March to Soccer - 2017

NEWS: Earthquakes to host #MarchToSoccer Week ahead of March 4 Home Opener

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes will kick off the 2017 MLS regular season with a week filled with competitions, activities and events throughout the South Bay. The #MarchToSoccer will begin on Feb. 25 with the meet-the-team event at Avaya Stadium and will feature a variety of activations leading to the home opener on March 4, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.
In addition to activities, including a FIFA day with Tommy Thompson and Fatai Alashe, a pub-crawl and a Quakes Lego build, competitions including a juggling contest with professional street soccer performers, inflatable goals and Earthquakes seats will take place at various locations. Prizes include an all-inclusive trip to the Quakes vs. LA match on Aug. 27 for two people, a customized Quakes Xbox console, Quakes tickets, signed Quakes memorabilia and merchandise.
 
To support the flood relief efforts in the community, the Earthquakes will have donation area in San Pedro Square Market throughout the week in which fans can give money to the cause.
 
The complete plan of activities for #MarchToSoccer is listed below.
 
 
Saturday, Feb. 25:
 
Meet the Team
Avaya Stadium
3:30 p.m.
Following the preseason match against Sacramento Republic FC, the Quakes will host a meet the team event for season ticket holders. Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli will participate in a town hall question and answer session with fans immediately after the match, followed by autographs with the players. The match will take place at Avaya Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.
 
 
Sunday, Feb. 26:
 
Free Play Day presented by Valley Health Plan
San Jose City College
10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Kids within the 5-11 age range are invited to participate in the Free Play day, presented by Valley Health Plan, enabling kids to scrimmage and simply enjoy the game with no coaching or scouting pressure. Equipment including balls, goals and pinnies will be provided as will lunch, courtesy of Erik’s Deli. Participants should bring their own cleats, shin guards and water. The Free Play days have a 200 children limit. Those interested in participating should RSVP with this link.
 
#SeismicSeats
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Two Avaya Stadium seats will be in Plaza de Cesar Chavez waiting for fans to sit in them and take photos. Fans are encouraged to tweet the photos with the hashtag #SeismicSeats for a chance to win tickets to the home opener on March 4 against the Montreal Impact. Anyone who comes to the seats will receive an immediate prize.
 
 
Monday, Feb. 27:
 
Quake It Up Day
1-5 p.m.
The San Jose Earthquakes will be out in the community delivering gifts to local businesses. Fans are invited to share their Quakes pride by displaying their Quakes memorabilia in their homes, offices and on social media throughout the day. Those looking get some more Quakes gear can stop by the front office or find a representative in the community throughout the day.
 
The Quakes will be in the following locations:
 
Campbell
Los Gatos
Palo Alto
Mountain View
San Francisco
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
San Jose
 
Soccer in San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
All Day
The Earthquakes will be in San Pedro Square Market with an inflatable goal, challenging fans to score a goal to win Quakes prizes.
 
Juggling Contest
Willow Glen
A professional street soccer performer will be in Willow Glen. The first 10 people to juggle three times with the performer will win tickets to opening day. Clues will be posted on Twitter regarding the location of the juggler throughout the day.
 
 
Tuesday, Feb. 28:
 
FIFA Day with Fatai Alashe and Tommy Thompson
San Pedro Square Market
All day, 6 p.m. with players
Three different FIFA stations will be set up in San Pedro Square Market all day for fans to play the 2017 edition of the video game. At 6 p.m., Earthquakes midfielders Tommy Thompson and Fatai Alashe will there playing with fans. Everyone who participates throughout the day will be entered to win a customized Quakes Xbox console.
 
Juggling Contest
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
A professional street soccer performer will be in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. The first 10 people to juggle three times with the performer will win an Earthquakes ball autographed by a player. Clues will be posted on Twitter regarding the location of the juggler throughout the day.
 
Soccer in San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
The Earthquakes will be in San Pedro Square Market with an inflatable goal challenging fans to score a goal to win Quakes prizes.
 
 
Wednesday, March 1:
 
Earthquakes Lego Build in San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
4-6 p.m.
Working together in a group, fans can build a Lego version of Avaya Stadium in San Pedro Square Market with Earthquakes mascot Q. The first 100 fans to show up will receive an Earthquakes Oyo. Participants can sign up using this link.
 
Soccer at San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
All Day
The Earthquakes will be at San Pedro Square Market with an inflatable goal challenging fans to score a goal to win Quakes prizes.
 
Juggling Contest
San Jose State University
A professional street soccer performer will be at San Jose State University. The first 10 people to juggle three times with the performer will win a 2017 Earthquakes home jersey. Clues will be posted on Twitter regarding the location of the juggler throughout the day.
 
#SeismicSeats
San Jose State University
Two Avaya Stadium seats will be at San Jose State University waiting for fans to sit in them and take photos. Fans are encouraged to share the photos with #SeismicSeats for a chance to win tickets for opening day. Anyone who comes to the seats will receive an immediate prize.
 
 
Thursday, March 2:
 
Earthquakes Pub Crawl, presented by Modelo
Meet at The Brit on Santa Clara St. in Downtown San Jose
6-9 p.m.
Accompanied by an Earthquakes player from the Brit to O’Flaherty’s and ending up at San Pedro Square Market, fans can participate in the Earthquakes pump up pub-crawl. Participants can enjoy drink specials and chances to win prizes from Modelo.
 
The Britannia Arms: 6–6:45 p.m.
O’Flaherty’s: 6:45–7:30 p.m.
San Pedro Square Market: 7:30–9 p.m.
 
Juggling Contest
Santana Row
A professional street soccer performer will be at Santana Row. The first 10 people to juggle three times with the performer will win tickets to opening day. Clues will be posted on Twitter regarding the location of the juggler throughout the day.
 
Soccer in San Pedro Square Market
San Pedro Square Market
All Day
The Earthquakes will be in San Pedro Square Market with an inflatable goal, challenging fans to score a goal to win Quakes prizes.
 
 
Friday, March 3:
 
Win an Away Trip
San Pedro Square Market
12-1 p.m.
The inflatable goal will be in San Pedro Square Market at lunchtime, giving fans the chance to win an all-inclusive trip for two to the Quakes vs. LA Galaxy match on Aug. 27. Trip includes two tickets to the game, airfare and hotel.
 
Juggling Contest
San Pedro Square Market
A professional street soccer performer will be at San Pedro Square Market. The first 10 people to juggle three times with the performer will win tickets to opening day. Clues will be posted on Twitter regarding the location of the juggler throughout the day.
 
 
Meet the Earthquakes Special Olympics Unified Team
San Pedro Square Market
1-3 p.m.
 
The Earthquakes are partnering with Special Olympics Northern California to participate in the Special Olympics Unified program. Fans can meet the Earthquakes Special Olympics Unified team at San Pedro Square Market between 1-3 p.m. The Earthquakes will host a Special Olympics Unified game between the Earthquakes and LA Galaxy following the match between the California rivals on May 27 at Avaya Stadium. The Earthquakes Unified team will then travel with the First Team to Carson City to play following the matchup on Aug. 27.
 
                                                                           
Saturday, March 4:
 
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact
Avaya Stadium
6:45 p.m.
 
The Earthquakes embark on the 2017 MLS regular season against the Montreal Impact at Avaya Stadium with kickoff at 6:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at sjearthquakes.com/tickets, the Avaya Stadium box office or by calling 408-556-7700.
 
 
 
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
The Earthquakes will also be active in the community during the #MarchToSoccer week with eight Get Earthquakes Fit assemblies, presented by Sutter Health.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 28
 
Ardenwood Elementary Opening Assembly
Fremont, Calif.
9 a.m.
 
Cedar Grove Elementary Closing Assembly
San Jose, Calif.
1:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, March 1
 
McKinley Elementary Closing Assembly
San Jose, Calif.
1:30 p.m.
 
Thursday, March 2
 
Noble Elementary Opening Assembly
San Jose, Calif.
8:45 a.m.
 
Braly Elementary Closing Assembly
Sunnyvale, Calif.
1:30 p.m.
 
Maloney Elementary Closing Assembly
Fremont, Calif.
1:30 p.m.
 
Friday, March 3
 
Pearl Zanker Elementary Opening Assembly
Milpitas, Calif.
10:45 a.m.
 
Cadwallader Elementary Opening Assembly
San Jose, Calif.
1:45 p.m.
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