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March 22, 2010 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release


The San Jose Earthquakes open their 2010 campaign on Saturday, March 27 at 6 p.m. PT against defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and radio plans will be announced later this week. The first 5,000 fans in attendance on Saturday will receive an Earthquakes/Amway Global replica jersey shirt. The Quakes are also holding a 2010 season kick-off party at Rosie McCann's at Santana Row in San Jose from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake All-Time

MLS Regular Season: 3-2-4

Home: 2-1-1

Away: 1-1-3

Playoffs: 0-0-0; U.S. Open Cup: 0-0-0

All-Time Scoring: San Jose - 14, Real Salt Lake - 12

Earthquakes Schedule for the Week of 03/22/10

Tuesday, March 23 - 6 p.m. -Training at Buck Shaw Stadium

Wednesday, March 24 - 10:15 a.m. - Training at West Valley College

Thursday, March 25 - 10:15 a.m. - Training at West Valley College

Friday, March 26 - 10:15 a.m. - Training at Buck Shaw Stadium

Saturday, March 27 - 6 p.m. PT - Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake at Buck Shaw Stadium live on Fox Soccer Channel

Injury Report

Questionable: Brad Ring (L - hamstring strain); Eduardo (L - hip strain).

Last Game

Earthquakes 1, Portland Timbers 1; March 20, 2010; Buck Shaw Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.

The San Jose Earthquakes earned a 1-1 draw on Saturday night with USSF Division Two side Portland Timbers in their final tune-up for the season opener next Saturday, March 27 at against Real Salt Lake. Cornell Glen put the Quakes ahead in the second half before Scott Thompson equalized for the Timbers. The first real quality chance of the match came 31 minutes in, as Arturo Alvarez beat his defender, and tried to slip Bobby Convey through on goal. Portland goalkeeper Steve Cronin dove and cut it out before Convey could get a touch. Just one minute later, Javier Robles cut through the Portland midfield and let his left footed effort from about 25 yards go, but it sailed high of the target. In the 42nd minute, Convey took a diagonal ball from Alvarez and let one go from about 30 yards out that nearly beat Cronin, but he was able to make the save. Portland created their first dangerous opportunity just a minute after halftime when substitute Tony McManus forced a diving save from Andrew Weber after a shot from distance. It appeared San Jose broke the deadlock in the 65th as Cornell Glen finished coolly with his right foot off of a Ramiro Corrales cross, but he was called offside. Glen and San Jose did break through in the 71st minute, as he took an Omar Jessey pass and turned toward goal. He then unloaded a left-footed shot from about 20 yards out that went through Cronin into the back of the net. Portland capitalized on a set piece in the 80th minute to tie the score. Substitute Scott Thompson got on the end of a delivery from near the corner by Rodrigo Lopez and headed it past Weber. The goal snapped the Quakes nearly five-match shutout streak this preseason.

Last Game vs. Real Salt Lake

Earthquakes 1, Real Salt Lake 1; July 3, 2009; Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah

The San Jose Earthquakes appeared to have their first away victory of the season in the bag until an own goal by Chris Leitch in stoppage time left the Quakes and Real Salt Lake with a 1-1 draw Friday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Arturo Alvarez scored in the 63rd minute for San Jose and then Real went a man down when Fabian Espindola was sent off in the 77th minute. But Leitch poked the ball into his own net to leave both teams with a share of the spoils. In the 37th minute, the home side had the best chance of the half for either team thanks to some clever combination play from Espindola and Yura Movsisyan. Espindola slotted a clever ball through to Movsisyan, who sent a beautiful ball of his own back to Espindola. Joe Cannon came out to close down the through ball, but Espindola got there first. However Cannon was positioned well and he blocked Espindola's first-time, point-blank shot with his legs. The Earthquakes were nearly gifted an own goal in the 42nd minute as Borchers and Chris Wingert failed to communicate on a bouncing ball. Borchers headed the ball off Wingert and over Nick Rimando's head, but the RSL goalkeeper was able to run back and snatch the ball before it could get to the goal line. Just before halftime, again Espindola got behind the San Jose defense in the penalty area, but Cannon alertly came off his line to grab the through ball only moments before Espindola could receive it. San Jose finally broke the scoreless draw in the 63rd minute when Campos combined with Alvarez near the top of Salt Lake's penalty area. Surrounded by defenders, Alvarez found Campos with his back to the goal. Campos laid a square ball back to Alvarez, who used his ball-handling skills to work his way from left to right across the area, leaving several defenders in his wake. Once in the clear, he calmly slotted the ball past the onrushing Rimando just inside the right post to give the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead. The game got heated and there were several incidents after the play, finally culminating in a straight red card for Espindola for retaliation after a hard tackle by Brandon McDonald in the 77th minute. San Jose's fortunes turned, however, in the first minute of stoppage time. Morales tried to break through the defense when the ball pinged off Leitch's foot and slowly rolled past Cannon and inside the post to level the match 1-1.

Misc. Notes

Quakes in the Community

What: Amway Kicks For Kids

Who: Jason Hernandez

Location: Hoover Elementary School

Date: March 24th

Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Details: Hernandez will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition.

What: Get Earthquakes Fit

Who: Arturo Alvarez

Location: Cumberland Elementary School in Sunnyvale

Date: March 24th

Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Details: Alvarez will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition, introducing them to the Earthquakes Fit program.

What: Get Earthquakes Fit

Who: Justin Morrow

Location: Robert Randall Elementary School in Milpitas

Date: March 26th

Time: 1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.

Details: Morrow will speak to the students about the importance of healthy lifestyles and nutrition, introducing them to the Earthquakes Fit program.

MLS, Players Union Reach Agreement in Principle on CBA

Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Major League Soccer Players Union (MLSPU) today announced that they have reached agreement in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement covering five seasons, commencing with the 2010 season and continuing through December 31, 2014. MLS Commissioner Don Garber and MLSPU Executive Director Bob Foose announced the agreement Saturday via teleconference call, five days prior to the start of the League's 15th season. The concluding phase of the negotiations was conducted under the auspices of George Cohen, Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. The agreement is subject to the approval of the MLS Board of Governors and the membership of the MLSPU. Major League Soccer's 15th season kicks off March 25 when the expansion Philadelphia Union travel to Seattle to take on Sounders FC in a nationally televised match on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com. The other 14 MLS clubs are in action on March 26 and 27.

Quakes Waive Three

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the team has placed midfielders Simon Elliott, Antonio Ribeiro and goalkeeper Mike Graczyk on waivers. Elliott played in 15 games with 12 starts for San Jose in 2009 after arriving in the preseason last year. Ribeiro started all seven games he appeared in last season after joining the team in June of 2009 from the Montreal Impact. Graczyk did not appear in any matches for San Jose last year.

Quakes Add Youth to Roster

The San Jose Earthquakes added three up and coming players to their roster today, signing 2009 second-round draft pick Brad Ring and 2010 draft picks Justin Morrow and Steven Beitashour. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Ring, 22, was drafted in the second round by the Quakes in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, but sat out the entire 2009 campaign with a hip injury. He trained with the Quakes last fall and joined the team in preseason this year. He attended Indiana University, where he played 78 games, scored 14 goals and had eight assists in his college career helped lead the Indiana Hoosiers to NCAA Tournament berths in all four seasons. Morrow had an outstanding combine prior to the draft after an excellent career with Notre Dame. He played 89 matches and scored seven goals and notched seven assists as a wide midfielder and defender. He was named All-Big East Second Team in 2009 after starting all 23 games and notching two goals and an assist, while serving as team captain. He helped the Fighting Irish to four NCAA appearances in his career. Morrow played his high school soccer at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and scored 21 goals while adding 14 assists as a senior. In 2004 and 2005, he played for the Super Y League ODP national team.Beitashour returns to his hometown team after completing his career with San Diego State University. The 5-10 defender appeared in 57 career games for the Aztecs and recorded eight assists, including three in his 2009 campaign. A versatile player, he can play wide right and left in both the defense and midfield. Beitashour was a four-year letterwinner for Leland High School in San Jose, where he won the Pat Tillman Award.

Quakes Earn Draw with Houston

The San Jose Earthquakes tied the Houston Dynamo 0-0 on Wednesday night at Kezar Stadium, earning their fourth consecutive shutout in preseason play. Fourteen minutes into the match, Houston threatened with the first real scoring opportunity as they had the long throw working. Eddie Robinson's throw was flicked on by former Earthquakes forward Cam Weaver and seemed as he was searching out Corey Ashe at the back post. Joey Gjertsen's sliding clearance kept Ashe away, and play resumed.

Just two minutes later, San Jose had a chance, as Javier Robles had his curling effort to the near post from about 22 yards out saved by a diving Pat Onstad. Once the second half began there were wholesale changes on both sides. The Earthquakes had the first chance of the half, as Simon Elliott drew a foul about 25 yards out. Cornell Glen hit his shot just high of the target. San Jose was threatening again in the 63rd minute, when off a broken corner, Jason Hernandez played Chris Wondolowski in on goal, but his volley effort went just wide. Just two minutes later, Quincy Amarikwa came in on Onstad, but he was up to the task, saving Amarikwa's close range shot. The rebound fell to Glen, who had his shot blocked, and Wondolowski missed his rebound wide of the net. In the 79th minute, Ramon Sanchez nearly broke the deadlock from a dead ball. Sanchez's effort from about 25 yards out skipped through on net and went inches wide of the far post. The game finished in a 0-0 draw, making it the fourth consecutive clean sheet for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Quakes Kick off 2010 Season at Rosie McCann's

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that they will host a season-kick-off event at Rosie McCann's Pub at Santana Row in San Jose on Thursday, March 25 with Channel 92.3. The event will run from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. PT. Several Earthquakes players, head coach Frank Yallop, the new Shakers Squad, the Street Team, the Channel Crew and front office staff will all be on hand to meet and greet fans getting ready for the 2010 MLS season. The opening game of the year, when new expansion team Philadelphia Union take on Seattle Sounders FC will be televised at Rosie's at 6:30 p.m. PT on ESPN 2. Players and staff will talk with fans, pose for pictures, sign autographs, and enjoy the evening leading up to the Earthquakes home opener just two days later. San Jose opens with defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake on Saturday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium. Fans on hand at Rosie's will have the opportunity to win many prizes, including a new 2010 autographed jersey. The Bay Area's Centerline Soccer will be at the event as well, hosting a live podcast event from Rosie McCann's. Head coach Frank Yallop and Earthquakes players will be interviewed on the show.

San Jose in March

The Quakes are 4-7-0 all-time in March in MLS play.

Quakes in Season Openers

San Jose is 5-6-1 all-time in season openers.

Earthquakes - Real Salt Lake Connections

Current Earthquakes midfielder/forward Ryan Johnson played for Real Salt Lake in 2006. RSL selected Johnson in the third round of the 2006 MLS SuperDraft. He played seven games and made one start. He also played college soccer with RSL forward Robbie Findley at Oregon State... Former Quakes midfielder Ned Grabavoy is now a member of RSL... Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley and midfielder Nathan Sturgis played for current Quakes head coach Frank Yallop in 2007 on the Los Angeles Galaxy before being traded to RSL, where they also played a year with current Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon... RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman played in Colorado with Quakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon in 2003-2006... RSL defender Nat Borchers also played with Cannon in Colorado, as he was a member of the Rapids from 2003 to 2005... RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando played with Bobby Convey from 2002 to 2004 at D.C. United... Simon Elliott played with current RSL defender Chris Wingert in Columbus... Wingert also played with Joe Cannon in Colorado in 2006... RSL forward Pablo Campos began the 2009 season with the Earthquakes, before being traded to RSL in July.

History of the Quakes - RSL Rivalry

The Earthquakes and RSL met on April 30, 2005 for the first time in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Real Salt Lake earning a 4-0 win... The Quakes loss to RSL for the first time in team history on May 31, 20005 when RSL defeated the Quakes 3-1 at Rice-Eccles Stadium... RSL was an expansion team in 2005, so the Quakes and RSL have only met eight times in their history, with San Jose winning three times and earning four draws... The two teams tied 2-2 in the first ever meeting on Apr. 30, 2005 with Alejandro Moreno scoring a late goal for San Jose to tie the game... RSL was the last regular season opponent to play against the Quakes at Spartan Stadium, earning a 2-2 tie on Oct. 8, 2005.

Earthquakes Leaders vs. RSL

Arturo Alvarez has scored three goals and two assists in 14 career appearances and Cornell Glen has one goal... Joe Cannon has five wins and has posted four shutouts against Real Salt Lake.

RSL Leaders vs. Earthquakes

Javier Morales, Robbie Findley and Andy Williams all have two career goals against the Quakes.

Cannon Among All-Time Leaders

Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon is among the all-time league leaders in a number of goalkeeping categories. He is second in goalkeeper appearances (274), starts (273) and minutes played (24,675). He is now third all-time in saves (1,123), third all-time in shutouts (68) and tied for fourth all-time in wins (98) in league history. For San Jose, Cannon is first in club history as a goalkeeper in starts (159), minutes played (14,481), saves (655), wins (60) and shutouts (38) and second in goals against average (1.33), and saves percentage (73.3). He also holds the team's all-time record for saves in a game with 12 on July 8, 2000 at Colorado.

Corrales Among All-Time Leaders

Ramiro Corrales has the most appearances in franchise history with 167, has made 151 starts and 13,422 minutes played as a member of the Quakes. He is now third place in franchise history in starts and is third in all-time in club history for minutes played.

Quakes Announce SA-5 as Marketing Agency

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that they have hired SA-5 as their marketing agency of record. The Quakes worked closely with SA-5 to create the recently launched "Did you feel that?" campaign. SA-5 collaborated with the Quakes to create two television spots, "Cement" and "Coffee" that are currently running throughout the Bay Area. SA-5 also served as the creative team behind the Quakes radio spots, billboards, collateral materials and print ads. Multiple members of the SA-5 team were part of the award-winning Oakland A's campaigns during last decade.

Quakes Games to be Broadcast in HD

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Thursday that Comcast SportsNet will televise a minimum of 15 Earthquakes games in 2010. For the first time, all of the games will be produced in High Definition. Thirteen games will air on Comcast SportsNet California, one game will air on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and one on Comcast SportsNet Plus. The Quakes broadcast schedule begins on Comcast SportsNet California with their home match against the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 17. Including national television broadcasts and the MLS Direct Kick package, the Earthquakes will have all 30 games aired on television in 2010. The partnership will also include appearances by Earthquakes players and coaches on Chronicle Live and coverage on both SportsNet Reports and SportsNet Central. The broadcast booth will see some changes this year as long-time Northern California announcer Jim Kozimor will join John Shrader for all Quakes games, while Dan Dibley will serve as the sideline reporter for home broadcasts.

Preseason Schedule

The San Jose Earthquakes wrapped up their 2010 preseason with a 7-1-2 this record. Below is the team's full preseason schedule:

Feb. 6 - Earthquakes def. Real San Jose 3-0 at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum (Wondolowski, Ibarra, Gjertsen).

Feb. 10 - Kansas City Wizards def. Earthquakes 3-0 at Reach 11 Complex in Phoenix, Ariz.

Feb. 13 - Earthquakes def. Kansas City Wizards 1-0 at ASU Soccer Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. (Eduardo).

Feb. 27 - Earthquakes def. Fresno Fuego 3-2 at Chukchansi Park in Fresno. (Convey, Robles, Jessey).

March 1 - Earthquakes def. Cal 3-0 at West Valley College in Saratoga (Johnson, Ring, Amarikwa).

March 8 - Earthquakes def. West Ham 2-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London (own goal, Johnson).

March 10 - Earthquakes def. Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London. (Burling)

March 12 - Earthquakes def. Colorado Rapids 2-0 at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London. (Johnson, Amarikwa)

March 17 - Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo 0-0 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Calif.

March 20 - Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers 1-1 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (Glen)

Quakes to Host RSL on April 14

The San Jose Earthquakes will host Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, April 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Play-in match. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. PT. Season ticket holders should use their Bonus Game "A" ticket for the match. For non-season ticket holders, tickets for the match go on sale on Tuesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets range from $20-$50 and can be purchased by calling (800) 225-2277 or by logging on to sjearthquakes.com. The Earthquakes will face RSL for the second time in an Open Cup Play-in match, losing 4-0 in 2008 at Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Last season, San Jose lost to the New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in an Open Cup Play-in match at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Quakes Launch YouTube Channel

The Earthquakes have launched their YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/sanjoseearthquakes. Make sure to check out the latest video content from the San Jose Earthquakes during their trip to London.

Philadelphia match on Sept. 18 Moved to Sept. 15

The San Jose Earthquakes announced last week that their game that was scheduled for Saturday, September 18 has been moved to Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The full 2010 Earthquakes schedule is available on www.sjearthquakes.com.

Quakes Individual Tickets Now On Sale

The San Jose Earthquakes announced that individual tickets for all 2010 Earthquakes home games are now on sale. The Quakes significantly reduced prices for the 2010 season with prices ranging from $20-50. Tickets for the much anticipated 2010 campaign are available online at sjearthquakes.com or by calling 1-800-225-2277. The new, reduced prices for the 2010 season are as follows; Premier Midfield $50 per game ($60 in 2009), Center Circle $35 per game ($40 in 2009), Sideline $25 per game ($35 in 2009) and Goal View $20 per game ($22 in 2009).

Earthquakes Announce 2010 Partial Plans

The San Jose Earthquakes announced two different partial plans for the 2010 season. There are two options this year for partial plans; both are six game packages. Benefits for those who purchase one of these partial plans include; discounted tickets to additional games on the 2010 schedule, discounted merchandise and priority to purchase tickets to international games and Earthquakes playoff games. The Pint Partial Plan includes a free Earthquakes pint glass per seat for a limited time only. Fans must purchase this plan on or before March 26, 2010 in order to receive the pint glass for free and after March 26, pint glasses are available for purchase. With the Pick 6 Plan you can select any six Earthquakes home games at Buck Shaw Stadium during the 2010 regular season. Prices are as follows: Corona Cove - $330, Center Circle - $192, Sideline - $132, Goal View - $108, Supporters Section - $90. To purchase either of these partial plans or full season tickets, call the front at 408-556-7700 and ask to speak to a ticket sales representative. Guarantee the best available seats by ordering now, before individual tickets go on sale to the general public.

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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