Training Report: Khari Stephenson in camp
Jamaican international Khari Stephenson trained with the Earthquakes on Monday. Although the central midfielder is expected to sign with San Jose, there has been no official announcement regarding his status with the team.
Stephenson figures to make an immediate impact with a squad that is increasingly short on warm bodies. In all, the Quakes will be without at least six players for Saturday's match against the Kansas City Wizards (7 p.m. / BUY TICKETS).
Ramiro Corrales and Bobby Burling did not attend Monday's training session after suffering injuries in Saturday's 1-0 loss to Colorado. Tim Ward was also MIA while sorting out personal matters. Ward flew from Chicago to Denver to join the Quakes against the Rapids and is now in the process of moving to San Jose.
Eduardo and Chris Leitch continued their rehab stints. Both participated in strength and conditioning drills on the side. Steven Beitashour participated fully while wearing a well-wrapped cast on his surgically-repaired right hand.
Omar Jasseh was not with the team on Monday, but expects to return midweek from Libya. Jasseh represented his native Gambia in the Orange African Youth Championship. The 17-year-old scored a goal against Sierra Leone in a first leg qualifier.
COMMUNITY: VALLEJO FC VISITS PRACTICE
Youngsters from Vallejo FC dropped by the San Jose Earthquakes training session for autographs and pictures Monday morning. The group watched from the sidelines as the Quakes worked through practice then took the chance to meet with players after the final whistle blew.
"It's great motivation for the kids to come out here and watch a professional team, to see how everything works not just on the smaller level but on the big level," said JD Drum, a team parent and manager. "It makes the kids happy and makes us happy as parents."