WEEK 2: SJvPOR
Rain can’t stop soccer.
Though it does slow down Quakes fans--still recovering from a mid-60's sunny winter--from filling Avaya for a match against the reigning MLS champ Portland Timbers. While the match was officially still a sell-out, quite a few spotty patches appeared in the stands. To be fair, many fans were under the stands, much like Santa Clara Niners fans fleeing from the sun at Levi's--with the difference being Quakes fans can actually still watch the game.
The Quakes faithful that did slog out to support soggy San Jose soccer filled Avaya with spirit & song that easily drowned out the solid section of away supporters up in 101--most of whom are Portland-transplant Bay Area residents who, for this one match, trade in their Black & Blues for being buried in Timbers Green.
After rains pummeled the pitch all day Saturday and most of Sunday morning:
Pitch is looking saaaauucccyyy @SJEarthquakes -- #pregame #quakes74 pic.twitter.com/sqRSIcDUYj— Julio Lara (@julitolara) March 13, 2016
Quakes fans needed little hyperbole to describe the stormy conditions at Avaya:
#SJvPOR pic.twitter.com/GYxC8gO68E— Phil Leyva (@philthisisphil) March 13, 2016
Which made selecting the Drink of the Match Day rather easy:
GAMEDAY!— LOBINA (@LOBINA_QUAKES15) March 13, 2016
Celebrate #SJvPOR with a "Dark & Stormy":
2oz dark/spiced rum
4oz ginger beer
Serve over #Quakes74 ice.
Watch for fallen trees.
Speaking of Timbers Green, the Earthquakes Front Office decided to make this match the "St. Patrick's Day Celebration" with green beer flowing from the taps, smells of corned beef & cabbage sitting in the stands, and not a single Quakes fan wearing green.
(Except for aforementioned Portland ex-pats)
Lineup & Predictions:
Picking a 2-0 #Quakes74 win at Avaya. Goals to Wondolowski and Quintero. #SJvPOR https://t.co/nsvRA4CpGb— William Olson (@DeadSexyWaiter) March 13, 2016
@SJEarthquakes #Quakes74 @ChrisWondo if you score a goal my brother @Just_In_Time10 said he'll buy me a happy meal !! Please score ⚽️⚽️— TJ Donohue (@LEGO_Enthusiast) March 13, 2016
[SPOILER ALERT! Rumor has it Brother spitefully substituted apple slices for fries]
As always, Ted Ramey is in the house & on radio:
The @SJEarthquakes host @TimbersFC at 4 on @1590KLIV catch the broadcast w/myself & @JoeCannonGK1 #Quakes74 #MLS pic.twitter.com/BOGeubnrP7— Ted Ramey (@TedRameyMedia) March 13, 2016
Don't forget that Ted also hosts The Soccer Hour Wednesday nights at 7pm on KNBR 1050, as well as broadcasts many interviews with Quakes legend Joe Cannon throughout the week, such as the lastest on Godoy's personality & play shaping the Quakes character.
Despite the rainy weather (or perhaps because of it), even visiting Portland fans had some props for Avaya:
Providence Park is still home, but kudos San Jose. AVAYA is pretty nice. #SJvPOR pic.twitter.com/tcTqNLrFI5— Sean Spencer (@iamseanspencer) March 13, 2016
And, predictably, also some poops from
Why not @SJEarthquakes ? Well, the players performed like thugs last year and the #ultras are jerks, so there's that. #MLS #SJvPOR— James Jericho (@JamesJericho) March 13, 2016
The "Portland Incident" of August 2013--a low point in the long, proud history of Quakes supporters--still rankles Timbers fans & continues to ripple throughout MLS communities. It seems the move to Avaya has improved more than the pitch & stands: the San Jose Ultras and other supporters groups have been wonderfully positive the past year-plus, & players & fans alike very much appreciate the passion & energy awash in Avaya & away.
It seems as if Q has tested positive, too:
Wtf is that terrifying nightmare of a mascot the Earthquakes have? #SJvPOR— jē-stat-ē (@gstatty) March 13, 2016
The Big One.— LOBINA (@LOBINA_QUAKES15) March 13, 2016
& Q's been working out in the offseason, too.#SJvPOR https://t.co/SlxQ5Rn73z
Even Q's beefed up over the offseason.
Bodes well for the boys (& whatever Q is) on the pitch.
Speaking of mascots, Borschers beware! Quakes brought our own kick-ass beard:
#Quakes74 #tagboard pic.twitter.com/vIcjaKIqTy— Kirby Ralston (@Kirbyr98) March 13, 2016
From a man who knows his saturated grass:
This pitch is the most water-logged I've ever seen. #SJvPOR #Quakes74— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 13, 2016
It was so wet--HOW WET WAS IT?--It was so wet it was even noticed as far away as Poland:
Avaya Stadium jest dzisiaj basenem. #SJvPOR #MLSpl— Katarzyna Przepiórka (@pustulkaa) March 13, 2016
While we didn't have the Wet Away White Kit Contest this match, we did get a glimpse of the crack in Valeri's armor:
Heh, hey Valeri, we see your chonies. #SJvPOR pic.twitter.com/qxybJT7hiz— KK (@k2therend2) March 13, 2016
Portland fans travelled very well for this one #SJvPOR #RCTID #Quakes74 pic.twitter.com/YytA68VFQZ— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 13, 2016
While most view the pitch as half-full, some saw the Quakes field an empty bucket:
Quakes have employed an empty bucket 4-4-2 w/Alashe, Godoy at base of MF. Bucket's quickly filling up with Timbers opportunities, though.— Geoff Lepper (@quakesbeat) March 13, 2016
John Terry to Chris Wondolowski: "Your movement is incredible"
Wondo goal from lower supporters section:
.@ChrisWondo - Score a goal, hit the slip 'n slide. #Quakes74 https://t.co/4A0X5Joc4H— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) March 14, 2016
Wondo goal from Ultras stands:
Bae scored #Quakes74 pic.twitter.com/X4Vpxkx38E— Bijan (@nasty_bij) March 13, 2016
Wondo goal such a gut punch it left skid marks in Portland's lower third:
What happens to the field when @ChrisWondo scores ⚽️ #quakes74 #SJvPOR pic.twitter.com/4wLzzLliBi— Tricia (@sharkielou) March 13, 2016
On this week in "Well, Duh": Wondo scores, rain is wet, balls are round, & Ultras' shirts are off:
Not sure why the San Jose Ultras have their shirts off, but they do. #SJvPOR #RCTID— Sean Spencer (@iamseanspencer) March 13, 2016
Quakes rocking amazing plays on both sides of the pitch! Props to Goodson’s amazing sliding block on Adi:
#Quakes74 defender @ClarenceGoodson is basically as cool as a white guy named Clarence can be.— baby dollars (@beercannes) March 14, 2016
For the record, only reporters and his mother calls him Clarence. A man of the earth, most call him "Clay."
And just before halftime... HOLY SHIT!
Goal Quakes! Amarikwa from 35 yards out. Catches keeper off his line, lobs it all the way over and into the net. Yowza! SJ up 2-0. #SJvPOR— Gary Singh (@gary_singh) March 14, 2016
@dewhurst_paul @QuincyAmarikwa I haven't screamed like that in a long time. #Quakes74— MJ Lee (@SoccerMovieMom) March 14, 2016
Portland fans know their wood, & they know their balls:
#SJQuakes first goal just grazed nuts. The second? Got both of 'em. Damn. #SJvPOR #RCTID And....shit, shit, shit.— Conifers & Citrus (@JeffBull5) March 14, 2016
For the first time in long while, National MLS media lifted head, cocked ears & head in pleasant surprise at anything Quakes:
This goal is throw your controller across the room and scream: "YEAH WELL WE WERE NEVER REALLY FRIENDS ANYWAY" good https://t.co/6yEiZOPzKs— Trevor Hayward (@HeyHayward) March 14, 2016
Quincy flutters a Butterfly Ball in San Jose, a tsunami washes over the soccer world:
Pals in England - if you get a moment, stick on @SkySportsNewsHQ and check out @QuincyAmarikwa's goal of the season contender. #quakes74— Mike Keegan (@MikeKeegan_DM) March 14, 2016
Even Quincy's reps had slip some shade:
Remember when @QuincyAmarikwa was banished by Pareja, dumped by TFC, passed over by RBNY then Klopas took him ? Sure u don't. #SJvPOR— Global Premier Mgmt (@GlobalPremMgmt) March 14, 2016
Portland HT recap:
A #SJvPOR first half recap: Wondo doing Wondo things, Quincy doing Quincy things,Ultras doing mostly crystal meth. #RCTID— Justin (@HootieSmurf) March 14, 2016
Wondo spritely in 2nd half:
Wondo picks Nagbe's pocket and then megs his man in the box. Epic. #OldManGame #SJvPOR #Quakes74— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 14, 2016
Props to Imperio Sismico:
Hey, shout out to @imperiosismico you sound just as loud on tv in Santa Cruz as you do @AvayaStadium ! #rockon #Quakes74— Old Man Jam (@JulianaMarie) March 14, 2016
Gotta love them Quincy Vaselinas:
@QuincyAmarikwa has decided not t shoot anymore straight and just look for "vaselinas", "pallonetto" each&every time #Beautifulmind #SJvPOR— SoccerFútbolCultures (@InakiGonzaloFC) March 14, 2016
Despite McInerney goal, Quakes in position to beat the defending champs while leaving two of their DPs (Innocent, MPG) on the bench. #SJvPOR— Geoff Lepper (@quakesbeat) March 14, 2016
Amarikwa goal animated:
So @SJEarthquakes @QuincyAmarikwa scored quite the goal tonight. Even Q was speechless. #SJvPOR #Quakes74 #RCTID pic.twitter.com/CusGp0vqYu— Bad MLS Comics (@BadMLSComics) March 14, 2016
With the rains easing up at the end of the match, Quakes fans went home wet, warm, & with WIN PIN #2
#WinPin pic.twitter.com/wvakbz0wmM— Quakes Epicenter (@QuakesEpicenter) March 14, 2016
Unfortunately, crazy parking problems continue into 2016:
.@SJEarthquakes just ruined the exit for platinum parking. Thanks for pushing us to the line of ppl making it worse #quakes74 #avayastadium— Uncle Neil (@UncleNeil) March 14, 2016
God bless the head-out parkers @AvayaStadium #quakes74— Robert (@Epicentered) March 14, 2016
Please fix before the All Star Game #Quakes74 We pay good money to park here, this is no good. pic.twitter.com/ZcP4Gfx8CS— Dom (@lovsicfrs) March 14, 2016
Today's #Quakes74 victory not an upset. Last year they finished only 6 pts. behind the Portland Timbers. #SJvPOR— Antonio Guerra (@Guerra11) March 14, 2016
From the opposition:
Pretty impressed with AVAYA. Not a bad seat in the place. #SJvPOR— Sean Spencer (@iamseanspencer) March 14, 2016
My first time to Avaya stadium...whoever planned and built it, well done!!! @SJEarthquakes— bradley h friedel (@friedel_b) March 14, 2016
@friedel_b call the game from the bar #genius— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) March 14, 2016
Quakes Faith will see you through the rain:
Maybe one of the best regular season games I've been to. (In week 2!) And the rain held off! #quakes74 https://t.co/wCgrakbQEa— Tricia (@sharkielou) March 14, 2016
On to LA!
I asked Wondo and Quincy to make LA cry on Saturday. Let's see how it goes.— Sterling McGarvey (@sterling_m) March 14, 2016