U.S. Soccer invited 64 elite players from across the country to participate in the National Combine, designed to build the U-18 Men's National Team pool.
Two current Earthquakes academy players were in the mix, including goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski from Alamo, Calif. and forward Amir Bashti from Cupertino, Calif. Marcinkowski, the Quakes U-16 Academy keeper, recently competed with the squad abroad in the Caspian Cup. Bashti, a midfielder also on the Quakes' U-16 Academy team, has been ranked nationally by Topdrawersoccer.com and led the team to the playoffs earlier this Summer.
The two will travel to Portland for this year's National Combine at Nike's World Headquarters. This five day camp, running from Aug. 9-13, brings the country's elite 15 to 17 year old players together. The combine is an opportunity for the nation's top palyers to be evaluated by National Team staff and scouts from across the country.
El Pollo Loco is hosting an online competition to guess the score of the August 31st Earthquakes game vs. LA Galaxy. You can enter to win the Grand Prize by simply submitting how many goals the Earthquakes will score, how many goals (if any) LA Galaxy will score and your personal information.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive Twelve 8-piece El Pollo Loco Family meals, 4 tickets to the Earthquakes September 8th home game, 4 pre-game VIP hospitality tickets, 4 pre-game field passes, post-game meet and greet for 4 people, and 1 team autographed jersey. There will also be a prize for the 10 Runners Up! Each individual will receive twelve 8-piece El Pollo Loco Family Meals.
The last day to submit is August 31st, at 7 pm, just in time for kick off! Click here for more details.
Chris Wondolowski isn't the only Quake to earn praise for a noteworthy performance in Week 23. Victor Bernardez and Clarence Goodson are both nominated for top defender of the week for their solid performances in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Chivas USA.
Bernardez and Goodson both anchored a back line that kept a clean sheet against the attacking-style Chivas USA.
Be sure to vote for the duo here.
In just his first week back following a whirlwind month with the U.S. Men's National Team, 2013 MLS All-Star Chris Wondolowski is already making headlines with his two-goal performance that led the Quakes to a shutout victory over Chivas USA last Saturday.
Wondo's brace put him amongst Major League Soccer's Top 3 Performers of the Week. Check out highlights from his superb performance here:
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) August 4, 2013
Since Chris Wondolowski sported his misspelled jersey on the Men’s National Team and scored a hat trick, he has been superstitious about carrying around that extra W for every game.
So of course, Quakes equipment manager Jose Vega surprised Wondo with an extra W on his kit when he returned to Buck Shaw. Superstitious it may be, but we do not doubt it.
Wondo led the quakes to victory over the Chivas by scoring the two goals of the game. Needless to say, ff it is working for him, we do not mind supplying as many extra W’s as he wants.
It was Shelby Humphrey’s birthday wish to attend a Quakes home game to see her favorite player, Chris Wondolowski.
To make this happen, she saved her allowance and any extra funds she could find since March of this year, naming it the “Wondo Fund.” Shelby ended up collecting the funds needed to purchase a ticket for her and was able to celebrate her special day with the Quakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. Shelby’s friend wrote a poem for her about her favorite Wondo.
It was a night to remember - not only was she able to see her favorite team dominate on the field, but after the game, Wondo signed the poem and posed for a photo.
Happy birthday, Shelby!
For Chris Wondolowski’s big return back to Buck Shaw Stadium after his world travels, he was not only welcomed home with open arms by fans, but also by his family. This was the first time that Wondolowski’s grandfather has seen him play at home in Santa Clara.
This was a special moment for both of them because his grandfather, who flew in from Oklahoma, was in attendance to see Wondo’s two goals for the 2-0 win over Chivas USA.
Enjoying watching the @RAIDERS training camp right now. They are putting in the work and looking sharp.
— Chris Wondolowski (@ChrisWondo) August 4, 2013
Gold Cup ----> MLS All-Star ----> Buck Shaw ---> Oakland Raiders training camp?
Wondo's been a busy guy lately, but that didn't keep him from stop by the Raiders' training camp in Napa on Sunday.
He even got to hang out with kicker Sebastian Janikowski after training.
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) August 4, 2013
Fans pack Buck Shaw to see Wondo's return, Goodson and Alas' debuts and the Quakes victory over Chivas USA.
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Remember tomorrow's kickoff for Quakes vs. Chivas USA is at 7 p.m. PT. Arrive early to snag your swag.