This & That: Quakes notes for Jan. 28, 2013
Earthquakes Arrive in Arizona
The Earthquakes arrived in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday to open a six-day stay for the Desert Diamond Friendlies. San Jose opens with the Houston Dynamo on Tuesday at 2 p.m. PT and closes with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at 10 a.m. PT. Both games will be played at the Kino Sports Complex and will be livestreamed at www.mlssoccer.com.
Doyle Nominated for National Soccer Hall of Fame
Earthquakes general manager John Doyle is among 15 names on the National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot for veteran players. Doyle has been a key piece of the U.S. Soccer landscape on a number of different levels. The former University of San Francisco All-American enjoyed one of the most decorated playing careers in U.S. soccer history. Doyle first began training with the U.S. national team in 1987 and was a member of the squad until 1994. He played in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, as well as the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Doyle earned 53 caps for the U.S., notching three goals and two assists. He has been a part of the Earthquakes’ staff as a player, coach, television analyst and general manager and resides in the club’s Hall of Fame. Voting is open to select individuals through Feb. 22.
Camp Injury Report
Five players underwent offseason surgery and a sixth continues to recover from an injury sustained during the 2012 season. Sam Garza is has been a full participant so far following a procedure on his right wrist. Meanwhile, Steven Lenhart (right knee arthroscopy), Cesar Diaz Pizarro (right knee arthroscopy) and Alan Gordon (left hip arthroscopy) continue to rehab from their offseason surgeries. Mehdi Ballouchy is back on the training field participating in light conditioning drills as he continues to progress following a torn anterior-cruciate ligament he suffered in a 3-3 draw against FC Dallas on Sept. 29, 2012.
Bernardez Called to Honduras Duty Ahead of World Cup Qualifier Against United States
Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez was among 23 names called to national team duty for Honduras ahead of a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against the United States. Los Catrachos will host the Americans on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the opening game of hexagonal play.
San Jose Signs Defenders Gargan, Harden
The Earthquakes added to their defensive depth late last week with the announced signings of right back Dan Gargan and center back Ty Harden. San Jose took the duo during December’s MLS Re-Entry Draft. Gargan, 30, is a seven-year MLS veteran who spent his last two seasons as a member of the Chicago Fire. He has two goals and eight assists in 123 career appearances while splitting time with the Colorado Rapids (2005-08), Chivas USA (2008), Toronto FC (2010-11) and Chicago Fire (2011-12). Harden, 28, is a five-year MLS veteran who spent his last three years with Toronto FC. The 6-foot-1 center back has 74 appearances and 64 starts during his career.
Quakes Take Three in MLS Supplemental Draft
San Jose kept things local in last week’s MLS Supplemental Draft, taking three players with California ties. That list included Stanford forward Adam Jahn (No. 15 overall), San Francisco native and Oregon State defender Colin Mitchell (No. 53 overall) and UC Santa Barbara defender Peter McGlynn (No. 72 overall). Each of the trio joined the Earthquakes in camp late last week and made the trip to Tucon, Ariz. for the Desert Diamond Friendlies.
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:
Jan. 29 - #Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo, 2 p.m. PT
Feb. 2 – #Earthquakes vs. Colorado Rapids, 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)