Stadium construction has officially begun (see photographic evidence below).
— Dave Kaval (@QuakesPrez) February 20, 2013
The first permits for construction on the new stadium site have been approved and fans can expect to see prep work at 1125 Coleman Ave. as early as next week. The group handling the site prep is Campanella in conjunction with the project's general contractor, Devcon Construction.
Per the club's initial timeline, site prep wasn't scheduled to begin until Thursday, Feb. 28, but club president Dave Kaval confirmed that fans could see action on the site as early as Monday. Construction equipment is now on site.
Penalties and flying karate kicks - that's what you'll get out of this entertaining set of videos with Paul Pabst (Dan Patrick Show), Steven Lenhart, Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union) and Drew Moor (Colorado Rapids).
Steven Lenhart, Chris Wondolowski and a group of other MLS stars were in New York last week for a preseason media tour. Take a look below for clips from Lenhart's visit to The Dan Patrick Show with Paul Pabst.
Strike a pose.
That's Steven Lenhart on the left with Paul Pabst (unfortunately donning a Timbers FC kit - we won't hold it against him) of The Dan Patrick Show, Michael Farfan and Drew Moor doing their best to look like heroes.
Lenhart was in New York for a media tour earlier this week along with Chris Wondolowski and a host of other MLS stars. One of the stops included this shoot with Pabst, an avid soccer fan and producer for The Dan Patrick Show.
Keep an eye out for a video with Lenny & Co. One hint to what it entails:
@sjearthquakes Wait until you see the video of Steven Lenhart going cleats up into my shoulder. Just days away.
— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) February 14, 2013
By the way, what do fans think of Lenhart's new 'do?
San Jose Earthquakes club partner Tottenham Hotspur has sent another promising prospect across the pond, the Mercury News confirmed Tuesday.
John Bostock, the youngest player in Spurs' club history and a former English U-17 captain, arrived in camp with the Earthquakes over the weekend. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder began his Spurs career at 16 years, 295 days, entering as a substitute in a UEFA Cup group match against Dinamo Zagreb at White Hart Lane on Nov. 6, 2008. He has since spent time with Brentford, Hull City and Swindon Town on loans.
In case you haven't heard of the once-lauded starlet, the Daily Mail summed it up in this feature article. San Jose might be the perfect spot for Bostock after seeing Simon Dawkins ressurect his career during a two-year loan spell in 2011 and 2012.
Dawkins tallied 14 goals and three assists in 53 appearances during his time in San Jose. After helping the Earthquakes to the club's second Supporters' Shield trophy, he joined Aston Villa on loan for the remainder of the 2012-13 English Premier League season, making his first appearance on Sunday in a 2-1 Villa win.
Reclamation projects have become a specialty for the Earthquakes in recent years.
Reigning Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable player Chris Wondolowski has flourished under head coach Frank Yallop, leading the league in goals for three-consecutive years after finding the net just seven times in his first five professional seasons. Thirty-one-year-old forward Alan Gordon posted career highs with 13 goals and seven assists in 2012 and earned his first cap with the U.S. Men's National Team. The list of success stories goes on.
While no formal agreement has been reached, Bostock's arrival in San Jose could be the next chapter in an ongoing relationship with Tottenham Hotspur. Friends with benefits, indeed.
Get the hard hats ready, it's construction time at the new stadium site!
Lauren Hepler of the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported yesterday that the club will begin work on their new stadium site on Tuesday, Feb. 26. Club president Dave Kaval initially made the announcement at a community dinner on Tuesday and confirmed details with the SVBJ on Wednesday.
The Earthquakes broke ground on their new stadium in Guinness World Record fashion on Oct. 21 with 6,256 shoveling dirt simultaneously for two minutes. The club had always targeted a late February start to construction and remains on target to open the facility at the start of the 2014 season.
Fans will be able to keep tabs on the construction through a web cam courtesy of EarthCam, the same group who worked with the Houston Dynamo on their new stadium. Keep an eye out for more details about the web cam.
Who's ready for a road trip?
The Earthquakes are on their way to their second home aka the Central Coast on Saturday. On tap is a match against the Chicago Fire at UC Santa Barbara's Harder Stadium at 6 p.m. PT (BUY TICKETS).
Now, as a Cal Poly grad I have biased opinions about UC Santa Barbara. That being said, they know how to do soccer on the Central Coast (See: Blue-Green Rivalry and fans storming the field). And, a drive down the 101 to CenCal isn't exactly torture.
If you are planning to make the trip, here's a few tips to keep in mind (and, if you want a more Santa Barbara-slanted perspective, be sure to Tweet @SamGarza17):
Lodging: Travelzoo has this deal available in Los Osos ($159 for one night, dinner and a bottle of wine). Los Osos is west of San Luis Obispo and tacks on an extra 40 minutes of total travel, but you're right on the coast and close to a popular tourist spot, Morro Bay.
Other spots worth considering include: San Luis Obispo (1 hour, 30 minutes from UCSB), Pismo Beach (1 hour, 20 minutes from UCSB) or Solvang (45 minutes from UCSB). If you're thinking about Pismo Beach, also take a look at Avila Beach; it's a hidden gem about 10 minutes north of Pismo.
Food: Two words: tri-tip. The Central Coast does beef and you can be sure if you stop at Firestone's in San Luis Obispo, you'll be back.
San Luis Obispo - Firestone Grill (get the tri-tip sandwich and a side of fries, thank me later), Pizza Solo (the best pie in town and the Solo Stix are on point), Louisa's Place (breakfast spot in Downtown SLO with big portions and plenty to choose from)
Pismo Beach - Splash Cafe (famous for its clam chowder), Del's Italian Restaurant (actually located in Shell Beach, sit-down spot with lasagna that rivals any mom's home cooking), F. McClintock's Saloon & Dining House (steakhouse in Shell Beach with the most talented wait staff in the Golden State)
Sunday Adventures: On your way back to the Bay, make sure to drop by at least one of the aforementioned eateries and check out the outdoor scene. Inspiration Point in Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Morro Rock, Hearst Castle, Bishop's Peak in San Luis Obispo - you can pull of the road just about anywhere and find something worth laying eyes on.
It wasn't a dream start for the U.S., but let's slow down on the doomsday scenarios. Life on the road in the Hex ain't easy.
In case you missed the match, here's a snapshot courtesy of US Soccer. Included is that unreal bicycle kick from Juan Carlos Garcia (a play that originated with Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez).
It's that time again, soccer fans.
By the end of World Cup Qualification, there will undoubtedly be more Americans rocking a Michael Bradley hairdo than ever before - either as an iconic tribute or a sign of the grueling process that is hexagonal play.
It all kicks off in Honduras at Estadio Olimpico today (1 p.m. PT / beIN Sport). Earthquakes fans will recognize one familiar face suiting up: center back Victory Bernardez.
No idea what the hex entails? What should the U.S. expect in San Sula? Need some insight as to why Hondurans love Jonathan Bornstein?
KICKTV has all of that and more in a brilliantly produced match preview. Check it out!
As a March Madness maniac, I was ecstatic when I heard that Gus Johnson aka My Passion Bucket is Full (See: Passion Bucket) was signing on to broadcast a few Earthquakes games over the radio in 2012.
Not to gush, but the guy is a living legend in my circle. If I scored a game-winning three to win an NCAA Championship, I would want Gus on the call. No play-by-play brings more energy to a game. Nobody.
That's why I was thrilled to see Sports Illustrated's report today that Gus is being groomed to be Fox's voice of the World Cup in 2018. Even as a soccer rookie in the booth last season, you could see glimmers of what the guy is capable of.
"Game tied at one ... Chavez, trying to maneuver on the far touchline ... still handling ... left foot ... cross, Lenhart - OH AND HE HEADS IT IN!"
Sign me up for some Gus Johnson in 2018. Rise and fire.