Last night, history was made yet again for the USMNT. It was another #DosACero type of night at Crew Stadium in Columbus. With their victory over Mexico and the Honduras-Panama draw, the USMNT's dreams of earning a berth to their seventh straight World Cup were fulfilled.
Right in the middle of it all was Quakes defender Clarence Goodson. After being called in on just Saturday by head man Klinsmann, Goodson put in a solid 90 minutes for the national team squad - anchoring the defense well and causing havoc in US set pieces.
Nothing but praise for the Quakes man from the critics, either. Check out the most recent player ratings here.
Just a few days ago, Clarence Goodson was called in by USMNT head man Jurgen Klinsmann to join the squad ahead of tonight's crucial World Cup Qualifier against Mexico.
Goodson, who most recently featured for the Red, White and Blue during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, is a veteran to USMNT World Cup squad. Having been on the 2010 World Cup roster, Goodson is no stranger to playing a key role for the USMNT's backline. He has earned 42 caps and three goals for the national team.
Tonight, the USMNT could clinch a spot to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A victory against Mexico, and a Honduras tie or win against Panama, and the USMNT will be on their way to their seventh straight World Cup.
You can watch all the #USAvMEX action on ESPN, WatchESPN and Unimas. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT. If you can't watch live, follow @ussoccer on Twitter for live updates throughout the match.
Get those creative juices flowing, Quakes fans.
We're drawing a blank for a caption for the photo below, and we need your help.
Have any ideas? From now until tomorrow (Sept. 11) at noon, submit your most creative entry in comments on this blog post. Our favorite will win autographed Lenny and Wondo player cards.
UPDATE: We had so many creative options, but we finally have chosen our winner. Congratulations to Byron O'Brien - we like where your head's at. Incredibulus Goalus.
Did you know: Last night was amazing?
One stellar goal, three points and a clean sheet – got that. Here are a few more reasons why you should remember last night's 1-0 win against the Philadelphia Union:
- Jason Hernandez (12,238) surpassed Wade Barrett (12,218) for No. 5 on the club’s all-time minutes played
- Chris Wondolowski tied club Hall of Famer Troy Dayak for No. 9 on San Jose’s all-time appearance list with his 129th
- #Marchto200: San Jose is one win away from No. 200 in club history
- Jon Busch recorded his 72nd career clean sheet, one away from Matt Reis for No. 5 on the all-time MLS list
- Most importantly, San Jose's 16 corner kicks set a new club record (previous: 15 vs. LA on Aug. 26, 2000 and vs. Chivas USA on May 13, 2012)
June's dramatic California Clasico still leaves a sweet taste in our mouth, and we hope it gets even sweeter this weekend.
Just like MLSsoccer.com's Anatomy of a Goal, we thought we'd break down Alan Gordon's stoppage time game-winner... in GIF form - cause it's Friday, right?
1. It all started with this. It's okay to laugh. Marvin is.
2. Turns out giggles do lead to goals. That's fun:
3. Buschy celebrates.
4. Icing on the cake.
Join us for the official watch party at the Wicked Chicken in Santa Clara this weekend when the Quakes face their SoCal rivals, the LA Galaxy, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT. Tune in to CSN Plus or catch the match on 1590 KLIV or 1370 KZSF.
Every wondered what the bash brothers do when they're not on the soccer field?
We'll give you a hint:
The famed Quakes duo, Alan Gordon and Steven Lenhart, will be featured on NBC Sports Network's weekly show, MLS Insider, tonight. The hour-long special will highlight the Bash Brothers' play on and, mainly, off the pitch.
We're not one to give any spoilers... but we're pretty sure the man in the gorilla suit will make an appearance too. Tune in or set your DVRs to NBC Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. PT tonight.
We know what you're thinking. How do I get my hands on one of these perfect house pets? I mean, it's pottery based on a professional soccer player that grows. And, you can style it any way you want!
Come on, people. There really isn't anything better (unless it twerked like the real Lenny... way better than Miley may we add).
The Steven Lenhart Chia Pet is available for one time only at the Lenhart Chia Pet Night on September 8 presented by Cosmopolitan Catering. 2,500 fans who come to watch the Quakes face the Philadelphia Union at Buck Shaw Stadium will take home one of these bad boys.
What are you waiting for? Get your tickets here.
During this week in 2004, the Quakes beat the then Dallas Burn 3-0 at Spartan Stadium. Ramiro Corrales tallied the first goal of the match, pulling off a brilliant finish from Landon Donovan's assist. A Dallas own goal and a second half strike from Brian Ching, also assisted by Landon Donovan, sealed the deal for the home side.
To make the night even more memorable, the Quakes wore a throwback red kit in honor of the club's 30th anniversary.
Is this technically a throwback of a throwback? Regardless, it's Friday and history likes to repeat itself.
Ah, just another day in the life of the Steven Lenhart Chia Pet.
Just a man and his Chia Pet. Happy Friday. pic.twitter.com/0m1gORgc55
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 23, 2013
Stay tuned for a video starring the Lennys next week. And, of course, snag your own Lenny Chia Pet courtesy of Cosmopolitan Caterers on Sunday, Sept. 8 when the Quakes take on the Philadelphia Union at Buck Shaw Stadium.