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paul dewhurst

27 June 4:16 pm

Not only do we believe that we can win, the Bay Area believes that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is the hottest sporting event of the summer.  

San Francisco was ranked as the 10th largest market in the country with a 7.2 rating for ESPN’s USA vs. Germany telecast. After the match, San Francisco stood as third largest viewing market in the country for World Cup matches on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ABC with a 3.5 rating.

After a record-breaking audience of 18.22 million viewers for the United States 2-2 draw with Portugal on Sunday, June 22, ESPN recorded the second highest-rated men’s World Cup match in a 1-0 loss to Germany on Thursday, June 26 with an average minute audience of more than 12 million people across ESPN’s television, digital and audio platforms.

The United States marches on to the Round of 16 of the World Cup against Belgium on Tuesday, July 1 at 1:00 p.m. PT in Salvador.

News hits: 

SF Chronicle

San Jose Mercury

NBC Bay Area

09 June 3:38 pm

With seven days left before the United States' first match in Brazil, U.S. Soccer has released a compilation of 23 feature videos called “One Nation One Team. 23 Stories.” This video series provides personal vignettes showcasing each player’s off-the-field personality and individual experiences that have shaped them into the players and men they have become today. Follow Quakes own Chris Wondolowski and the rest of the U.S. Men’s National team throughout the tournament with U.S. Soccer!

08 June 4:38 am

Somewhere in Jacksonville, Harry Nilsson’s classic track “Best Friend” is playing over a passing drill between Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis.

A bromance has rekindled in the build up to Brazil as the two best friends and United States teammates continue their preparation for a June 16 bout against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.

Wondolowski and Davis were teammates with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and with the Dynamo from 2006-09. Both stars in Major League Soccer, Wondolowski and Davis were invited to the 30-man U.S. National team camp in Palo Alto and later added to the 23-man World Cup roster on May 22. Just days after punching their ticket to Brazil, both shared a sideline suite with their families at Buck Shaw Stadium for a game between the Quakes and the Dynamo.

Talk about a bonding experience.

According to Fox Sports, both vacation together with their families in the offseason with Mexico as a typical destination.

The annual Wondolowski and Davis family vacation will take its next stop in Brazil as the two get set to represent their country at the world’s biggest stage. Instead of stepping onto the Mexican coast, Wondolowski and Davis will be stepping onto the pitch for their country, the most memorable “vacation” yet for these two best friends. 

02 May 11:39 am

Santa Clara men’s soccer goalkeeper and San Jose Earthquakes academy product Kendall McIntosh was invited to the U-21 U.S. National Team training camp last week at the U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif. McIntosh was joined by Stanford forward Jordan Morris as the only two non-professional players selected for the 21-player camp. The Sonoma native played in the second half of a 2-1 win against Mexican amateur side Club Tijuana. This was the first time McIntosh had been called up for under-21 duties after impressive stints with the U-20s and U-17s.

While playing for the U-20’s, McIntosh made three starts and played in four games heading into the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 2012, he played 495 minutes in six starts, accumulating a 3-1-0 record and a 1.00 goals-against average.

In two years with the U-17’s, McIntosh appeared in the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in Jamaica, posting two clean sheets against Jamaica and Canada and a win against El Salvador to help the USA advance to the FIFA-U17 World Cup in Mexico. 

02 May 11:32 am

The maturation of Earthquakes rookie JJ Koval in the second month of the 2014 MLS season challenges the notion of an adjustment period for first-year players in the league.

The 21-year old Stanford product has become a fixture in the Quakes midfield in the month of April, logging 295 minutes in six games as a rookie, second only to Chicago Fire rookie Harry Shipp (448). After recording 120 minutes in a CONCACAF quarterfinal loss to Toluca on March 19, Koval transitioned from a gameday substitute in the first four MLS fixtures to a starting midfielder in the last two matches against Colorado on April 19 and Chivas USA on April 26.

In light of the rookies’ emergence, Major League Soccer bumped Koval to number two in the MLS Rookie Rankings, up from number five just a week earlier. After earning a 1-0 win against Chivas USA in Week 8, Soccer By Ives named Koval the SBI MLS Rookie of the Week, only the second rookie in the 2014 season to be honored.  

For the ninth overall selection in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, success has derived from an unshaken poise on the field, a quality habitually absent in first-year players. Koval’s veteran savvy is a direct result of his vocal leadership, unshaken versatility both in the midfield and defense, and growing reputation as a hard-nosed defensive juggernaut.

After a strong showing in the month of April, Koval is positioned for a bright month of May. The Quakes open the third month of the season with three matches in eight days, two of which will be played at Buck Shaw Stadium. After conceding only one goal in the last three games, Koval will look to anchor the Quakes midfield in search of consecutive three point matches, all in a day’s work for one of the most promising rookies in MLS.