Saturday night was a special night for everyone at California Clasico, but it but it was a little sweeter for one little boy and his mother.
Jackson Fyffe, 5, went to the game expecting to score the first ceremonial goal before the game. However, he was rewarded with so much more than just a goal.
Jackson's mother, Lt. Colonel Celene Fyfee, surprised him on the field after being deployed in Afghanistan since December. The reunion was a complete surprise for Jackson, and as you can see from these photos and video- it was nothing short of amazing.
Jackson still got to score the first goal like he planned, but his mom scored it with him.
There are plenty of ways to get to California Clasico at Stanford Stadium on Saturday. We've made it nice and easy for you to map out your ride to the biggest game of the year:
If you're driving, be sure to plan ahead and get there before 6 p.m. to beat traffic. All lots are $20- cash only- for cars. Oversized vehicles are $30-cash only. Click HERE for directions.
Season Ticket Holders: If you have a Buck Shaw Stadium parking pass for Lot 1, 2, 4- please park in Lot 2 at Standford Stadium.
If you're taking Caltrain, note that the Stanford Stadium station will be open on Saturday. The station does not have Clipper machines or ticket vending machines. Clipper users (8-ride or e-cash) should use Palo Alto Caltrain Station. Customers who are purchasing tickets from the ticket vending machines should buy a Day Pass from their originating station before heading to the game.
If you're taking the bus, service is 24 hours and the VTA runs through San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto. Click here for the schedule.
We'll see you there!
— Adam Jahn (@PillowFeet14) June 26, 2013
It's shaping up to be a hot day in the Bay Area. What better way to spend it than sipping a root beer float and cheering on the Oakland A's?
The 14th Annual Oakland A's MUG Root Beer Float Day is from 10:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m. in the Eastside Club at the O.co Coliseum. A's players, coaches and Quakes players Adam Jahn, David Bingham and Earthquakes Shakers will be serving up the $2 floats.
Admission is free with a ticket to this afternoon's game vs. the Cincinnati Reds.
For more information and a full list of the celebrity scoopers click here.
After the game, join the Shakers Corona Girls and fellow Quakes fans at Old Pro (541 Ramona Ave., Palo Alto CA) from 7-9 p.m. tonight. The Shakers and Corona Girls will be guest bartending for the night. The event is open to all ages.
The Quakes will host a Root Beer Float Night of their own on July 13 before they take on Seattle Sounders FC. The event, sponsored by A&W, will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
Last year, the Quakes raised $10,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
A few Quakes players will pay a visit to the oncology wing at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital tomorrow. Sam Cronin, Shea Salinas and Medhi Ballouchy will hang out with the oncology units' patients to brighten their day. We will have a video up after the visit.
In the meantime, check out last year's video of Salinas and Chris Wondowloski's visit:
As the Quakes rev up for Cali Clasico, Quakes President Dave Kaval and midfielder Sam Cronin will preview the eagerly- anticipated match on Yahoo! Sports Talk Live this week.
First up, President Kaval will join host Jim Kozimor at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Sam Cronin will follow suit and be on the program at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Tune in to Comcast Sports Net for both interviews and don't miss Quakes v. Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on Saturday.
Good news Quakes fans! We're offering up a special #CaliClasico ticket deal for all of our Twitter followers:
Follow us on Twitter and get an awesome, discounted ticket for this year's must-see match. Let's beat LA!
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— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 25, 2013
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) June 22, 2013
It was a beautiful weekend for a little soccer at the San Jose Earthquakes 4v4 tournament presented by Wells Fargo.
More than 110 teams made their way to Cesar Chavez Elementary in East Palo Alto for the fun. Quakes players Tommy Muller and Ty Harden were also on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
Each tournament player received a ticket to a Quakes home game and an official tournament t-shirt. Quakes associate partners 7UP, Xfinity and SoccerEarKraze were in attendance with freebies for attendees.
Wells Fargo made sure that all of the participants were hydrated with complimentary water.
Girls U10: Livermore Young Guns
Girls U12: Hollister Tremors
Girls U13: Impact Futsal Impact 99
Boys U8: Hayward Tecos Oro
Boys U9: US Sports Coaching
Boys U10: Salinas All Stars
Boys U11: Impact Futsal Fuego 01
Boys U12: Koras
Boys U13: Mexico Soccer League
Boys U14: Peru F.C.
Boys U17: Elite RYSC
Coed Open: Picazo
Mens Open: Valedores F.C.
Missed out on the action? Don't worry. Our second 4v4 tournament of the summer will be held on August 10 in Hayward. Sign up here.
Adam Jahn is one talented kid. The rookie already has four goals to his name and shows no sign of slowing down. We decided to capitalize on his magic touch and take him back to Stanford- where he's a student- to shake things up a bit before #CaliClasico (get it? Earthquakes are shaky).
The result was way better than we expected. Everything Jahn touched turned blue and ended up in a blue afro.
Help us Quake out Stanford University on Saturday. Get your tickets to Quakes vs. Galaxy while you can.
Fresh off their first road win of the season, The Quakes head to Washington D.C. this weekend looking to bag three more points from Saturday's match against last-place D.C. United. Here's what you should know ahead of the game:
1. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday. Catch it on CSNCA and 1590 KLI. Watch it with fellow Quakes fans at one of our Preferred Pub Partners.
2. D.C. United is off to a rough start and have just one win in 15 games. Their six points puts them at the bottom of league standings and makes them an easy target for ridicule. However, don't rule out the black and red. Their roster touts the likes of veteran midfielder Dwayne De Rosario and U.S. International goalkeeper Bill Hamid. D.C. most recently fell 2-1 to Toronto FC last weekend at home.
3. The boys are back in town! Victor Bernardez and Martin Chavez have rejoined the Quakes and will be available for the match. Bernardez and Chavez have been with the Honduran National Team in recent weeks for World Cup Qualifying. Last weekend's victory over the Colorado Rapids also marked the first time key players Alan Gordon, Chris Wondolowski and Steven Lenhart all started together.
4. This game marks Mark Watson's second match as the interim head coach of the Quakes. While Watson is sticking to the 4-4-2 formation employed by Frank Yallop, Look for a more possession-oriented style a play on the field.
5. The Earthquakes and D.C. United have plenty of connections. To name a few:
- De Rosario began his MLS career with the Quakes in 2001. From 2001-2005, De Ro notched 27 goals and 31 assists. He also helped lead the Quakes to two MLS Cup championships in '01 and '03.
- De Rosario, Nana Attakora, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter are capped Canadian Internationals.
- Brandon McDonald spent three seasons with San Jose from 2009-2011.
Rafa Baca stopped by the Kick, Lead and Dream Soccer Camp at Cherry Chase Elementary on Wednesday to talk to the campers about overcoming adversity and finding success.
Baca shared his inspiring journey as a Mexican immigrant that moved to the states to attend school and become a successful soccer player. Baca stressed the importance of education and college as the key to achieving your dreams.
At the end of his speech, Baca led the kids in chanting "Si Se Puede!" which translates to "Yes We Can!" in English.
The Kick, Lead and Dream Initiative is a program where motivated teenagers serve as role models to at-risk kids. The fun day camp provides an opportunity for the kids to hone their soccer skills while learning leadership skills from the teen mentors. To find out more on the program visit: http://kldsoccer.com/