The party that started on Sunday for the grand opening of the San Jose Earthquakes brand new home Avaya Stadium didn't stop when the LOBINA stopped serving supporters in the 75th minute. Not in the least, as the celebration has continued two days later with another individual performance being recognized by Major League Soccer.
Early Monday, the league honored the eleven best players of the weekend in its Team of the Week, and lined up at center back was Ty Harden. The dependable backup had been called into duty because of a suspension to Victor Bernardez and an injury to Paulo Renato, and he did not disappoint on either side of the ball on Sunday. On defense, Harden was dominant in the air, and on offense, he scored the game-winning-goal -- the first goal of his MLS career -- in the Quakes 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire.
Later on into Monday afternoon, MLS revealed its five nominees for Goal of the Week. This time it was midfielder Fatai Alashe who gained the recognition of the panel that determines the five best goals of the weekend, earning his nomination with his intelligent header in just the 5th minute of the match on a corner kick delivery. Alashe, who was on a plane destined for Europe to join up with the U.S. U-23 national team when the nominees were announced, delivered the first-ever goal at Avaya Stadium with his first-ever MLS goal. The rookie is already off to a flying start with San Jose.
And so Tuesday brought news that goalkeeper David Bingham had made the cut for Save of the Week for his reflex block of Chicago defender Eric Gehrig's strong header on a first half corner kick. The stop, one that left even those deep in the lines at the LOBINA seeking another refreshment awestruck, was a good display of the Quakes new number one's ability. Former Earthquakes starter Jon Busch was on hand and was no doubt impressed with the work of his replacement.
Not yet halfway through the week, and the Earthquakes are collecting accolades that were few and far between last season. Sure, the 2015 season is only three weeks old, but San Jose is a club transformed, and the rest of the league is noticing.