After defeating the Seattle Sounders and Crossfire Premier and tying the Cal Odyssey, the San Jose Earthquakes U-18 team secured a wildcard spot in the 2013 playoffs. The team will be making its first appearance in the USSDA playoffs since becoming an academy program.
The team is led by co-captains Jesse Morales and Trevor Long, Roberto Mendoza, Bryce Clark, Isaiah Dargan, and leading-scorer Elisama Padilla.
The Earthquakes finished the season fourth in the Northwest Division with a record of 16-11-1. The team’s defense, anchored by Long and Dargan, allowed the second fewest goals in the division behind only the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps. Padilla (15) and Morales (10) have accounted for 25 of the team’s 62 goals.
The playoffs will be held at FC Dallas Park from June 24-27. The team will be riding a hot streak into the postseason as they finished the season 4-1-1 and outscored opponents 16-6 over their last six games.
Major League Soccer is looking for people who have demonstrated leadership and a willingness to better their community.
Until June 20, the Earthquakes are accepting nominations for people who have made a difference to the San Jose community. Fans can nominate themselves or someone else and have the opportunity to win great prizes.
If selected, our Earthquakes Community MVP will win tickets to a home game, recognition during the game, club merchandise and an autographed item! In addition, our winner will compete for a Grand Prize with the MVP’s of the other 18 MLS organizations. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Also, the winner and a guest will win round-trip airfare for two to Kansas City, two-night hotel stay, two tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park and much more.
The nominator of the Grand Prize winner will receive the same fantastic gift package so send in those nominations!
For full details and entry form, click here.
Alonso Hernandez in for Morris up front, Kendall McIntosh in goal for the U.S.
— Travis Clark (@travismclark) June 1, 2013
Former Quakes Academy Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh helped the United States Under-20 National Team pitch a shutout against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1. The match, taking place in Nice, France, was the team’s third Group A match of the Toulon Tournament. The United States improves to 1-2-0 in group play with one game remaining. The fourth and final match of will be on June 5 against Korea Republic (0-1-1).
Also making national team news is current Quakes Academy goalkeeper, JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski played in goal for the United States Under-17 National Team and helped lead them to a 3-1 finish at the Caspian Cup.
I will remember that experience for the rest of my life
— JT Marcinkowski (@JT_Marcinkowski) June 1, 2013
Great way to finish off the tournament 5-2 victory against Uzbekistan
— JT Marcinkowski (@JT_Marcinkowski) June 4, 2013