Saturday was another memorable day at the office for the Earthquakes what with another Goonie moment courtesy of Sam Cronin(ja) & Co. However, the most touching storyline goes to Marcus Tracy making his MLS debut after more than three years away from first team competition.
The former Hermann Trophy winner at Wake Forest took his game to Aalborg BK out of college, but knee injuries forced his career to take a detour. In fact, his last first team appearance came on Dec. 5, 2009 in a 2-0 Aalborg loss against Sonderjyske (he did make a handful of reserve appearances in 2010).
Count it up and Tracy's 76th-minute substitution for Marvin Chavez was his first senior team appearance in 1,246 days or 3 years, 4 months and 29 days. In other words, the last time he suited up, President Barack Obama was wrapping up Year 1 in his new house, iPads had yet to hit the market and, fortunately, Bieber Fever wasn't quite a thing yet.
Tweet at this guy and welcome him back: @MarcusGTracy.
The accolades (?) keep coming for Earthquakes mascot Q and UFC fighter Luke Rockhold. This morning, the duo received co-No. 1 honors in ESPN SportsCenters' Not Top 10 for their "Mascot Hit in the Groin by Soccer Ball" affair from last weekend's ceremonial first goal.
The video is up against New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and his infamous "Butt Fumble" for Worst of the Worst. To vote, follow this link and click "SportsCenter: Worst of the Worst" on the left column.
UFC fighter Luke Rockhold might not have scored the ceremonial "First Goal" on Saturday, but the judges gave him a unanimous decision after drilling Earthquakes mascot 'Q' in the groin with his shot.
Rumor has it 'Q' was demanding a re-match in the Octogon after the incident to exact his revenge.
How much paperwork goes into building a stadium? Enough that you need a dolly to drag it all into City Hall.
Club president Dave Kaval did just that on Wednesday, offering up a few trees worth of building documents for the City of San Jose to peruse over the coming weeks.
In the meantime, prep work continues at the site.
— Dave Kaval (@QuakesPrez) March 27, 2013
How far will fans be from the field when the San Jose Earthquakes open their new stadium? Quite simply, not far.
Here's a comparitve look at the rakes of various venues from around the league:
Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski is back to baffling opposing defenses. His nifty trap-and-fire from Saturday won the Earthquakes three points and is nominated for AT&T Goal of the week.
Fans can click here to vote and/or text G4 to 22442. Voting is open until 11:59:59 p.m. PT on Thursday.
Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow scored his second career MLS goal on Saturday, equalizing in the 73rd minute of a 1-1 draw in Columbus. Even better, MLSsoccer.com's Greg Lalas breaks gave the strike some love in this week's Anatomy of a Goal.
Take a look below to see the build up to @jmo_row_15's impressive finish:
The Stanford product came off the bench to equalize for San Jose in the 83rd minute and earned a game-winning penalty in the Earthquakes' 2-1 result against New York on Sunday. Now he's up against Daigo Kobayashi (VAN), Hassoun Camara (MTL), Jamie Smith (COL) and Juan Agudelo (CHV) for weekly honors.
Fans can click here to vote or text G5 to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the Goal of the Week - including an archive of Week's 1 winner - click here.
Chris Wondolowski does more than score goals and sign Designate Player contracts. He's also one of the faces of Nike's N7, a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Native Americans.
Grab a copy of Thursday's edition of the USA Today or click the image or this link to find out more.
Stadium construction has officially begun (see photographic evidence below).