This & That: Quakes notes for Jan. 21, 2013
Quakes Open 2013 Preseason Training Camps
The Earthquakes opened their 2013 preseason camp on Monday, Jan. 21 at the club’s training facility in San Jose, Calif. The group included a mix of veterans, new acquisitions and youngsters. Recent MLS SuperDraft picks Tommy Muller (No. 15 overall / Georgetown) and Dan Delgado (No. 33 overall / U. of San Diego) were full participants as well as Re-Entry picks Ty Harden and Dan Gargan. The Earthquakes will train in San Jose through the week before departing for a weeklong trip to Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, Jan. 28.
Quakes Take Two in SuperDraft
The Earthquakes added Tommy Muller (No. 15 overall / Georgetown) and Dan Delgado (No. 33 / U. of San Diego) to their camp roster through last week’s MLS SuperDraft at the Indiana Convention Center. Muller, 21, captained a Georgetown squad that reached the 2012 NCAA College Cup Final. He scored four goals and had four assists in 64 career appearances for the Hoyas. Delgado was the key piece for a Toreros squad that bowed out against Georgetown in last year’s College Cup. The NSCAA All-Far West Region First Teamer had nine goals and 10 assists in a breakout 2012 campaign. Both players were in camp with the Earthquakes for the club’s first training session on Monday.
San Jose Holds Three Picks in Upcoming Supplemental Draft
The Earthquakes will pick three times in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft. The club has selections in the first (No. 15 overall), third (No. 53) and fourth (No. 72) rounds. San Jose traded its second rounder as part of a deal with the New York Red Bulls to acquire midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy.
Earthquakes Acquire Fucito From Timbers
The Earthquakes acquired forward Mike Fucito from the Portland Timbers on Jan. 17 in exchange for one of the club’s two second-round picks (No. 34 overall). The Earthquakes now have the right of first refusal to Fucito and may negotiate a contract. Fucito, 26, joined the Timbers via trade from the Montreal Impact on April 20, 2012, and appeared in 12 games for Portland during the 2012 MLS regular season. The four-year MLS veteran has played 36 career regular-season matches for Seattle Sounders FC (2009-11), Montreal (2012) and Portland (2012), recording three goals and two assists.
Quakes 2013 Preseason Schedule
The Earthquakes’ preseason slate includes trips to Tucson, Ariz., Oxnard, Calif. and Portland, Ore. for friendlies and the second-annual Timbers FC Preseason Tournament. For more information on the preseason game schedule and the preseason travel schedule, visit www.sjearthquakes.com.
San Jose Earthquakes Preseason Game Schedule:
Feb. 2 – #Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo, 10 a.m. PT
Feb. 17 – %Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers, 5 p.m. PT
Feb. 20 – %Earthquakes vs. AIK (Sweden), 5 p.m. PT
Feb. 23 – %Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m. PT
Note: Dates and times are subject to change. Games may be added at any time.
#The Desert Friendlies presented by FC Tucson at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.
%Timbers Preseason Tournament at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.
San Jose Earthquakes Preseason Travel Schedule:
Jan. 19 – Team Physicals
Jan. 21-27 – San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility
Jan. 28-Feb. 2 – Tucson, Ariz. at Kino Sports Complex
Feb. 3-5 – San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility
Feb. 6-10 – Ventura, Calif. at Oxnard Community College
Feb. 11-15 – San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility
Feb. 16-Feb. 23 – Training in Portland, Ore. (Matches on Feb. 17, Feb. 20, Feb. 23)
Copa Centroamericana Kicks Off for Bernardez, Honduras
The Copa Centroamericana, Central America's top international competition, kicked off on Friday evening in San José, Costa Rica with Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez representing Honduras. Los Catrachos opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against El Salvador on Sunday and will continue play before breaking off for a CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier against the United States on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Chavez, Ballouchy Obtain Permanent Residency Cards
Earthquakes midfielders Marvin Chavez and Mehdi Ballouchy have received United States Permanent Residency cards and now count as domestic players on the club’s roster. Chavez appeared in 27 games in 2012, starting 23, and notched a career high 13 assists in his first season in San Jose. Ballouchy appeared in six games, starting four, for San Jose before suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament on Sept. 29, 2012 in the Earthquakes’ 3-3 draw against FC Dallas. The midseason acquisition came to San Jose from New York on July 30, 2012 for a conditional 2013 SuperDraft pick and 2013 international player slot. The seven-year MLS veteran has 13 goals and 24 assists in 174 career games with three different clubs.
Quakes Hold Open Tryout
The Earthquakes held an open tryout on Jan. 19 at Danville's Mustang Soccer Complex drawing more than 200 participants to demonstrate their soccer abilities in front of the Quakes' coaching staff. Local and international trialists, ranging from New York to India, played in full 11 aside matches with the aspiration of donning the Quakes' uniform. After having monitored the trialists, the coaching staff will announce a select group of 22 players to participate in another tryout next weekend.
McIntosh Named to U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team Camp
Former Quakes Academy player and current Santa Clara goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team camp by head coach Tab Ramos. McIntosh is one of 10 collegiate players and one of two goalkeepers named to the roster. The Santa Rosa native previously played with U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team during their October and December camps while preserving a shutout against Scotland in the 2012 Marbella Cup, held in Spain. The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will train from Jan. 14-22 in Puebla, Mexico. The camp will include two closed-door scrimmages against Panama on Saturday, Jan. 19 and Monday, Jan. 21 and will serve as preparation for 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, held Feb. 18-March 3 in Puebla, Mexico. The event will serve as a qualifying round for the CONCACAF region and will decide the regional berths to the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey. The U.S. will face Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
Heredia Named to U-17 Residency Roster
Quakes Academy player Angel Heredia has been invited back to the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. as head coach Richie Williams named a squad of 31 players in preparation for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Heredia, a mainstay on the U-16 Academy team, has previously played with the U-17 Men's National Team. The midfielder played with the squad during a 2011 European tour that saw them face the likes of Spain, Holland, Peru, and Russia. The San Jose native would go on to notch a goal against Spain. The players in Bradenton represent 17 U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. The U.S. players live on campus at the IMG Academies in Bradenton and train in the morning under the guidance of Williams and his coaching staff. In the afternoon, the players attend classes at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. The U.S. U-17 MNT will compete in the 2013 CONCACAF Championship from April 6-19 in Panama. The U.S. will be joined in Panama by the hosts, as well as by Barbados, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico and Trinidad & Tobago.