Quakes kickoff Xfinity Soccer Clinic Series in SJ

McDonald, Bingham, Hernandez, Opara, Burling, Doyle host free soccer clinic

Xfinity Clinic Series 060111_14

Photo Credit: 
San Jose Earthquakes

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Jose
Earthquakes kicked off their 2011 Xfinity Soccer Clinic Series with a
filled-to-capacity event at Starbird Park in San Jose, Calif. Wednesday night.
The series will feature five free soccer clinics for kids 8-to-12 years old
over the course of the summer and will be operated by Earthquakes players.

Wednesday’s clinic saw 125 local
youths participate in drills and scrimmages under the guidance of Earthquakes
General Manager John Doyle and players Brandon McDonald, Ike Opara, Bobby
Burling, Jason Hernandez and David Bingham. Participants also took home a
ticket to Saturday’s match against the Houston Dynamo, a soccer ball and
autographs from the players on hand courtesy of Xfinity. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Successful opener for Xfinity Soccer Clinic Series

The Xfinity Soccer Clinic Series
has three additional dates finalized with one more to be announced. The next is
set for Thursday, June 23 at the MacGregor Playfields in Newark, Calif.
followed by Thursday, July 28 at Shorty Garcia Park in Union City, Calif. The
Earthquakes have also locked in Thursday, June 30 as a clinic date with the
location to be determined at a later time.

Each clinic is free and provides
San Jose’s youth the opportunity to interact with Earthquakes players in a fun,
interactive environment. Additionally, each participant receives a ball and
match ticket to a Quakes home game. Along with the match ticket, families of
all participants will receive a special offer to the same game.

Clinics run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
with pre-registered check-ins beginning at 5:15 p.m. Participants will have the
opportunity to learn from some of the best soccer players in the nation and top
coaches from the club’s Development School about the fundamentals of dribbling,
passing and shooting.

In 2010, the Earthquakes partnered
with Xfinity for five successful clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area with
each event drawing a capacity participation of 100 kids. To register for a 2011
clinic, visit SJEarthquakes.com/xfinity. Space is limited and registration will
be on a first-come, first served basis.

Xfinity Clinic Series
Thursday, June 23 - MacGregor
Playfields, Newark, Calif.

Thursday, June 30 - Fair Oaks Elementary, Redwood City.
Wednesday, July 27 - Shorty
Garcia Park, Union City, Calif.