Juan Meza – Juan Meza been a Quakes Season Ticket Holder and Group Leader since the 2015 season. As the commissioner of Willow Glen P.A.L Soccer, Juan annually rallies hundreds of recreational youth soccer players and families to Quakes games to help grow the love of the club and sport.
SJEarthquakes.com - How did you become a Quakes fan?
Juan Meza - "I came to see a few games at Buck Shaw. My wife took me to my first game, actually. I’m from LA. It’s a funny story actually. I always hated the Galaxy. So I didn’t follow MLS until I moved to San Jose and I started to go to Quakes games to become a fan."
SJEQ - Why did you hate the Galaxy?
JM - "I think they’re just one of those teams who think they’re at the top and have that vibe. I didn’t really like it."
SJEQ - Since the club is honoring you as one of the most devoted fans, what does that mean to you?
JM - "It feels amazing. I’ve been helping the community with youth soccer for 6 years now. That’s my motivation; helping kids by getting them to play soccer. I work with PAL Soccer in San Jose. There’s four districts of the program. There's Foothill, Campbell, Rose Garden and I run the Willow Glen area. I’m the Commissioner for Willow Glen. I’ve been coaching the kids for seven to eight years now. I started with the U-6 kids and they’re all in the U-14 age group now. It’s pretty cool."
SJEQ - Do you have a favorite Quakes memory? A game or a moment that sticks out for you?
JM - "The Galaxy game over at Stanford Stadium. The Quakes were down 2-1 and we won at the last minute. I’ve been to a few Clasicos but that was my best memory."