WEEKLY UPDATE: December 19, 2016

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Bay Area to Host Knockout Round Match in 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara will host a knockout round match in the 2017 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Bay Area is one of 13 metropolitan areas that will welcome the 14th edition of the Gold Cup set to take place next July 7-26 (
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Earthquakes Sign Marc Pelosi to New Contract
The San Jose Earthquakes announced that the club has signed midfielder Marc Pelosi to a new contract. Pelosi, 22, signed with the Earthquakes on July 17, 2015 and appeared in 12 of the team’s final 16 games of the season, making seven starts. He did not make any appearances for the club in 2016 due to injury and had
in September to repair tendonitis in his left knee. “We’ve always believed Marc was a high-potential player,” said Earthquakes interim general manager Chris Leitch. “At just 22 years old, we think Marc’s best days on the field are ahead of him.” Pelosi captained the United States to the Round of 16 in the 2011 U-17 FIFA World Cup in Mexico and was later pursued by numerous clubs, eventually choosing to sign with the world famous Liverpool FC youth academy. The Sunnyvale, Calif. native competed with Liverpool’s U-18 and U-21 clubs for four years before signing with San Jose, while remaining involved at the international level. Pelosi was a regular for the U.S. U-23s and also earned January call-ups to the senior squad in 2015 and 2016. “We’re happy to bring Marc back,” added Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He’s a player with a lot of ability and we have faith that he’ll show that ability in an Earthquakes uniform.”
Earthquakes to Host Sacramento Republic FC in Preseason
The San Jose Earthquakes will take on Sacramento Republic FC at 2 p.m. PT on Feb. 25 at Avaya Stadium in the team’s final preseason tune-up ahead of the 2017 MLS regular season. It marks the fourth consecutive year that the two Northern California clubs will square off in the preseason. The match is free to Earthquakes season ticket holders, who must opt in for their tickets on the Earthquakes Account Manager between Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 1. Season ticket holders may also purchase add-on tickets during that time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wed, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at sjearthquakes.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Cordell Cato Called to Trinidad & Tobago National Team for Pair of Friendlies
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that midfielder Cordell Cato will join the Trinidad and Tobago National Team for the December training camp featuring a pair of friendlies against Nicaragua on Dec. 27 and 30. Cato will join the training camp on Dec. 15 ahead of T&T leaving for Nicaragua on Dec. 25 for the friendly matches that will take place on Dec. 27 and Dec. 30. The training camp comes in preparation for T&T’s 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifying matches against Suriname on Jan. 4, 2017 and Haiti on Jan. 8, 2017.


San Jose Earthquakes sign midfielder Marc Pelosi to new contract
By Alicia Rodriguez, MLSSoccer.com
Earthquakes sign Pelosi to new contract
By Thomas Floyd, Goal.com
Republic FC to play friendly at San Jose Earthquakes on Feb. 25
By Bill Paterson, The Sacramento Bee
San Jose Earthquakes Capitalize On Silicon Valley, Introduce New Innovation Advisory Board
By Kendra Andrews, SportTechie.com
FSC, Ethos soccer merge as one
By Staff, VillageLife.com
Seattle Sounders select goalkeeper Bryan Meredith in Stage 1 of the 2016 MLS Re-Entry Draft
By Staff, SoundersFC.com
Sounders bring back goalkeeper Bryan Meredith
By Staff, Seattle Times
Campbell: Del Mar High, Oak Grove High soccer teams got to play at Avaya Stadium
By Jasmine Leyva, Mercury News
Almaden, Cambrian: Leigh soccer teams play at Avaya Stadium
By Dick Sparrer, Bay Area News Group
Top 40 most-attended soccer games in the United States in 2016
By Staff, WorldSoccerTalk.com
How New Technology Gets Sports Fans Off Couches and Into Stadium Seats
By Luc Deschenes, TechVibes.com