Earthquakes Weekly Update: December 13, 2010

Re-Entry Draft on tap for Wednesday; scouting trips continue

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Holiday Pack Offer
The San Jose Earthquakes announced their 2010 Holiday Pack, which includes four goal view tickets to San Jose's 2011 home opener and two commemorative Chris Wondolowski Golden Boot Tour T-shirts for $75 ($130 value). The Golden Boot Tour T-shirt features the date of each goal scored by Wondolowski in his record-setting 2010 season. To purchase the Earthquakes 2010 Holiday Pack, log on to https://www.sjearthquakes.com/form/holiday-pack. *Note: Orders processed after December 17 should be picked up at the San Jose Earthquakes Front Office if you would like to receive the T-shirts before Christmas. All orders mailed from the Quakes Front Office will be charged a $5 shipping and handling fee. We are located at 451 El Camino Real, Suite 220 in Santa Clara, CA. The Quakes 2011 home opener is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of March 18 and 19.

Opara and Generation adidas Team Return from Madrid
Quakes defender Ike Opara  and the rest of the Generation adidas team concluded a very successful trip to Madrid, going 3-0. They defeated Real Madrid’s reserve squad 2-1, Rayo Vallecano FC’s reserves 1-0 and Atletico Madrid 4-1. Opara played 61 minutes against Real Madrid and 40 minutes against Rayo Vallecano FC. It was Opara’s first game action since breaking his foot on July 31 against Seattle Sounders FC. The Generation adidas team included some of the best young players in MLS. The team was coached by the FC Dallas coaching staff, headed by MLS Coach of the Year, Schellas Hyndman.

Scouting
The Earthquakes technical staff is deep into scouting this month with plans to fly around the country and the world to look at players. General Manager John Doyle attended the College Cup last weekend in Santa Barbara as Akron brought home the NCAA Championship with a 1-0 win over Louisville. Doyle also took in the semifinal matches as Akron dispatched Michigan and Louisville defeated North Carolina. Head coach Frank Yallop and assistant coach Mark Watson departed this weekend for Osaka, Japan to attend the J-League player combine. They will be in Japan from Dec. 13-16 for this combine. Assistant coach Ian Russell will also travel to Ghana from December 16-19 to scout players.

Stage 2 of MLS Re-Entry Draft Wednesday
Stage 2 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft takes place on Wednesday, December 15th at 11 a.m. PT and will be live via teleconference. For more information on the Re-Entry Draft, please log on to sjearthquakes.com.

MLS Combine to Take Place Jan. 8-11
The MLS Player Combine will take place in the days leading up to the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas. The league announced that the combine will be held January 8-11 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the SuperDraft will take place at 9 a.m. PT on January 13. The SuperDraft will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Convention.

2011 Season Tickets on Sale Now
Season tickets for 2011 are now on sale and fans can log on to sjearthquakes.com or call 408-556-7700 to make a deposit or purchase season tickets. The 20-game season ticket package includes two bonus games and a playoff game ticket. Season ticket packages start as low as $240. All packages offer significant savings off the regular price and season ticket holders will also receive the following benefits: special invitations to private season ticket holder events, ability to purchase season-long parking pass at a discounted rate, a 10-year anniversary MLS Cup Championship patch and scarf.