A stellar performance by the Earthquakes Pre-Academy team in the CalNorth State Cup brought home the Boys U13 title on Saturday. The team, coached by Jeff Jenkins, battled against a strong San Jose FC (SJFC) side in the final to take a 3-0 victory on Saturday at the Morgan Hill Outdoor Sports Complex.
The win marked the first U.S. Youth Soccer CalNorth State Cup championship for the team and earned a spot in the USYSA Regional Championships alongside the Earthquakes U 14 Pre-Academy team. The Regional Championships will be held in New Mexico in June 15th-22nd of this year.
The Quakes opened the match by controlling most of the play, creating scoring chances early on and keeping possession in the SJFC offensive half of the field. However the half ended scoreless as the Quakes were unable to capitalize despite dominating possession. In the second half, the Quakes suffered a setback in the 42nd minute as midfielder Tony Ruiz got his second yellow. Now playing with only 10 men the Quakes responded to the adversity in perfect fashion, not letting up and continuing to search for the winning goal. 20 minutes into the second half their efforts paid off as Quakes midfielder Fabian Rodriguez blasted a 40 yard shot into the back of the net to give the Quakes the late lead. Two more goals by Oscar Govea and Nathan Arnott clinched the title as the match finished 3-0. "The boys were fantastic and deserved it,” said coach Jeff Jenkins. “We are very proud of these boys, who have put so much time and energy into developing their talent,” said Jenkins. “Our players' hard work was rewarded. We will enjoy this for a couple days and then begin preparing for Regionals in New Mexico this June.”
The USYSA Far West Regional Championship will be held next June in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will feature the champions from fourteen western states, including clubs from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Both teams also have been granted automatic qualification into the prestigious US Youth Soccer National League for the 2014-2015 season.
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.
The guy can fly.
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.
Remember that time that Ellen broke the internet with a selfie at the Oscars?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
So does our hysterical technical staff.
— Dave Kaval (@QuakesPrez) March 5, 2014