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
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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:
The Quakes haven't even begun their U.S. Open Cup play yet, but the potential fourth round pairings have already been announced. After their regular season play at league-leading, FC Dallas, the Quakes will travel to Charleston to take on the Charleston Battery in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. The first-ever meeting for Charleston and San Jose is set for Tuesday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. PT (watch the livestream here).
If the Quakes come out victorious over the USL Pro club, the team will face the winner of Real Salt Lake (MLS) vs. Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL). The Quakes will be away for either match-up, traveling to Rio Tinto Stadium or Atlanta Silverbacks Park on June 12.
Tell us - who would you rather the Quakes face?
Don't forget to follow the chatter on Twitter, follow along at #USOC100.
For the full list of fourth round pairings, click here.
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!