Each home game, the Earthquakes select a Season Ticket Holder to be this week's Fan of the Match, presented by Avaya. The lucky fan is presented with the amazing opportunity to experience warmups from field level, sit on the team bench, get a bag of free Earthquakes merchandise, and last but not least, meet a player for a photograph right after warmups! This week's fan of the match is he Dave Romero (pictured left above).
SJEarthquakes.com: You’ve been a Season Ticket Holder since 2010, can you even point to one special moment that you see as your favorite in your time with the club?
Dave Romero: The 2012 Goonies was a special time for the club. While not only watch the team pull out improbable wins every week, it was also
around the time I started bringing my son to games. Watching his love for the club grow each year has been magical for me.
SJEQ: What first got you into soccer, and eventually the Quakes?
DR: I started playing at age 5. I loved playing soccer all of the time. Back then we had the NASL Quakes. Being able to watch players like Chris Dangerfield, George Best, and my favorite back then GK Mike Hewitt was amazing. I can still remember Spartan Stadium being so full back then.
SJEQ: Describe the tailgating experience, what do you and your friends/family like to do before games?
DR: Most of the time before games, I'll enjoy a few beers with my cousin and uncle before we go into Avaya. Watching warmups is a big part of our routine as we debate the starting lineup and strategy we think the team should take.
SJEQ: Saturday’s game vs. Columbus will be on your birthday! What would be the best birthday present? An insane goal? A Quakes win?
DR: A well played game with a couple of goals is what I'd like. Having the boys play well is what is going to get our young players to develop into the superstars we want them to be.
SJEQ: Describe the bond you’ve built with fellow supporters and fans that stand around you?
DR: Being in the Supporters terrace is definitely a different experience than I have had in any other sport. It's great that I get to spend my gameswith the same people in the Faultline every week but we also get a mix of new fans, academy players and friends joining us. I've made a lot of good friends down there.