Six-year-old Kapri Geernaert has been attending Earthquakes game for the last four years with her family. She was diagnosed with brain cancer (Medulloblastoma) in June 2014. She had surgery and has spent the last month in Memphis undergoing radiation and and chemotherapy.
Kapri will be attending Sunday's match against LA Galaxy. She will watch warm-ups from the sideline, be in the escorts, be in a photo with the starting eleven and meet the team post-game. She is leaving directly after the meet and greet to the airport to fly to St. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee to receive chemotherapy for the next seven months.
Sunday's match is also Childhood Cancer Awareness Night. Fans can receive yellow ribbons throughout Buck Shaw Stadium. The starting eleven are wearing black shirts with yellow ribbons and soccer kicks cancer scarves before the match. Coaches will be wearing soccer kicks cancer scarves as well. The team will also wear yellow ribbons on their uniforms during the match. All merchandise stands will have donation boxes that fans can donate $1 to receive a paper ribbon to pin up on the merchandise trailor.
Meet two Earthquakes players, test drive a BMW and score tickets to an Earthquakes match!
In a team partnership with BMW, Sam Cronin will be at BMW of Mountain View on September 12 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Khari Stephenson will be at Hansel BMW of Santa Rosa on September 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Both players will be available for pictures and autographs.
Fans are encouraged to test drive a new BMW and hang out with two Earthquakes players. Fans will receive tickets to one of the last home matches at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Ticket Test-Drive Event
When: September 12, 6:30-8:00 pm and September 13, 5:30-7:00 pm
Where: BMW of Mountain View: 150 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040
Hansel BMW of Santa Rosa: 2800 Corby Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Who: Sam Cronin and Khari Stephenson
Even though the Quakes' new stadium isn't set to open until the 2015 season, it's already being nominated for awards.
Our new home is up for the the Silicon Valley Business Journal's annual Structures Awards, specifically in the Community Impact category. The Structures Awards are an event where the SVBJ recognizes key players in commercial real estate, development, construction and design, shining a light on the Silicon Valley stars in these industries.
The awards ceremony and dinner will take place on September 25 at the Fairmont San Jose. Tickets to the event are still available.
Don't forget - you can still secure your seat at our New Stadium for 2015! Get in early and receive great benefits.
In our first homegrown player's first start at home, Tommy Thompson did not disappoint.
Soccer By Ives named the 19-year old the MLS Rookie of the Week after drawing seven fouls for the team against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, noting that he an important piece throughout the match.
SBI wasn't the only one to give Thompson some love, the Twittersphere was all about Tommy Time.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 31, 2014
SBI MLS Rookie of the Week: Tommy Thompson: http://t.co/CtqUmPk6mn
— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) September 1, 2014
— Joe Cannon (@JoeCannonGK1) August 31, 2014
The Quakes had a surprise for thirteen-year-old Nicholas Dillon last week. After he received pevic fractures from a falling chimney during the Napa earthquakes, he underwent successful surgery and is now on the road to recovery.
The club heard that Nicholas was a big soccer fan, so we decided to cheer the Napa native up with a care package full of Quakes swag. He received a signed jersey, t-shirts and soccer ball from the team.
We just can't wait to have Nicholas visit one of our games when he is fully recovered. Get well soon, Nicholas!
Want to win a VIP experience to the last home game of the regular season? It's easy- enter the #QView contest presented by 7Up by visiting your local Lucky store and snapping a photo with Q standee! Tweet the photo and make sure to tag @sjearthquakes and #QView. A randomly selected winner will receive 4 premier midfield seats to the match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on October 18, hospitality, and VIP parking.
Ever since Wondo has returned from the World Cup, he has been on fire. He not only has scored important goals but he's making MLS history.
Chris Wondolowski became the third player in MLS to score at least 10 goals in five consecutive seasons with his strike against the Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Wondolowski joined Juan Pablo Angel (2007-11 with NY, LA and CHV) and Carlos Ruiz (2002-06 with LA) as the only players to achieve this. Wondolowski burst onto the scene with 18 goals to win the Budweiser Golden Boot in 2010. He followed that performance up with 16 in 2011, tying Dwayne De Rosario for the league lead. The Danville native took his second Budweiser Golden Boot in 2012, tying the MLS record for goals in a single season with 27 and then posted 11 in 2013. He has a team-leading 10 goals in 17 games so far this season for San Jose.
On top of that, Wondo is one of the hottest players in MLS since returning from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Since his first appearance after United States Men’s National Team duty, Wondolowski has five goals and three assists in eight games. He has also scored in back-to-back games for San Jose, recording the game-tying goal against Seattle in a 1-1 draw on Aug. 20 and tallying in a 4-2 loss against Philadelphia on Sunday.
RSL better watch out for Wondo on Saturday as well. The star striker has been red hot against Real Salt Lake with six goals in his last seven games against the Western Conference contenders. He scored his first career goal against RSL on April 21, 2012 and went on to score four more over his next two games, including a hat trick on July 14, 2012. Wondolowski also recorded the opening salvo in a 3-3 affair against RSL on March 15, 2014. Tickets are still available here.
Jordan Stewart was challenged to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his friend Michelle Rozzen. Her father passed away from ALS and reached out to Stewart to spread the awareness. Stewart gladly accepted and thinks it is important for professional athletes to create awareness for this disease. Stewart asked for the help of his teammates Tommy Thompson, JJ Koval, Shaun Francis, Chris Wondolowski, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, and Billy Knutsen. They all participated in the challenge and will also be making a donation for ALS.