Reno 1868 FC
The Earthquakes and Reno 1868 FC agreed to a multi-year United Soccer League affiliation agreement in June 2016, ahead of the team’s inaugural season of 2017. 1868 FC's home matches take place at Greater Nevada Field in Reno, Nevada, also home to Minor League Baseball's Reno Aces. Greater Nevada Field features a natural grass surface and more than 9,000 seats.
The affiliation allows the Earthquakes expanded opportunities for player development, talent identification and rehabilitation and loan assignments, while managing the technical direction of Reno 1868 FC. The Quakes lead all aspects of soccer operations, while Reno oversees the business side, including corporate partnerships, ticket sales and marketing.
Burlingame Dragons FC
Burlingame Dragons FC has been the official Premier Development League affiliate of the San Jose Earthquakes since Dec. 2014. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, played primarily over the summer months, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to compete against a higher level of competition while maintaining their NCAA and NAIA eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Dragons FC currently competes in the Central Pacific Division of the Western Conference and play their home matches at Burlingame High School, about 30 miles north of Avaya Stadium. The team is largely comprised of Earthquakes Academy products, local collegiate players and young international prospects that all aspire to play at a higher level. The PDL is often times used as an MLS club’s final opportunity to get a first-hand look at a player’s development as an amateur prior to exploring a Homegrown Player contract or SuperDraft selection.