1. Massive style points to Bernardez and Los Catrachos - those blazers are sliiiick.
2. The World Cup starts in 2 days. TWO DAYS.
With seven days left before the United States' first match in Brazil, U.S. Soccer has released a compilation of 23 feature videos called “One Nation One Team. 23 Stories.” This video series provides personal vignettes showcasing each player’s off-the-field personality and individual experiences that have shaped them into the players and men they have become today. Follow Quakes own Chris Wondolowski and the rest of the U.S. Men’s National team throughout the tournament with U.S. Soccer!
Proven goal-scoring machine and now Cosmopolitan Magazine eye-candy? Hey, Chris Wondolowski can do it all.
The Danville native and U.S. Men’s National Team forward graced the latest issue of Cosmo with other USMNT and MLS stars Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez and Kyle Beckerman. The five posed for the magazine’s feature on the World Cup, highlighting the best styles to wear while you watch. While the four were shirtless, of course – I mean, this is Cosmo were talking about – they did rock their World Cup style, donning the USMNT new World Cup kit’s shorts and socks.
Wondo wasn’t only featured shirtless this week, either. You can the Quakes striker in Rolling Stone's latest USMNT interview. Wondo talks his great affinity for all kinds of pizza, Jay-Z, his deep superstitions and more. Be sure to check out the full article here.
With only 4 days until the World Cup begins, the buzz is alive and well. Join the Quakes at our first official World Cup viewing party on Saturday in St. James Park.
Somewhere in Jacksonville, Harry Nilsson’s classic track “Best Friend” is playing over a passing drill between Chris Wondolowski and Brad Davis.
A bromance has rekindled in the build up to Brazil as the two best friends and United States teammates continue their preparation for a June 16 bout against Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.
Wondolowski and Davis were teammates with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005 and with the Dynamo from 2006-09. Both stars in Major League Soccer, Wondolowski and Davis were invited to the 30-man U.S. National team camp in Palo Alto and later added to the 23-man World Cup roster on May 22. Just days after punching their ticket to Brazil, both shared a sideline suite with their families at Buck Shaw Stadium for a game between the Quakes and the Dynamo.
Talk about a bonding experience.
According to Fox Sports, both vacation together with their families in the offseason with Mexico as a typical destination.
The annual Wondolowski and Davis family vacation will take its next stop in Brazil as the two get set to represent their country at the world’s biggest stage. Instead of stepping onto the Mexican coast, Wondolowski and Davis will be stepping onto the pitch for their country, the most memorable “vacation” yet for these two best friends.
Portuguese star Yannick Djalo will be hanging out at Wells Fargo in Santa Clara on Saturday, and it's your chance to meet him!
He'll be at the Wells Fargo located at 1995 El Camino Real from 3-4:30 p.m. Along with getting Yannick's autograph and photo, you'll be able redeem your two FREE ticket vouchers to the 2014 California Clasico at Stanford on June 28. All you have to do is open a checking accout or receive a financial review.
Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to us. See you at Wells Fargo on Saturday!
The stage is set for the fourth round of 2014 Lamar US Open Cup pairings. The fourth round will mark the opening stage of the tournament for the 16 MLS clubs.
The Quakes could face Sacramento Republic FC or the Fresno Fuego. The match, which will take place in the window of June 10 - 18, will be played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
Below is a list of all potential fourth round pairings provided by US Soccer:
We're a spoiled bunch in the Bay Area.
The World Cup is less than one month away and the United States is training in our backyard for the next two weeks as they prepare for the first game in their Send-Off Series, a May 27 date with Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park (7 p.m. PT / ESPN2, WatchESPN, Unimas).
For soccer aficionados, it doesn't get much better than that. We'll be rubbing elbows with Jurgen Klinsmann & team as they get ready for the biggest soccer event in the world. Even better, the San Jose Earthquakes have a pair of fan-favorites vying for coveted spots on the USA's 23-man roster for Brazil.
Local and national media alike were on hand for the Americans' first training session in the Bay Area on Wednesday, a return to Stanford Stadium. Here's a glance at some of the coverage from The Farm:
Earthquakes defender has joined the grassroots Say No To Racism movement popularized by FC Barcelona defender Dani Alves’ banana-eating incident on April 27.
Bernardez posted a photo of himself eating a banana on Instagram with the caption, “SAY NO TO RACISM.” The 2014 FIFA World Cup bound center back from Honduras was inspired by Alves to post the image.
“I was watching the match with Barcelona versus Villareal when someone threw the banana at Dani Alves,” Bernardez said. “Honestly, it was unsettling to watch. This should not exist in modern soccer.
“Today’s soccer world is different now – it’s better than that. Racism needs to be eradicated and it’s a joy to see footballers from across the world, such as Alves and Neymar, stand up for the cause that this will not be tolerated. It’s an inspirational movement.”
Following the 3-2 win against Villareal, Barcelona teammate Neymar posted a photo on social media of himself eating a banana. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero followed suit with Brazilian women’s national team star Marta and the movement continued to pick up steam.
Bernardez says the response he’s received has been overwhelmingly positive. Fans and teammates – past and present – have voiced their support and even joined the movement.
“It has all been positive feedback,” he said. “My Honduran teammates have written me saying they’ve been influenced to spread the message and take similar photos. The movement is catching the world by storm. A simple picture shows the world that we as athletes will not tolerate racism and we are all equal. We are all brothers and sisters and we need to show each other respect.”
Go on, Big Vic.
With the world's biggest sporting event around the corner, the Earthquakes and Pep Boys Auto have teamed up to give one lucky winner the ultimate World Cup viewing experience.
It's easy to enter - from now until June 7, at halftime of each match, @SJEarthquakes on Twitter will ask for your Quakes #PepBoysSub that will make an impact in the second half. All you have to do is answer with the last name and the hashtag #PepBoysSub to automatically be entered to win.
Seems easy enough, right? Just don't forget that hashtag and make sure to follow @SJEarthquakes on Twitter, and you'll be in the running for your own private catered World Cup viewing party with an Earthquakes player.
Check out the full contest rules and guidelines here.
In honor of our 40th Anniversary match versus FC Dallas on Saturday and our Hall of Fame induction of Johnny Moore, we're teaming up with Gordon Biersch to give away a throwback Moore t-shirt.
The shirt, which features our original jersey and Moore's No. 8, will be given away to 2500 fans in attendance of Saturday's match.
Additionally, a throwback shirt will be available for purchase at the game.
The shirt is a replica of the Quakes training jersey which, coincidentally, is what the team wore in their first-ever match in club history because their jerseys weren't ready in time.
You won't want to miss this one-time chance to rock some vintage Quakes gear. Buy your ticket today and arrive early!