'Quakes hoping Oct. 21 is historic day


'Quakes hoping Oct. 21 is historic day

October 21, 2012 could easily be seen as the greatest day in the history of the San Jose Earthquakes, even if they were not playing for the supporters shield for being the best team in the league for the 2012 campaign. If all goes well, it has the chance to be epic.

The day will be full. At noon, the Earthquakes will be attempting to set a world record for the largest gathering to participate in a ground breaking ceremony. They have purchased 6,000 shovels to distribute to their fans who have signed up to break the record which currently stands at 4,532 for an event in Japan. The Quakes have over 5,500 signed up and are asking people to bring their own shovels in case they get more people than they have shovels.

At 4:00 p.m., the Quakes will host their heated rival, the LA Galaxy. The game has been sold out for weeks so if you dont have tickets, you can watch on CSN Bay Area. Chris Wondolowski needs two goals to tie Roy Lassiters record of 27, which has stood for 16 years.

This team, and Wondolowski in particular, have a flair for the dramatic. So much so, a Wondo hat trick to break the record, and clinch the supporters shield on the same day the club sets a record for the largest ground breaking in the history of the world. Its not as crazy as it sounds, especially considering the storybook way the June 30 meeting with the Galaxy went at Stanford Stadium.

One of the ironies is the increased capacity of the stadium may be the source of income the team is going to need to be able to retain the services of the leagues most prolific scorer the last three years.

Amidst all of the clutter of baseball playoffs, NFL regular season and the coming of the NBA season, do yourself a favor and watch the amazing momentum this organization is building as a model franchise with a foundation for prolonged success.

Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


Earthquakes hand FC Dallas first loss of season, win 1-0


FRISCO, Texas -- Jahmir Hyka scored on a spectacular move in the 81st minute and the San Jose Earthquakes handed FC Dallas its first loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.

Hyka took a pass from Marco Urena and touched the ball straight up over defender Matt Hedges as he raced by before putting the ball in off the post for his third goal.

David Bingham made three difficult saves for his fifth shutout, the 25th in his seven seasons with San Jose (5-4-4). The Earthquakes, who played Wednesday night, had just one win in their previous 12 road games and had been shutout six times and outscored by 13.

Hyka's goal also ended a string in which Chris Wondolowski had scored or assisted on the last seven Quakes goals.

Dallas (5-1-4) was unbeaten in its previous eight games with San Jose, outscoring the Quakes 12-4 with five clean sheets.

Dallas dominated most of the game with 62.3 percent possession and Jesse Gonzalez only made one save.



Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home


Late Wondolowski equalizer keeps Quakes unbeaten at home

It’s been a season of inconsistencies for the San Jose Earthquakes. But one thing that has been certain is that in San Jose, at Avaya Stadium, the Quakes are pretty close to unbeatable. 

And they continued that trend Wednesday night thanks in large part to Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski, who combined for a goal in the game’s 83rd minute to salvage a 1-1 draw.

In six home matches, the Earthquakes are 3-0-3. 

The equalizer came less than three minutes after Carlos Rivas had put Orlando on top with a goal from inside the 18-yard box. 

But it was then that head coach Dominic Kinnear reached to his bench for Thompson. 

The late substitution paid off not too long after when a Jahmir Hyka corner found its way over to Thompson just outside the penalty area. The midfielder put the ball on frame and as it was going wide, Wondolowski was there to poke the ball home. 

The goal was the fifth of the season for Wondolowski. It was also Thompson’s first point for the big club since signing San Jose’s first ever Homegrown Player contract. 

David Bingham made a huge save on Brazilian international Kaka in stoppage time to keep the game drawn. 

Turning point: You have to look to Kinnear’s substitution in the 82nd minute that brought on Thompson. The midfielder is known for his creativity on the ball, but had yet to turn that into production for the Quakes since signing his contract. On Wednesday, his first point could not have come at a bigger time. Thompson’s first point came in his 57th game with the club.  

Man of the match: Bingham has played lights out at Avaya in 2017. And when the game opened up in the last 10 minutes, it was his save that kept on Kaka that preserved the unbeaten record at home and a much deserved point for the home squad.  

Injury update: Quakes fans got some bad news before the start of Wednesday’s game when the team announced Harold Cummings, a big offseason acquisition at center back, is out of the season. The Costa Rican international suffered a foot injury while in his San Jose home. The blow is huge for the Quakes, who are already thin defensively.

Booked: Orlando: Leo Pereira (yellow, 25’); San Jose: Anibal Godoy (yellow, 44’), Marco Ureña (yellow, 62’), Nick Lima (yellow, 68’), Darwin Ceren (yellow, 70’). 

Up next: The Earthquakes head to Texas to face FC Dallas on Saturday. While the Quakes are unbeaten at home, their fortunes change significantly on the road. They’ll try to turn that around against a tough Dallas team.