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San Jose Earthquakes Academy: Situation Report

While the San Jose Earthquakes senior squad had a disappointing final season at Buck Shaw stadium, the club's academy teams were having better success. The academy teams finished up their winning seasons just steps away from the new Avaya Stadium. All the academy squads are enjoying a well-earned break over the holiday season, and will return to action in the New Year. In the meantime, tryouts for the next generation of academy players begin December 6th.

The San Jose Earthquakes Academy players cannot be stopped...
The San Jose Earthquakes Academy players cannot be stopped...
Lyndsay Radnedge

Center Line Soccer has been among the many followers of the San Jose Earthquakes U18, U16 and U14 academy teams, who have all had a successful first half of their 2014-15 campaigns. The squads are currently on hiatus until the New Year, the coaches and players can enjoy the season's festivities with pride in their success, and anticipation of continued success in 2015.

Follow the San Jose Earthquakes Academy teams on Twitter (@SJEQA) or Instagram (SJEQA), or in person by checking their schedules listed on the team links below.

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Under 18 Squad.

The U18s go into the holiday break with an impressive 10-3-2 record (2.13 points per game), lying in third place of the West Conference, just behind the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders academy teams. Zack Penner has 7 goals, with Stanford commit Amir Bashti with 6 goals on the season. The U18s, coached by Marquis White, resume their season Saturday January 17 on the road, with their first home game on Saturday February 7th against Real So Cal. The U18 schedule continues through June 2015 up and down the west coast, often on the same itinerary as the U16 squad.

Photo Gallery: SJ Earthquakes Academy U18 (0:4) Vancouver Whitecaps. Earthquakes Training Facility, San Jose, Sunday November 16, 2014.

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Under 16 Squad.

The U16s go into the holiday break with an 7-4-3 record (1.71 points per game), and the Earthquakes are lying in third place of the West Conference, just behind the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers Academy teams. Ivan Valencia 5 goals, going into the break, closely followed by Kaya Fabretti with 4 goals so far in the season. The U18s, coached by Stephen Wondolowski, resume their season Saturday January 17 on the road in LA, with their first home game on Saturday February 7th against Real So Cal. The U16 schedule continues through June 2015 up and down the west coast, often on the same itinerary as the U18 squad.

Photo Gallery: SJ Earthquakes Academy U16 (1:2) Vancouver Whitecaps. Earthquakes Training Facility, San Jose, Sunday November 16, 2014.

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Under 14 Squad.

The U14s go into the holiday break with an 9-2-1 record. Adonis Diaz and Oscar Govea are tied with 9 goals, going into the break, with Jason Yanes just one goal behind (8). The U14s, coached by Jeff Jenkins, resume their season Saturday February 7 on the road at Merced, with their first home game on Saturday February 721st against Santa Cruz Breakers. The U14 schedule continues through June 2015.

Gallery:Photo Gallery: SJ Earthquakes Academy U14 (3:0) Placer United. John Mise Park, San Jose, Saturday September 27th, 2014.

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Meanwhile, the next generation of academy players will be discovered at the Earthquakes open tryouts for its '02, '01 and '99 PDA teams. The tryouts will be held on December 6th and Jan 11th. Additional tryout dates will take place in January by invitation only.

Quakes age groups and tryout dates are listed below.

SJ Earthquakes PDA Open Tryout Dates and Times

  • U16 SJ Earthquakes 99 PDA (99 Birth Year) Dec 6th and Jan 11th - CLICK HERE
  • U14 SJ Earthquakes 01 PDA (01 Birth Year) Dec 6th and Jan 11th - CLICK HERE
  • U13 SJ Earthquakes 02 PDA (02 Birth Year) Dec 6th and Jan 11th - CLICK HERE

SJ Earthquakes Pre-Academy Open Tryout Links

*Birth year denotes August 1st -- July 31st: Example U12: 8/1/02-7/31/03

For more information about the SJ Earthquakes program and tryout dates, times and locations, please visit www.earthquakesacademy.com. Walk ups are welcome, but online pre-registration is preferred.