You’re officially a Quakes Devotion Scarf recipient! Explain what it means to you to get this honor?
I was stunned and humbled by it when I was told. I love this sport and Club, so helping it grow, especially the fan base, has been important to me. I appreciate the support and the recognition as it shows how much this Club notices and values everyone.
Talk to us about your Quakes fandom. How long have you been cheering on the black & blue? What is your most memorable moment?
I didn’t grow up with soccer and thus, didn’t know a lot about it. In 1998, when my son was young we enrolled him in a Park/Rec soccer program. Steve Larson was his coach and he invited the families to get Clash season tickets with him and his family. They were inexpensive seats near the player tunnel at San Jose State’s stadium and the children loved high fiving the players. Steve and his wife helped me appreciate the game, the players, and the growing soccer community. I was smitten and have had season tickets ever since.
So many memories, but two stand out. The first being the Game of All Games when we had to score 5 goals against the Galaxy. We came into the match down two goals and LA quickly added to their tally. Their players swaggered about us, but our players and the fans never gave up. I remember the moment when it hit me that we were going to win it. I was so proud of the whole organization. There’s never been another MLS match across the league with that much passion.
The second moment was participating in the groundbreaking for our stadium. Finally, a home of our own. I was near what is now a goal and I often think of that moment when I walk by there.
Who is your favorite Quakes player and why?
There have been so many players that I’ve enjoyed watching, following their careers, and having the opportunity to interact with. Dero was one of my early favorites. I named my MLS Fantasy team after Wynne for a few years. I’m most proud to be a fan of Wondo. He seems comfortable in his own skin as a person and knows who he is as a player, yet he is always working hard to improve himself. I love watching his girls run around him on the pitch after games. For me, whether he’s on the pitch, on the bench, or watching from his couch, he’s the Captain.
What would be your message to Quakes fans out there?
All teams have their ups/downs. All players/staff/supports/owners have their fans and haters. As an organization, fans, players, supporters, staff, and owners alike, we should try to assume the best of each other and pass on positive energy. Most of all, we need to invite someone new to a match. After all, they may be smitten just as I was.