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18 June 4:58 pm

We visited the new stadium construction site with Quakes prez Dave Kaval the other day, and it turns out there is a lot more excavating to be done than we originally thought. Just check out the photos below. 

The old FMC building foundation wall: 

One of three concrete bunkers found on the site. It wasn't an easy task for the construction crew to rip these suckers out. 

 

The trouble with digging below the water line. You run into water. A lot of it. 

Kaval inspecting the ground water: 

Get a first hand look at these giant concrete pillars (at least 100 of them) found on site. Check out Kaval's vine

These giant metal objects weren't easy to pull out of the ground either: 

 

18 June 3:20 pm

Kendall McIntosh, former Earthquakes Academy player and current Santa Clara University goalkeeper, is in Turkey competing with the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team in the U-20 World Cup. McIntosh sends sjearthquakes.com photos and updates from his journey: 

June 18, 2013

After a good week and a half of training in Portugal, we ended our trip on a high note with a 3-1 win over the Portugese U-20s. We arrived in Turkey yesterday night - it took a while to get through customs and to find our way to our bus.

After a good night's rest, we had an early breakfast and a team walk to get prepared for the day. One of the bigger events we had today was a meeting with the FIFA representatives so that they could explain their rules and expectations for the tournament. 

Finally towards the end of the day we had training at Kasimpasa Spor Kulübü, a first division club in Turkey.

Photos from training in Portugal, courtesy of U.S. Soccer: 

Stay tuned for more updates, and be sure to follow Kendall McIntosh on Twitter

18 June 12:59 pm

Quakes fans have a reason to have a little extra pep in their step this week following Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.  It’s the beginning of a new era under Mark Watson and with three points in the bag, things appear to be looking up. 

The Quakes showed you love on Saturday by putting on a good show and bringing home a win, now return the favor by voting for them for a plethora of honors. 

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.