Today's international date marks another chance for Victor "Muma" Bernardez and the Honduran National Team to get one more tune-up before they had to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Los Catrachos host Venezuela for a friendly today in San Pedro Sula; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT.
Venezuela has only won one of their last 14 games on the road. Honduras, on the other hand, has been in good home form lately - defeating the United States and drawing Mexico on their way to qualifying for the World Cup.
A mainstay for Los Catrachos' defensive line, Bernardez has been a regular call-up for nearly a decade and was a crucial part of their 2014 World Cup qualifiying. The consistent center back made one appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for Honduras, playing the full 90 in a scoreless draw against Switzerland.
It's expected that he'll be starting for the Honduras squad come this World Cup, though. Los Catrachos first face France at the World Cup this summer and will continue Group E play against Ecuador and Switzerland.
Remember that time that Ellen broke the internet with a selfie at the Oscars?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
So does our hysterical technical staff.
— Dave Kaval (@QuakesPrez) March 5, 2014
Have lunch plans for Wednesday?
Swing by the Coleman Landings Shopping Center located at 1331 Coleman Ave., right next to our new stadium construction site. We'll have our New Stadium Preview Center in the Chipotle parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Grab a burrito and come chat with us about our brand new stadium opening in 2015!
Earthquakes rookies JJ Koval and Tommy Thompson celebrated Read Across America Day by reading two of their favorite Dr. Seuss books to local elementary school students.
Koval visited Meadows Elementary School in San Jose and read The Cat in the Hat to 75 third graders. After finishing the book, the Stanford graduate had some time to show off his juggling skills, much to the delight of the students.
Rookie Tommy Thompson visited Baker Elementary School in San Jose and read the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax to first graders. Afterwards, the homegrown player chatted and signed autographs for the kids.
Now in its 17th year, Read Across America Day was created by the National Education Association to promote literacy in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday.
Calling all Quakes fans:
In honor of MLS Jersey Week, we have a special offer going for our new kits! When you purchase a jersey at our Merchandise Store located at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 220 in Santa Clara, you will receive two free tickets to our crucial CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal when we face Liga MX side Toluca on March 11.
This special offer is happening this week and this week only, so make sure you swing by our office to redeem your tickets and purchase your new Quakes jersey!
In case you missed it, Major League Soccer and Chipotle dropped a pretty big announcement earlier this morning. Chipotle will be the official fast Mexican food sponsor of MLS and 12 of its clubs, including the San Jose Earthquakes. Among many grassroots initiatives with youth players, the unique partnership also includes Chipotle sponsoring the first-ever MLS Homegrown player match at the 2014 MLS All-Star Game in Portland.
To kick off the partnership, Chipotle wants to reward you, too. Satisfy your hunger before you head to our MLS home opener vs. Real Salt Lake on March 15 - wear your Quakes gear to any local Chipotle, buy a burrito and get one for free.
This promotion will only happen on March 15, so get your new Quakes swag today!
In case you missed it, diplomats from around the world joined together in Half Moon Bay this week for the World Ocean Summit. The second annual Summit hosted by the Economist and National Geographic provides delegates the opportunity to better understand the risks brought about by ocean degradation and shape debate about governance of the ocean. In this forum, featured speakers discuss the global ocean sustainability initiative and capitalize on unique driven dialogue to make a difference. Among the featured speakers list included John Kerry (United States Secretary of State), HSH Prince Albert II (Principality of Monaco), Anibal Cavaco Silva (President of the Portuguese Republic), Leon Panetta (former United States Secretary of Defense) - just to name a few.
After the Summit, Portuguese President Silva invited around 40-local Portuguese-Americans to join him and his wife at the Fairmont in San Francisco. He wanted a chance to thank local leaders for their continued work in the Portuguese community. Due in part to his large initiative on organizing the San Jose Earthquakes Portuguese Heritage Night, Quakes Account Executive Taylor Amarante was among the 40 invited to the exclusive event. The President is keen on keeping young Portuguese-Americans involved in their heritage while keeping up with the evolving times. Silva was impressed with the work that the Earthquakes did to put on the 2013 Portuguese Heritage Night with over 1100 Portuguese fans that attended.
Being the world's game and uh, having mingled with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, the President had a few words to say about soccer and MLS. Of course, we had to give him some new Quakes swag to add to his collection too.
So, President Silva - feel free to rock that new Quakes scarf at our next Portuguese Heritage Night on August 16 when we host FC Dallas at Buck Shaw Stadium.
U13 Pre-Academy players Mario Rocha Jr and Brendon Foster are among 60 players in their age group to be invited for the boys id2 Program Training Camp in Portland. The camp will be held at the Nike World Headquarters and will feature the top players from across the country for four days of high-level training and off-field sessions from Mar 20-23. The invitation-only event will give both players the opportunity to compete in front of U.S. Soccer National Team staff, as well as some of the nation's best coaches. The age groups for the camp were selected to align with the scouting priorities for the U.S. Soccer U-14 National Teams.
Last year, JJ Foe Nuphaus was identified to participate with the 2000 id2 National Selection Team which leaves to Italy in 3 day. The id2 National Selection team will have matches against the youth academy squads of ACF Fiorentina (March 4), Inter Milan (March 6) and Juventus FC (March 7).
ABOUT THE id2 PROGRAM
id2 Training Camps are invitation-only events that bring together the nation’s top male and female youth players for four days of competition, evaluation and fun. U.S. Soccer National Team staff, some of the nation’s top coaches as well as elite guest coaches and players attend id2 Training Camps. In addition to the on-field sessions, id2 Training Camps feature guest speakers, lectures/classroom sessions and other offerings, which make for a complete experience.
Looks like new homegrown player Tommy Thompson has a bunch of tricks up his sleeve...
Just check out Jordan Stewart's recent instagram from training in Portland: