- Robert Jonas, Center Line Soccer’s managing editor, has reluctantly put down his blue-and-black scarf and taken up pen to cover all things San Jose Earthquakes. He is a freelance soccer journalist and avid podcaster, whose work has appeared on numerous websites in recent years. From the touchline, Robert had a distinguished career in the coaching ranks of AYSO, for which his daughter has never forgiven him. Since retiring from that role, he has turned his attention toward his own participation in the beautiful game. He plays locally in the Palo Alto Adult Soccer League, where he is also a member of their Board of Directors. Robert is also a highly accomplished craftsman specializing in fine woodworking and is always eager to take on a new commission. @robertjonas
- Jay Hipps has covered soccer in San Jose since 1997. His work has appeared on a variety of web sites, including the pioneering but sadly defunct internetsoccer.com. He’s reported from three MLS Cups, two MLS All-Star Games, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and the 1999 Confederations Cup in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Jay is also one of the founders of both Soccer Silicon Valley and the Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation. He contributes occasional columns that usually have something to do with the intersection of soccer, community, and fan culture. @jayhipps
- Joe Nuxoll serves as the Director of Photography for Center Line Soccer. By day, Joe is a user experience designer for Tesla Motors, a race driving instructor for Track Masters Racing and SpeedVentures, and an avid nature photographer (not all just soccer photos). Joe is also a co-host of the Quakes Cast podcast for the San Jose Earthquakes, and The Java Posse podcast, which is a very popular high-tech podcast. Joe is also an avid soccer player and Earthquakes fan — so look for him on the sidelines of Earthquakes games shooting photos and trying his hardest not to cheer too loudly. (Media are supposed to be neutral… HAH!) @joeracer
- Pete Ratajczak has been following soccer since the NASL days. Once upon a time (twice, actually), he was elected to the board of directors of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association. He’ll be providing commentary on the soccer/football/fútbol universe, focusing on the Quakes, MLS, and the U.S. men’s national team.
- Nerdy Gales grew up in the north of England as a supporter of Blackburn Rovers and the England football squad, but also appreciates attractive, free flowing football. A scientist by profession, the lure of the burgeoning biotechnology industry in the US proved irresistible, and Nerdy moved stateside ‘just for three years’ in 1990 – and has been here ever since. With the advent of Quakes 2.0, Nerdy signed up for a season ticket allowing access to twelve inches of cold aluminum during their games. Despite austere circumstances, Nerdy made fast friends with like minded soccer fans at Buck Shaw stadium, and now writes about their exploits while they patiently await a new stadium. @NerdyGales
- Lisa Erickson fell in love with the beautiful game of soccer while watching her beloved Bleus (France) win the World Cup in 1998. Having been born with two left feet, it left her being a QA Engineer by day and an avid San José Earthquakes fan (Season Ticket Holder since 2008) by night and weekend. During the MLS off seasons, she’s forced to be content with the English Premier League and Ligue1 (Tottenham & Olympique Lyonnais are what matters until the Quakes come marching home to pick up another MLS Cup or three). Her desire to research, stalk and share via twitter has lead to a new adventure in writing about her “Blue and Black” obsession on Center Line Soccer. @LaFemmeLoca
- Joe Santos is a freelance soccer journalist and photographer. He’s covered the San Jose Clash/Earthquakes beat since 1997. He’s also covered the U.S. men’s national team World Cup qualifers as well as the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Joe’s work has appeared both online and in print, including the Boston Globe, Miami Herald, America Online, internetsoccer.com, Espn.com and Soccer America. Joe is heavily involved with the local youth soccer scene serving as a long-time board member, coach and referee for the Castro Valley Soccer Club as well as volunteering on various committees for the California Youth Soccer Association.
- Embele Awipi joins Center Line Soccer as a feature writer and on-camera interviewer. He began his journalism career in summer 2002 as the host of The Monterey Bay Sports Scene, a weekly radio show in Monterey. Two years later he became a freelance columnist for The Salinas Californian. In addition to covering the Quakes between 2003-2005 he has written about college football and college basketball.