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November 16, 2009 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

Elliott and New Zealand Qualify for World Cup

San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Simon Elliott and his native New Zealand will be heading to the World Cup in South Africa next summer. They knocked off Bahrain 1-0 in the second leg of their Asia-Oceania World Cup Playoff on Saturday, Nov. 14 in Wellington, New Zealand. Elliott did not play in this match due to injury but was available as a substitute if needed. Elliott has scored eight goals in 66 international appearances for the All Whites. He last appeared in the first leg of this World Cup Qualifier Playoff against Bahrain, which resulted in a 0-0 draw in Manama; Elliott played the full 90 minutes. Earlier this year, Elliot appeared in a friendly against Jordan in Amman on Sept. 9 and also appeared in three matches during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa last June. Bahrain tied Saudi Arabia in two matches last month, 0-0 and 2-2, to earn the right to play New Zealand. New Zealand had not qualified for the World Cup since the 1982 Finals. New Zealand's victory marks the first time an Earthquakes player will be represented in the world's showcase for soccer since Landon Donovan and Jeff Agoos represented the United States in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. The only other San Jose player to have appeared in a World Cup while playing for the Earthquakes was American Eric Wynalda, who participated in the 1998 World Cup in France.

College Scouting Heats Up

As the MLS SuperDraft approaches, Earthquakes general manager John Doyle and coaching staff are working feverishly to best utilize their four picks in the first two rounds (third overall pick and three second round picks). General Manager John Doyle and head coach Frank Yallop were at the ACC Tournament in Cary, NC. Last week. Assistant head coach Ian Russell was also at the ACC Tournament in Cary and then at the MAC Tournament in Akron, OH. Assistant coach Jason Batty was at the Big East Tournament in Morgantown, WV this past weekend. Doyle also took in the California-Stanford match this past weekend in Palo Alto.

Alvarez in Top 10 for AT&T Goal of the Year

Earthquakes midfielder Arturo Alvarez scored his first game winning goal of the season in the 63rd minute against Real Salt Lake on May 30 and has been nominated for the AT&T Goal of the Year and has been voted into the Top 10. Alvarez received a pass from teammate Bobby Convey near the penalty area and split a couple of Real Salt Lake defenders, then ripped a left footed shot past the diving Nick Rimando from about 25 yards out into the top corner of the far post. To vote and help Alvarez win, go to The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Cannon in Top 10 for Degree Men Save of the Year

Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon has been nominated for the Degree Men Save of the Year for his save in the Earthquakes 2-1 win on May 30 over Real Salt Lake and has already been voted into the Top 10. Cannon robbed forward Yura Movsisyan in the first minute of stoppage time by pushing his effort from the top of the area over the bar. This shot seemed destined for the back of the net, but Cannon's sprawling save helped preserve the three points. To vote for Cannon to win, go to The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Quakes 2010 Season Tickets

The San Jose Earthquakes have significantly reduced season ticket prices for the 2010 Major League Soccer season. Season tickets start as low as $204. Season ticket prices have been reduced in all sections; Premier Midfield will now be $40 per game ($50 in 2009), Center Circle $30 per game ($35 in 2009), Sideline $20 per game ($30 in 2009), Goal View $15 per game ($20 in 2009) and Supporters Section $12 per game ($18 in 2009). For more information on season tickets, to renew season tickets or to place a deposit, call the Earthquakes Front Office at 408-556-7700. The Quakes have also created a number of new features and benefits for season ticket holders next year. A family section has been added inside the stadium, and the Supporters Section has been expanded to create an even greater home field advantage. Season Ticket Holders will additionally have access to the exclusive tailgate parking lot. Corona Cove seats will now be available as a season ticket option and an extra row of NetSuite VIP On-field seats will be added for next season. Season Ticket Holders will also have first priority to purchase Earthquakes playoff tickets and tickets for international games. They will receive a 15 percent discount on game day merchandise, invitations to exclusive events, and priority rights to seats in the new stadium. The one thing that is not exclusive to Season Ticket Holders is savings.

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