After defeating the Seattle Sounders and Crossfire Premier and tying the Cal Odyssey, the San Jose Earthquakes U-18 team secured a wildcard spot in the 2013 playoffs. The team will be making its first appearance in the USSDA playoffs since becoming an academy program.
The team is led by co-captains Jesse Morales and Trevor Long, Roberto Mendoza, Bryce Clark, Isaiah Dargan, and leading-scorer Elisama Padilla.
The Earthquakes finished the season fourth in the Northwest Division with a record of 16-11-1. The team’s defense, anchored by Long and Dargan, allowed the second fewest goals in the division behind only the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps. Padilla (15) and Morales (10) have accounted for 25 of the team’s 62 goals.
The playoffs will be held at FC Dallas Park from June 24-27. The team will be riding a hot streak into the postseason as they finished the season 4-1-1 and outscored opponents 16-6 over their last six games.
Major League Soccer is looking for people who have demonstrated leadership and a willingness to better their community.
Until June 20, the Earthquakes are accepting nominations for people who have made a difference to the San Jose community. Fans can nominate themselves or someone else and have the opportunity to win great prizes.
If selected, our Earthquakes Community MVP will win tickets to a home game, recognition during the game, club merchandise and an autographed item! In addition, our winner will compete for a Grand Prize with the MVP’s of the other 18 MLS organizations. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice. Also, the winner and a guest will win round-trip airfare for two to Kansas City, two-night hotel stay, two tickets to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park and much more.
The nominator of the Grand Prize winner will receive the same fantastic gift package so send in those nominations!
For full details and entry form, click here.
Listen up, Quakes fans:
The Quakes and adidas invite you to a special autograph signing Saturday June 8 at the Redwood City Pro Soccer from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Come meet Quake players Sam Garza, Alan Gordon, Justin Morrow, David Bingham and Shea Salinas, and enjoy fun games, snacks and music. Players will be signing autographs from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Added bonus: with the purchase of the new adidas nitrocharge 1.0 and Predator Lethal Zone footwear at the event, you will receive 2 tickets to see the Earthquakes take on the LA Galaxy on June 29th at Stanford Stadium, while supplies last.
Don't miss this exciting opportunity. See you at the Redwood City Pro Soccer on June 8!
Alonso Hernandez in for Morris up front, Kendall McIntosh in goal for the U.S.
— Travis Clark (@travismclark) June 1, 2013
Former Quakes Academy Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh helped the United States Under-20 National Team pitch a shutout against the Democratic Republic of Congo on June 1. The match, taking place in Nice, France, was the team’s third Group A match of the Toulon Tournament. The United States improves to 1-2-0 in group play with one game remaining. The fourth and final match of will be on June 5 against Korea Republic (0-1-1).
Also making national team news is current Quakes Academy goalkeeper, JT Marcinkowski. Marcinkowski played in goal for the United States Under-17 National Team and helped lead them to a 3-1 finish at the Caspian Cup.
I will remember that experience for the rest of my life
— JT Marcinkowski (@JT_Marcinkowski) June 1, 2013
Great way to finish off the tournament 5-2 victory against Uzbekistan
— JT Marcinkowski (@JT_Marcinkowski) June 4, 2013
There has been a lot of heavy lifting at the new stadium site these past few weeks.
As Quakes' President Kaval noted in his update, the construction crew has been working hard to dig up the deep foundation from the old FMC site.
Just check out the photos below:
Stay up to date with all the new stadium progress. Visit our live webcam daily.
Middle names revealed: Alan Gordon, Chris Wondolowski named to the Gold Cup preliminary USMNT roster
Quakes forwards, Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski, were named to the preliminary 35-man USMNT roster for the upcoming Gold Cup. CONCACAF revealed all twelve teams' preliminary rosters on Friday, with each roster to be trimmed down to a final 23-man version by June 27. The opening match for the Gold Cup is set for July 8.
The USMNT roster is very MLS-heavy at the moment, with players representing from the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy, D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.
Another great thing about the roster reveal? Middle names.
Another #USMNT naming revelation: He's not just Alan Gordon. He's Alan Eugene Gordon II. Greatness was preordained. We should have known.
— MLS Insider (@MLSinsider) May 31, 2013
Find out Wondo's middle name and the rest of the preliminary rosters here.
Quakes U16 Academy Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and the U-17 USMNT participate in the 2013 Caspian Cup. fb.me/1TBsgqfOi
— SJEarthquakesAcademy (@sjquakesacademy) May 31, 2013
U20 MNT starters: McIntosh(former @sjquakesacademy); Miller, Stanko (capt), Torre, Serna; Acosta, Trapp; Morris, Garcia, Koroma; Hernandez
— AO San Jose (@AOSanJose) May 30, 2013
One Quakes Academy player and one former Quakes Academy player have been competing for the Red, White and Blue this past week.
JT Marcinkowski, a current Academy goalkeeper from Alamo, Calif., is with the U.S. U-17 men's national team competing in the Caspian Cup in Azerbaijan. The team opened the tournament in a dominating 11-0 win against Kyrgyzstan. Marcinkowski and the U.S. next face host Azerbaijan on Saturday.
Travel to the coast of France, and former Quakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, Kendall McIntosh, started for the U-20 USMNT last night in their second match of the Toulon Tournament. After a well-fought battle, the U.S. ended up falling to Columbia 2-1. The Toulon Tournament is the last chance for the team to play together before they head to the U-20 World Cup in Turkey later this summer.
For more information on the Earthquakes Academy, make sure to follow them on Twitter at @SJQuakesAcademy.
Tonight marks the first match for the USMNT during the international break for World Cup Qualifiers. The USMNT take on Belgium tonight at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). The match may only be an International Friendly, but it is sure to set the tone for the road ahead.
Excited & proud to see my hometown Cleveland hosting the National Team tonight, give em hell boys! #usmnt
— Justin Morrow (@jmo_row_15) May 29, 2013
Where will you be watching?
Find the game on ESPN or at one of our Pub Partners:
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San Jose, CA 95112
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Anyone look familiar in this photo? What about number 5?
You guessed it. That's Quakes' Assistant Coach Mark Watson during his old Charleston Battery days. Prior to joining the Quakes in 2010, Watson spent 7 seasons with the Charleston Battery, 5 as a player, 2 as an assistant coach.
Tonight's U.S. Open Cup match will mark the first time Watson has been back to his old stomping grounds since moving to the Quakes.
The battle for the U.S. Open Cup begins tonight. Tune in to the live stream at 4:30 p.m. PT for Quakes vs. the Charleston Battery.
Rocking the vintage Quakes gear, Justin Morrow tells us why the one of the oldest trophies in American sports matters to the San Jose Earthquakes.
So, what's the number one reason? See for yourself: