May 13, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium for Health & Wellness Night, presented by Kaiser Permanente. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Plus, 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF.
San Jose's Record in May
The Quakes are 30-30-16 all-time in May in MLS play.
Earthquakes 0, Seattle Sounders FC 4; May 11, 2013; CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
The 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.
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Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids All-Time
MLS Regular Season: 24-18-9
Home: 12-8-5 (46 GF, 34 GA)
Away: 12-10-4 (33 GF, 33 GA)
Shootout (1996-99): 1-2; Overtime (2000-03): 0-0-2; Playoffs: 0-1-0; US Open Cup: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup Play-In: 0-0-0
All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 79, Colorado Rapids - 67
Colorado Rapids Scouting Report
Colorado (4-4-3, 15 pts.) enters Buck Shaw Stadium fourth in the Western Conference. After missing the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2012, the Rapids have added a few new pieces, including rookies Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers, former LA Galaxy target man Edson Buddle and veteran forward Atiba Harris. The group has contributed to an improved start to Colorado's 2013 campaign with Brown, Buddle and Powers leading the squad with two goals apiece. In their last outing, Colorado knocked off the Columbus Crew 2-0 on the road. Buddle and Powers netted the goals while goalkeeper Clint Irwin made seven saves for his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Last Game vs. Colorado Rapids
Earthquakes 4, Colorado Rapids 1; Oct. 6, 2012; Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Chris Wondolowski tallied a hat trick in the Earthquakes' 4-1 win against the Colorado Rapids. The trio of goals also moved the iconic striker past Ronald Cerritos for the club's all-time goal-scoring record with 62. Despite playing on the road at altitude on a frigid Denver night, the Earthquakes bolted out of the gate for a dominant performance. They didn't wait long to open the scoring as Marvin Chavez slammed home a ball laid off by Wondolowski from the edge of the area in the second minute. The goal was Chavez's second of the season. Wondolowski accounted for San Jose's final three goals for his second hat trick and sixth multi-goal game of the season. His first came in the 11th minute as Chavez sprung Rafael Baca down the left sideline before the second-year midfielder placed a cross inside the Rapids' 6-yard box. Wondolowski was waiting on the doorstep and chested in a 2-0 lead. The Danville native doubled his haul early in the second half, pounding a shot on target that deflected off a Colorado defender and into the goal. After Alan Gordon drew crossbar with a shot in the 62nd minute, Wondolowski went ahead and capped his hat trick in the 83rd. Sam Cronin threaded the needle to find the Budweiser Golden Boot leader open behind Colorado's back line before Wondolowski turned and fired for his 25th goal of the season. The Rapids scored their goal in the 92nd minute after Jason Hernandez was whistled for a foul in the area. Hernandez received a red card for the infraction and Andre Akpan netted the spot kick to round out the 4-1 result.
History of the Earthquakes-Rapids Rivalry
The two teams played for the first time in 1996 and the Quakes swept the four-game season series, outscoring Colorado 9-3 in the process ... In 1997 Colorado won three of four and swept the Quakes in two games at San Jose ... Colorado dominated again in 1998 and had a memorable win at Stanford where they edged the Earthquakes 4-3 in penalty kicks ... The Earthquakes returned the favor and beat Colorado 4-3 in penalty kicks in the first match of 1999 and they split the season series 2-2 ... 2000 saw the teams split the series again with the Earthquakes winning the first two meetings ... on August 25, 2001 the Earthquakes scored three goals in four minutes for their second win of the year against the Rapids. Manny Lagos scored his second goal of the match on an assist from Junior Agogo. Two minutes later Landon Donovan scored on an assist from Ian Russell. Then in the 40th minute Donovan assisted Agogo for the fourth goal. The Quakes added one more and then cruised to a 5-2 victory ... In 2002 the teams split the series ... In 2003 the Quakes opened the season at Colorado and Brian Ching scored 53 seconds into the match and the Quakes were victorious 2-1 ... 2004 began an unbeaten streak in which the Earthquakes did not lose to the Rapids from 2004-2010. The Quakes were 8-0-4 during the streak before losing 1-0 on August 7, 2010 ... The two teams met again in the 2010 Eastern Conference Finals, but the Rapids beat the Quakes 1-0 on their way to winning the MLS Cup ... The Quakes were unable to beat the Rapids last year, with the Rapids defeating the Quakes 2-1 on August 13, 2011 at Buck Shaw Stadium, and the sides tying 1-1 on September 24, 2011 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park ... The Earthquakes swept their three games vs. Colorado in 2012, outscoring the Rapids 10-3 in the process.
Earthquakes - Colorado Rapids Connections
Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni played briefly in 1998 with Quakes midfielder Ramiro Corrales for the Miami Fusion and on the U.S. National Team with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch on March 9, 2005 against Colombia ... Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring (2005-08) and Rapids defender Drew Moor (2003-04) attended the University of Indiana ... Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens played with Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch in 2007 with Chicago ... Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan played with the Earthquakes from 2003-05 and played with Chris Wondolowski in Houston from 2006-09 ... Rapids forward Edson Buddle was the runner-up to Wondolowski in the 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot race as a member of the LA Galaxy ... Buddle was a teammate of Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch with the Columbus Crew from 2002-05 ... Earthquakes defender Nana Attakora and Buddle played for Toronto FC in 2007 ... Buddle also played with Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon from 2007-10 for the LA Galaxy ... Earthquakes midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy played for the Rapids from 2007-10, notching seven goals and 18 assists in 77 appearances ... Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan began his career with the Colorado Rapids as a fourth round pick in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft; Gargan had three assists in 49 appearances from 2005-08 ... Gargan played with Rapids forward Atiba Harris for Chivas USA in 2008 ... Harris also played alongside Earthquakes midfielder Shea Salinas for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2011 and Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for FC Dallas in 2009 and 2010 ... Both Harris and Ballouchy started their careers with Real Salt Lake in 2006, playing two years with the Utah squad before parting ways ... Earthquakes forward Adam Jahn and Rapids defender Kory Kindle area both from the Sacramento area ... San Jose defender Justin Morrow and Colorado midfielder Dillon Powers are both Notre Dame alumni ... Earthquakes players Walter Martinez, Victor Bernardez and Marvin Chavez and Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas have each represented the Honduran national team ... Chavez and Rapids defender Drew Moor played together for FC Dallas in 2009 ... Moor, Salinas and Earthquakes midfielder Sam Garza each grew up in the Dallas area.
Earthquakes All-Time Leaders vs. Colorado Rapids
Forward Chris Wondolowski has seven goals and one assist in 12 games against ... Forward Alan Gordon has five goals in 16 games ... Defender Ramiro Corrales has five assists in 34 games ... Midfielder Marvin Chavez has one goal and four assists in eight games ... Goalkeeper Jon Busch is 7-7-4 with three shutouts in 18 games.
Colorado Rapids All-Time Leaders vs. Earthquakes
Forward Edson Buddle has nine goals in 16 games ... Midfielder Nick LaBrocca has one goal and one assist in 10 games ... Midfielder Pablo Mastroeni has two assists in 22 games.
May 18 Match vs. Colorado Sold Out
This weekend's 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.
Chavez Suspended Two Games
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez for two games and fined him an undisclosed amount for violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent, Toronto FC defender Logan Emory, in the 58th minute of their game on May 8. He has appealed the second game of the suspension. Chavez served the first game of his suspension on Saturday when the Earthquakes played at Seattle Sounders FC. The result of the appeal of the second game's suspension will be announced at a later date.
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 $3,000 so far this season thanks to 12 goals. The Earthquakes raised $18,000 in 2012 after scoring a club record 72 goals.