Wondo had quite the surprise at training today.
And by quite the surprise, we mean 365 days of free Chipotle to use at his disposal. Thanks to a league partnership with the restuarant, he is a chosen one to rock the Chipotle Celebrity Card - a card given to professional athletes that grants them free burritos, bowls or salads for a year.
Wondo was presented the card by Saadia Morales, Marketing Strategist for Chipotle SF/Bay Area, and Josh Pinheiro, Area Manager for Chipotle SF/ Bay Area. Needless to say, he was very surprised and verrryy grateful to have one whole year of happy eating ahead.
If you've been to Buck Shaw in the past two years, you already know the golden rule about watching an Earthquakes game: you can't leave early.
Considering that we've had not one but two 95th minute equalizers in the past week, that #neversaydie mentality is alive and well this season.
Still don't believe in Goonie Magic? Let us give you the facts:
In the past two years, we've claimed 17 stoppage-time goals in all competitions. 15 of those produced a win or a tie. Since the start of 2012, we've had 34 goals in MLS play tallied in the 76th minute or later and we're 15-0-10 when scoring past the 76th minute marker.
- 9 second-half stoppage-time goals in regular season, an MLS record (plus one more during first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal vs. LA.)
- 6-0-3 when we scored in second-half stoppage time
- 5 goals in second-half stoppage-time
- 2-0-2 when we scored in second-half stoppage time
Numbers don't lie. Next time you're at a Quakes match, don't leave before the final whistle. You never know what could happen.
We may be in Mexico this week, but that doesn't mean you can't watch our CCL quarterfinal with other Quakes fans!
Join us on Wednesday at the downtown Britannia Arms for the official watch party. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT against Toluca and will be shown on Fox Sports 2 and Univision Deportes Network.
We will need a win or at least two goals in a draw to advance to the semifinals. You definitely won't want to miss this crucial game. See you on Wednesday!
Tomorrow. 24 hours. It all begins again when we host Real Salt Lake for our season opener (TICKETS). We're back for another great MLS season, and we can't wait to see you.
Here are 4 .GIFs to get this party started; 4 important reasons why you should be incredibly excited for another crazy MLS season:
1. Games like this:
California Clasico at Stanford Stadium. 50,000 strong. Need we say more?
2. Goals like this:
Sure we know this one isn't technically MLS - but come on, a 95th minute equalizer in our CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal AND in our first game at Buck Shaw in 2014? Go on, Goonies.
3. Celebrations like this:
We could watch this one all day.
4. Memories like this:
#ThankYouRamiro: The last-standing MLS Original Ramiro Corrales exits the pitch for the final time in his 18-year professional career.
Coming to our season opener on Saturday?
You're in for a special gift courtesy of match presenting sponsor Visa. 10,000 fans in attendance will receive this Earthquakes World Cup poster.
Tickets are still available to Quakes vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. PT.
#QuakesGameFace Update: Jordan Stewart has his down pat.
Here are a few of our favorites so far:
— Laura Blanch (@munchiebl) March 11, 2014
— wrxdrew (@wrxdrew) March 11, 2014
— Katie Carey (@KCarey16) March 11, 2014
— Phillip Luna (@phillipluna) March 11, 2014
1. Because it's our first HUGE test of 2014
It's CONCACAF Champions League. We're not only playing for our club, but for our country here. As Clarence Goodson puts it, "any time you have a chance to play in an international tournament, it's an honor." With a chance to advance to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, you bet the Quakes are going to take this one seriously.
2. Because it's a fortress
Yes - while we are anxiously awaiting the completion of our brand new home - we can't forget that good ole Buck Shaw has been pretty great to us in the past. Just take our record there: we're on a 19-game unbeaten streak in all competitions. And if that's not good enough, over the last 38 matches we've played there, we've only lost twice. This stat includes matches against international competition like San Luis FC, Norwich City and Swansea City. So yeah, it's a fortress and we need you to continue to make it that way.
3. Did we mention it's CONCACAF Champions League?
It's our chance to test ourselves against the 10-time Liga MX Champions Toluca. What better way to start off 2014 than to upset the top-seeded Mexican side at home? We're going to come out with all guns firing before we head to Toluca for the second leg of the quarterfinal on March 11.
Get your tickets now, in case you haven't already. You're not going to want to miss this one.
Only 5 days until regular season starts back up. So we have one question for you - have you perfected your #QuakesGameFace?
Prove it. From now until Friday, tweet yours using the hashtag #QuakesGameFace for a chance to win two tickets to our MLS home opener vs. Real Salt Lake on Saturday PLUS a post-game photo opportunity with an Earthquake.
Going to our CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Toluca on Tuesday? Even more reason to show up with a #QuakesGameFace.
Bring it, Quakes fans. We can't wait to see you again.
Here's a game-changer:
According to a recent post on MLSsoccer.com, Major League Soccer has officially caught up to Major League Baseball in the percentage of adolescents who claim to be avid fans of their respective leagues.
Not significant enough for you?
The article goes on to say that this age group is undoubtedly the hardest to win over. They're at an age where they are following everything and consuming it all at once. Better yet, they are on the cusp of entering the working force, having disposable income and lots of free time to support their teams.
Taking this knowledge and adding it to the fact that MLS is only 19 years old - while MLB stands at a ripe age of 145 - this is great news for our league and its future growth in the United States.
Oh, and did we mention its a World Cup year? Yeah, things are only going up from here.
Be sure to check out the full article on MLSsoccer.com.
Today's international date marks another chance for Victor "Muma" Bernardez and the Honduran National Team to get one more tune-up before they had to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Los Catrachos host Venezuela for a friendly today in San Pedro Sula; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT.
Venezuela has only won one of their last 14 games on the road. Honduras, on the other hand, has been in good home form lately - defeating the United States and drawing Mexico on their way to qualifying for the World Cup.
A mainstay for Los Catrachos' defensive line, Bernardez has been a regular call-up for nearly a decade and was a crucial part of their 2014 World Cup qualifiying. The consistent center back made one appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Honduras, playing the full 90 in a scoreless draw against Switzerland.
It's expected that he'll be starting for the Honduras squad come this World Cup, though. Los Catrachos first face France at the World Cup this summer and will continue Group E play against Ecuador and Switzerland.