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18 June 12:37 pm

Tonight’s U.S. vs. Honduras World Cup Qualifier is a must-watch for fans of both nations.  The U.S. has the upper hand in this one as they sit pretty in first place in the CONCACAF Hex. They’re on a bit of a hot streak, having won their previous three matches. The U.S. will also have a coveted home field advantage and are expecting a packed crowd at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City. 

Honduras sits in fourth place in the Hex and are missing key players due to injury.  Regardless, the Catarachos are not to be ruled out- the last time the two sides met, Honduras handed the U.S. an ugly 2-1 loss in February. Honduras is also the last nation to beat the U.S. at home- defeating them 3-2 back in September of 2001.

Honduras features two Quakes players, midfielder Marvin Chavez and defender Victor Bernardez. Look for Chaves to clock some minutes for Los Catarachos but Bernardez will be sitting this one out due to yellow card accumulation.

Kickoff is at 6 p.m. PT.  Catch the game on ESPN or UniMas or head to one of the Quakes Preferred Pub Sponsors

18 June 12:16 pm

Staying in on Fridays just got a lot cooler.  This Friday, NBC Sports Network will debut MLS Insider, a new weekly show featuring in-depth stories on players, supporters’ groups and all things MLS.  

Tune in to NBC Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. PT on Friday for the premiere. The episode will feature segments on New York Red Bulls star Tim Cahill, recently signed LA Galaxy player Robbie Rogers and the Philadelphia Union supporters group, the Sons of Ben.

The program is produced by Hock Films, primarily known for their three critically acclaimed documentaries for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. Jonathan Hock, the mastermind behind Hock Films, has some serious filmmaking chops with eight Emmy Awards to his name.  Expect more than just a highlights show as MLS Insider takes you behind the scenes of one of the most innovative and exciting soccer leagues out there.

Kick off your Friday night right or set your DVR and get ready for MLS on TV like you’ve never seen before. 

18 June 12:10 pm

Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch put in a stellar performance in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids (vote now for MLS Save of the Week). His six clutch saves propelled the 2008 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to the top spot of the Castrol Index for Week 16.  

The Castrol Index is calculated by a player’s individual contributions in a game, determined by their positive and negative impact in their zone on the pitch. In Busch’s case, his score was high based on the number of saves he made and his positive contribution in goal. 

Check out the goals and saves that handed the Quakes their first road win of the season: 

 

17 June 10:23 am

One thing is certain - we have some great Quakes dads out there. 

We know it was a hard choice, but Wondo has chosen his winner to his Father's Day contest. Congrats to Raymund Arcibal! Take a look at all of the entries below. And don't worry, you still have a chance to take Dad to #CaliClasico (TICKETS). 

 

16 June 11:24 am

What do you get when a heated rivalry meets California's biggest fireworks show? The perfect Father's Day gift.

And Chris Wondolowski has the goods. He's giving away two tickets to the sporting event of the summer - Quakes vs. Galaxy on June 29th at Stanford Stadium (TICKETS).

 

Tweet him why your dad deserves to go to #CaliClasico (don't forget the hashtag!). He'll announce the winner tomorrow morning. 

Happy Father's Day to all of our Quakes Dads! 

 

14 June 4:31 pm
  1. Mark Watson will make his MLS head-coaching debut
  2. Speaking of MW, we're pretty sure he is one of the only head coaches to participate in a Google+ Hangout. Check out what he has to say before he headed to Colorado.
  3. Last time the Quakes visited Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Wondo happened... Have you seen our GIF(t) of the Week
  4. Where to watch: Quakes vs. Rapids, tomorrow 6 p.m. PT kickoff. Find your watch party here
  5. What do you get when a heated rivalry meets California's biggest fireworks show? The California Clasico. Family 4-Pack to 6/29 Quakes vs. Galaxy at Stanford offer ends tonight at 10 p.m. PT. Get it while you can.  
14 June 12:20 pm

Remember what happened the last time the Quakes visited Dick's Sporting Goods Park? 

Well, Wondo happened. Three times. 

1 Wondo: 

2 Wondo: 

3 Wondo: 

See you this weekend, Rapids. 

13 June 1:29 pm

The race for the final spot in the Earthquakes' CONCACAF Champions League group could be decided as early as Sunday.

Guatemalan Apertura winner Comunicaciones weathered the road leg of their semifinal with a 1-1 result against Marquense on Wednesday. Barring an upset, that would mean that the winner of Heredia-Halcones FC would join the Earthquakes and Montreal Impact in Group 5.

Halcones FC took a 2-0 lead at home last night. While that might seem like a significant margin, Heredia won't feel like they're too far behind come Sunday; the squad is 7-0-2 at home during the Clausura, including a 5-0 drubbing of Halcones FC on May 19. Apparently trips to Estadio del Monte on the Caribbean side of Guatemala are a daunting task.

For a full list of results from Guatemala, click here

13 June 10:56 am

 

On a cool summer afternoon in the middle of East San Jose, Quakes midfielder Rafael Baca found a way to make a very special day for 46 middle schoolers all the more memorable. Chosen as the keynote speaker for the Adalante Dual Language Academy 8th grade graduation, Baca was met with a warm welcome full of applause. While Baca chose to deliver his speech in spanish, making it tougher for me to understand, it was clear from the reactions of the students that he was able to captivate them and provide them with excellent advice for the future.

Born in Tuxpan, Mexico and raised in Englewood, California, Baca understands the importance of being proficient in more than one language. Fittingly, all the students at Adalante had completed an enjoyable nine years, armed with the ability to speak both Spanish and English and ready to move on to high school. After Baca spoke, three students had the honor of recounting their experiences at Adalante, emphasizing the close-knit community and "family" of the school. The entire ceremony was festive, as even Baca himself couldn't resist dancing to the spanish music coming from the speakers. Baca wasn't finished, however, after delivering his speech. The midfielder was called back on stage to shake the students hands before they received their diplomas, and eventually sign a few autographs for his fans.

12 June 11:21 am

Know an MLS President who uses Vine more than @QuakesPrez? Didn't think so. Dave Kaval visited the new stadium site today and Vine'd his way through the new construction. 

Take a look. Follow his Tumblr here