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

The Earthquakes return home this week to face Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, July 13 at Buck Shaw Stadium for A&W Root Beer Float Night. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.

San Jose's Record in July

The Quakes are 23-37-19 all-time in July in MLS play.

Last Game

Earthquakes 0, New England Revolution 2; July 6, 2013; Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Playing for the third time in eight days, the San Jose Earthquakes fell 2-0 against the New England Revolution. San Jose played shorthanded for the second match in a row with just 16 players in uniform due to international call-ups, injuries and a suspension. The Revolution capitalized in front of their home crowd, tallying first in the 13th minute thanks to a strike from Saer Sene. The French forward blasted a shot from the top of the box that took a deflection on its way into the net, leaving Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch helpless to make the save. New England tacked on a second goal late in the second half as Lee Nguyen linked up with Dimitry Imbongo. Kelyn Rowe started the play with a through ball to Nguyen. The winger timed his run perfectly and one-timed a cross that found Imbongo on the doorstep for a tap-in finish.

OPPONENT INFO

Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 6-5-1

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

Away: 3-4-0 (6 GF, 11 GA)

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

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 15, Seattle Sounders FC - 16

Last Game vs. Chicago Fire

Earthquakes 0, Seattle Sounders FC 4; May 11, 2013; CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

The San Jose Earthquakes fell 4-0 against Seattle Sounders FC in front of a crowd of 38,880, snapping a four-game winning streak against their hosts. Seattle forward Lamar Neagle opened the scoring in the 28th minute. Eddie Johnson played Mauro Rosales in the middle of the area where the Argentine midfielder used his chest to lay a pass off for Neagle. Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch nearly pushed the ensuing shot wide, but the powerful blast careened off his hands and into the net. Rosales doubled Seattle's haul moments before the halftime whistle. Earthquakes midfielder Rafael Baca was whistled for a foul and issued a yellow card after he was deemed to have taken Brad Evans down just outside the box. Rosales capitalized, sending the free kick off the post and into the net. Neagle tallied his second of the match in the 54th minute. After pressuring Seattle to start the second half, the Earthquakes allowed Neagle a slim opening on a Sounders FC counter attack. Neagle took advantage, slamming his shot off the post and into the net. Obafemi Martins tacked on Seattle's fourth goal two minutes into stoppage time, polishing off a close-range shot after Justin Morrow's attempted clearance deflected off a San Jose defender and to the feet of the Nigerian Designated Player.

Seattle Sounders FC Scouting Report

Seattle (7-6-3, 24 pts.) is seventh in the Western Conference, but with games in hand. The 2012 MLS Cup Playoff qualifiers are coming off a 2-0 loss against Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but they had won three of four before that match. Lamar Neagle, Obafemi Martins and Eddie Johnson are tied for the team lead in goals with four apiece while Neagle and Argentine Designated Player Mauro Rosales are atop the club's assist list with three each.

History of the Quakes-Seattle Sounders FC Rivalry

The two 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 ... They have squared off twice this season, with each team winning their home game. In the first meeting, San Jose won 1-0 thanks to a Chris Wondolowski goal in first-half stoppage time. Seattle took the second contest 4-0 with two goals coming from forward Lamar Neagle.

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 ... 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 ... Earthquakes midfielder Marvin 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 ... 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 11 matches ... Steven Lenhart has two goals in seven appearances ... Shea Salinas has four assists in 10 meetings ... Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 4-3-3 with three shutouts in 10 appearances.

Seattle Sounders FC Leaders vs. San Jose

Brad Evans has three goals and one assist in 10 appearances ... Steve Zakuani has two goals and two assists in eight games ... Eddie Johnson has two goals and an assist in 12 games ... Lamar Neagle has three goals and an assist in four appearances ... Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning is 1-4-0 with one shutout in his five career appearances.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Earthquakes to Host A&W Root Beer Float Night on Saturday

The Earthquakes will host their third annual A&W Root Beer Float Night on Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. PT in the Epicenter Fan Zone prior to the club's clash with Western Conference foe Seattle Sounders FC. Local celebrities, including the club's broadcast team of Dan Dibley, Kate Scott and Kelly Gray, have teamed up with the Earthquakes for the charity event to scoop, pour and serve root beer floats to fans with a recommended $3 donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Each fan that makes the recommended donation will also receive an A&W souvenir cup while supplies last. Last year, the Earthquakes raised $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as part of the second annual A&W Root Beer Float Night.

Wondolowski, Goodson Score for U.S. Men's National Team

Chris Wondolowski scored his first career U.S. Men's National Team goal and Clarence Goodson also found the net as the Americans routed Guatemala 6-0 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup tune-up last week in San Diego. The duo open Gold Cup play against Belize at Portland's JELD-WEN Field (8 p.m. PT / FOX Soccer).

CONCACAF Gold Cup Update

The Earthquakes have three representatives in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Chris Wondolowski (USA), Clarence Goodson (USA) and Marvin Chavez (HON). See below for a schedule for the Americans and Hondurans:

United States

Tuesday, July 9 vs. Belize at Portland's JELD-WEN Field, 8 p.m. PT on FOX Soccer and UniMas

Saturday, July 13 vs. Cuba at Salt Lake City's Rio Tinto Stadium, 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX and Univision

Tuesday, July 16 vs. Costa Rica at East Hartford's Rentschler Field, 5 p.m. PT on FOX Soccer and Unimas

Honduras

Monday, July 8 vs. Haiti at New Jersey's Red Bull Arena, 6:30 p.m. PT

Friday, July 12 vs. El Salvador at Miami's Sun Life Stadium, 6:30 p.m. PT

Monday, July 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium, 6:30 p.m. PT

*For more information and livestream information, visit www.concacaf.com.

Wondolowski Named to 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Fan XI

Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski was among the 10 names announced by Major League Soccer for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game's Fan XI on Sunday. The selection is Wondolowski's third in as many years and the third of his career. Wondolowski, 30, leads the Earthquakes with five goals and is second on the club with three assists. Three of his goals were game winners. He is currently in camp with the U.S. Men's National Team for the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The AT&T MLS All-Star Game is slated for Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The MLS All-Stars wlll face Italian giants AS Roma at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UniMas.

Earthquakes to Host You Can Play Fundraiser Game at Kezar Stadium

The Earthquakes will face Antigua Barracuda FC in a Reserve League match as part of the USL-MLS partnership on Monday, July 15 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. PT. As part of Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Week, all season ticket holders will receive free admission to the match at Kezar Stadium. All season ticket holders must RSVP with their Earthquakes account representative to receive a voucher for the game. The price for non-season ticket holders will be $10 with all proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project. Tickets will be available at the Earthquakes Front Office prior to game day or at the box office at Kezar Stadium on game day.

CONCACAF Champions League Schedule Unveiled

The Earthquakes will play four CONCACAF Champions League matches in group play after qualifying for the tournament by virtue of their Supporters' Shield win in 2012. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 7 - 5 p.m. PT - San Jose Earthquakes at Montreal Impact

Wednesday, Aug. 28 - 7 p.m. PT - San Jose Earthquakes at CD Heredia (Guatemala)

Tuesday, Sept. 17 - 7 p.m. PT - Montreal Impact at San Jose Earthquakes

Wednesday, Oct. 23 - 7 p.m. PT - CD Heredia at San Jose Earthquakes

NOTE: The Earthquakes' match against Montreal on Tuesday, Sept. 17 will be Bonus Game B for the club's season ticket holders. Season ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets for that match during an exclusive window starting on Monday, July 8 at 10 a.m. PT. The public on-sale date is Friday, July 12 at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket details for the club's second CONCACAF Champions League home game will be announced at a later date.

Iron Man

The Earthquakes have one player that has played every minute of all 20 matches this season, Jon Busch. He has played 1,800 minutes. Sam Cronin is the only other player on the squad to start all 20 matches; he has logged 1,711 minutes in the process.

Earthquakes New Stadium Update

The Earthquakes unveiled a number of new features for the club's stadium that is under construction at Coleman Ave. in San Jose. The team has added Game Day Clubs and has revealed that the seats in the new stadium will be blue. Additionally, the south end of the stadium will spell out "˜Quakes' in the seats. All of the new features can be viewed in the newly launched interactive 3D seat map at www.sjearthquakes.com. The Earthquakes also announced the arrival of a new stadium mobile viewing center that allows fans to experience the club's new venue in person. Appointments are available to drop by the mobile viewing center on game days or regular weekday business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT by calling club headquarters at 408-556-7700. Additionally, the Earthquakes gave fans a way to keep tabs on the construction process through a live webcam stationed at the construction site. The StreamCam HD will provide live and archived footage to fans at www.sjearthquakes.com and will collect images for a timelapse video of the completed project when the stadium opens, courtesy of EarthCam.

Earthquakes to Induct Gabbo Gavric, Peter Bridgwater to Club's Hall of Fame

Former defender Momcilo "Gabbo" Gavric and former president Peter Bridgwater have been voted into the Earthquakes Hall of Fame. The pair of soccer legends will be inducted in a ceremony during halftime of San Jose's match on July 27 against the Portland Timbers. For more information about the duo, click here.

Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, Presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics

The club will host its second annual Earthquakes 5K/10K Challenge, presented by Stanford Hospital & Clinics, 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. All participants receive a race t-shirt and access to a post-race celebration. 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 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.

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 $5,000 so far this season thanks to 20 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.

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