Preview: Quakes host EPL's West Brom
The San Jose Earthquakes will host West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League in a midweek exhibition on Tuesday, July 12 at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will feature a live radio webcast at www.sjearthquakes.com/wba.
West Brom's travel roster includes a number of international standouts. Among the biggest names set to play is Peter Odemwingie, a member of the Nigerian National Team who finished top five in the EPL for goals scored. The group will also feature team captain and member of the Northern Ireland National Team Chris Brunt. The Baggies are managed by the legendary Roy Hodgson.
During the 2010-2011 season, West Brom defeated Arsenal 3-2 at home, drew 2-2 away to Manchester United, crushed Everton away 4-1 and beat Liverpool 2-1 at home. The club finished No. 11 in the 20-team table with a 12-11-15 record.
West Brom defender Nicky Shorey played with Quakes midfielder Bobby Convey during Convey’s stint with Reading F.C. Otherwise, the two clubs have limited connections in what will be their first-ever meeting.
Tuesday's fixture marks the third time the Quakes have faced a team from the EPL. On July 17, 2010, San Jose hosted club partner Tottenham Hotspur at Buck Shaw Stadium and drew a Buck Shaw Stadium record crowd of 10,712. Aston Villa also visited San Jose to play the Quakes in 1997 at Spartan Stadium, a match that ended 1-1 with Shawn Medved scoring the lone goal for San Jose.
Established in 1878, West Brom was a founding member of The Football League, the top division in England at the time. The club has five FA Cups to its credit and won a Division One title in 1919-20. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.wba.co.uk.
West Bromwich Albion Roster by Position
Goalkeeper: Boaz Myhill
Defenders: Marek Cech, Pablo Ibanez, Billy Jones, Nicky Shorey, Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson
Midfielders: James Morrison, Chris Brunt, Steven Reid, Jerome Thomas, George Thorne, Paul Scharner, Sam Mantom
Forwards: Roman Bednar, Ishmael Miller, Chris Wood, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Peter Odemwingie
West Bromwich Albion Roster by Nationality
Austria (1): Paul Scharner
Czech Republic (1) Roman Bednar
England (7): Ishmael Miller, Jerome Thomas, George Thome, Billy Jones, Nicky Shorey, Sam Mantom, Craig Dawson
France (1): Marc-Antoine Fortune
Ireland (1): Steven Reid
New Zealand (1): Chris Wood
Nigeria (1): Peter Odemwingie
Northern Ireland (2): Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley
Scotland (1): James Morrison
Slovakia: (1): Marek Cech
Spain (1): Pablo Ibanez
Wales (1): Boaz Myhill