The city of Watsonville celebrated their Soccer Appreciation Night with Watsonville youth and Earthquakes' midfielder Rafa Baca on Tuesday. Baca joined youth soccer players and their families to talk healthy eating, education and soccer.
Over 200 Watsonville residents came out to Ramsey Park for the event. Baca spoke for over thirty minutes to the crowd, reiterating the importance of staying in school.
Baca, 23, moved from Mexico to the United States when he was in elementary school. Not knowing English before he moved, he faced adversity acclimating to his new home. With persistence, Baca overcame the language barrier and eventually graduated from Amino Leadership High School in Inglewood, California. He was awarded the school's top Student-Athlete award before attending Loyola Marymount University on full scholarship.
Baca told the story of his past to inspire the young athletes to stay dedicated to the game and school. It wasn't all talk, though. Baca led clinics with the youth soccer players. To end a great event, he signed autographs, took photos and was presented with a gift from the Watsonville community.
Look who made it out to the City of Watsonville Soccer Appreciation Day... None other than Quakes' Rafa Baca. twitter.com/SJEarthquakes/…
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) May 22, 2013
Big news broke out of Major League Soccer headquarters in New York City this morning. The much-anticipated announcement of the league's 20th team, New York City FC, hit the soccer (and digital) world by storm.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 21, 2013
Expected to start play in 2015, New York City FC spurs from a partnership between the English Premier League's Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. With a stadium not yet built, the club will have an interim venue as it begins plans to have its own in New York City.
We caught up with Earthquakes President Dave Kaval on his thoughts about the new expansion team, what it means to Major League Soccer, and more specifically, the San Jose Earthquakes:
On having a 20th team added to the league:
"I think it's very exciting that we have a new 20th team in the league. Having Manchester City and the Yankees as partners, those are the biggest brands in sports. So, them partnering with MLS - I think it's just a great day for the league."
On what the 20th team means for the San Jose Earthquakes:
"It means a lot of high profile players and high profile teams in the league that we can beat up on. We've done that with the Galaxy and the Red Bulls. The more the merrier."
There you have it, Quakes fans. The more the merrier, the bigger the better.
For full coverage on this historic day in Major League Soccer, check out MLSsoccer.com and the links below.
Quakes Academy update: Kendall McIntosh named to U.S. U-20 Men's National Team roster for upcoming Toulon Tournament
Former Quakes Academy player and current Santa Clara goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team roster for the upcoming 2013 Toulon Tournament. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos announced his 22-player roster on Monday.
McIntosh is one of seven collegiate players to be named to the roster, joining seven current MLSers. The Toulon Tournament is the final chance for players to be evaluated before the team heads into the 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey on June 28.
McIntosh, who helped the U-20's qualify for the World Cup in March, will travel to France for the tournament that runs from May 28 - June 8. The U-20s will be in Group A, along with Colombia, Congo DR, South Korea and the host France. The U.S. is set to open the tournament against France on Tuesday, May 28 at Stade Leo-Lagrange in Toulon. The championship match will be held on Saturday, June 8.
For all tournament updates, make sure to follow the U.S. on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and on ussoccer.com's Match Tracker.
It's that time of year again. Summer is here, and that means the Annual Earthquakes 4v4 tournament presented by Wells Fargo is back.
For three consecutive years, Wells Fargo and the San Jose Earthquakes have teamed up to host youth and adult soccer tournaments across the Bay Area. This summer, teams can claim their fame in two locations - East Palo Alto and Hayward.
On June 22, the first tournament will be held at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East Palo Alto. Teams - in divisions boys and girls U-8 through U-19, men's and women's rec, adult coed and men's open - can register here to play in the single-day tournament. Registration is $150 for Youth, Adult CoEd and Men's and Women's Rec, and $175 for Men's Open Division. A maximum of seven players is allowed per roster, with a team trophy awarded for champions of each division. Each individual on the first and second place teams will receive a medal.
The prize pack for the Men's Open Division Championship is listed below:
$50 Visa gift card courtesy of Wells Fargo for each player
Earthquakes scarf for each player
Additional ticket to an Earthquakes home game for each player
$25 Visa gift card courtesy of Wells Fargo for each player
Additional ticket to an Earthquakes home game for each player
Stakes are high, so it's time and start training. Added bonus: Quakes players will be on site, so you have a chance to impress a professional athlete with your skill. Register today!
Third and fourth graders at Ryan Elementary weren’t the only ones having fun at the Get Earthquakes Fit Family event presented by Kaiser Permanente on Friday. Quakes players, Rafa Baca and Mehdi Ballouchy, teamed up with Q and head athletic trainer Brian Lee to share their wisdom on eating healthy and exercising daily.
Ryan Elementary is one of 25 schools this year to participate in the Get Earthquakes Fit program. The San Jose Earthquakes and Kaiser Permanente partnered to create a curriculum designed to increase physical activity in the classroom and at home. Get EQ Fit requires students to engage in 20 minutes of physical activity each day. Each fun five-week program begins with a visit by a Kaiser Permanente physician and ends with a congratulatory visit from a Quakes player.
Friday marked the completion of Ryan Elementary’s Get EQ Fit program. Families enjoyed a farmers market, raffle giveaway, Quakes swag and, of course, a visit from Rafa Baca and Mehdi Ballouchy.
Check out the photos below. Thanks for having us, Ryan Elementary!
— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) May 17, 2013
Goonies were back at Buck Shaw tonight in a Western Conference showdown with the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids may have gotten on the board first, but in true Goonie fashion, the Quakes came back to equalize in the 78th minute.
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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