cup veteran Walter Martinez had a pair of firsts in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Montreal. Not only did the 31-year-old midfielder make his MLS debut when he subbed on for Rafael Baca in the 62nd minute but he also recorded his first career MLS assist. The helper was a clutch one, eventually setting up a game-tying goal after his pass to Chris Wondolowski was redirected for Sam Cronin at the top of the area. Cronin buried the shot and Martinez picked up one of two assists on the play. "Pery" Martinez signed with the Earthquakes on March 15, 2013 after suiting up for Chongqing (China) in 2012.

Cronin Scores Second-Career Earthquakes Goal

Veteran midfielder Sam Cronin scored his second career goal with the Earthquakes and had an assist to rally San Jose to a 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact on Saturday. Cronin had the final pass to Adam Jahn on the rookies' 59th-minute goal and capped the comeback with a well-placed shot from the edge of the area in second-half stoppage time. His first goal in an Earthquakes uniform was also a big one, helping the club draw even at three apiece before Chris Wondolowski scored a game winner in a thrilling 4-3 win against the LA Galaxy on June 30, 2012 at Stanford Stadium. Cronin is in his fourth season with the Earthquakes after joining them on June 10, 2010 in a trade with Toronto FC for allocation money.

Goonies are Back

Sam Cronin's equalizer in the 91st minute to earn a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact on Saturday was the club's third second-half stoppage time goal of the season. Last year, San Jose set a league record with nine such goals; their 12 between the start of 2012 and now is seven more than the next-closest team total.

Comeback Kings

Much like last season, the Earthquakes are the kings of MLS comebacks in 2013. Along with their three second-half stoppage time goals, San Jose has rallied to win or tie five games in the second half, including Saturday's 2-2 result against the Montreal Impact.

May 18 Match vs. Colorado Sold Out

The Earthquakes announced last week that their May 18 match against the Colorado Rapids, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is sold out. The club has held a limited number of seats that are available through mini-plans and season ticket packages, but group and individual tickets are no longer available. Tickets are still available for the club's remaining fixtures up to that date. Those matches include: Sunday, April 21 vs. Portland Timbers at 8:00 p.m. PT; Saturday, May 4 vs. Montreal Impact at 1 p.m. PT; and Wednesday, May 8 vs. Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge

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 $2,500 so far this season thanks to 10 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.

ACADEMY NOTES

U-18s Top Seattle Sounders FC

The Earthquakes' U-18 squad was on the road for a pair of Northwest Division games over the weekend, drawing the Portland Timbers 1-1 on Saturday before knocking off Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday. Dominic Scotti gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead against Portland in the 80th minute before the Timbers found an equalizer in the 90th. San Jose would bounce back to score three unanswered after falling behind 1-0 against Seattle one day later. Tren Biswell, Jesus Garcia and Juan Velasquez found the net for the Earthquakes, who improved to 13-10-1 with four games remaining in their 2012-13 season.

U-16s Drop a Pair

The Earthquakes' U-16 squad lost both of their games in the Pacific Northwest over the weekend. The trip started with a 3-0 loss against the Portland Timbers in Portland on Saturday and closed with a 1-0 defeat against Seattle sounders FC at their Starfire Sports Complex on Sunday.

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