The San Jose Earthquakes have arrived in London. It took 10 hours in the air, but the trip was filled with plenty of card games, dominoes, movies, laughter and, of course, sleep. The Quakes are here and ready to continue their preparation for the 2010 season, which is now just a few weeks away. The Earthquakes will be in the London area until Sunday, March 14 and will train as well as play in several games over the course of the next week.
San Jose will train at Spurs Lodge in Chigwell, London, the training ground for their club partner, Barclays Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur. The training began promptly at 3 p.m. GMT, just hours after their arrival at Heathrow International Airport today.
So, how was the trip from San Jose to London? Here's a quick recap:
12:00 p.m. PT: Traveling players and staff boarded the bus and found their way to San Francisco International Airport.
1:15 p.m. PT: Players checked in and tested out the new high-def flip cam. Stay tuned for more on this. We will give fans a daily look inside the trip. Check out the Earthquakes new YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/sanjoseearthquakes to watch some of the videos from Thursday's day of travel.
2:45 p.m. PT: Andre Luiz, Quincy Amarikwa, Chris Wondolowski and Ramiro Corrales played an intense game of cards at the gate.
3:45 p.m. PT: Team boarded their British Airways flight.
4:25 p.m. PT: Departed SFO for London Heathrow.
6:00 p.m. PT: Defender Jason Hernandez makes the tough decision to watch Twilight: New Moon because, hey, he had seen the first one, so why not, right? He then asked Mike Graczyk whether he would be judged for doing so. He most certainly was. To be fair to Jason, he did have a productive trip, knocking out four movies on the trip, including The Dark Knight and The Blindside, as well as catching an episode of Better of Ted. He certainly wins the award for most airline-provided media consumed.
Approx 8:15 p.m. PT: Dinner is served; a solid choice between beef or pasta. Buttering the bread was difficult at times with the small knives, check out the video on YouTube to see Ryan Johnson struggle.
9:00 p.m. PT: Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald and the aforementioned Johnson got the dominoes out and went after it.
9:30 p.m. PT: Most on board caught some sleep. Andrew Weber attempted to do some silent interviews with Quincy and Jason, who were asleep. However, he wasn't given the tutorial on the hd flip cam, so unfortunately those interviews were never recorded.
10:45 a.m. GMT: Quakes arrive in London and board Tottenham's team bus to the hotel in Chigwell.
The Quakes were joined in London by defender Ike Opara, who came from some midterms at Wake Forest. Midfielder Simon Elliott will arrive from Los Angeles Saturday after New Zealand fell 2-0 to Mexico at The Rose Bowl on Wednesday night).Stay tuned for more updates on the time in London here at sjearthquakes.com, on twitter and on our YouTube page. Also, to check out what Tottenham Hotspur are doing, please go to www.tottenhamhotspur.com.