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For Quakes in Orlando: A Draw Is a Win for All

While Quakes fought back to a 2-2 road tie, San Jose Ultras reached beyond the pitch (& across the country) to support #OrlandoUnited. Because soccer is really about love & community.

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Week 13 - #ORLvSJ

Drink Of The Match:

Or if you need something stronger:

Great pre-match news (for Quakes fans, not Panama—sorry!):

After many weeks away from MLS play, Quakes fans had a lot to say:

A Match About Much More Than MLS:

San Jose Ultras hosted a watch party at Golden State Brewery that featured a raffle with all proceeds—matched by San Jose Earthquakes—to go directly to #OneOrlando to support the victims & families of the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub the week before the match.  New Quakes sponsor TCL donated a 50" 4K TV (the same ones at LOBINA!) as the grand prize, and many Quakes fans donated jerseys & other soccer parenphanilia to make it a great community event.

And all the Ultras & other Quakes fans were ready to rock!

LINEUPS:

The visiting Quakes:

And the homeside Orlando City:

FIRST HALF:

Oh Captain My Captain Chris Wondolowski was still on U.S. national team duty, & more than one Quakes fan has noticed a disturbing trend:

HALFTIME:

More Ultras raffle for #OneOrlando!

Quakes fans at Golden State Brewery (a few miles north of Avaya) were a lively mix of longtime Ultras, steadfast supporters, recent converts, kids young & old, & plenty of four-legged fans.  Very warm & positive atmosphere, with plenty of singing.  Pretty much next best thing to watching the match at the stadium.  There was even a dude with a LOBINA jersey!

We thought LOBINA’s social media minon was the only one with a LOBINA jersey, but this dude did it all on his own!  When interviewed, he said. "No matter which players are on the squad, LOBINA will always be there."

We can drink to that!

Quakes definitely missed talismanic goalscorer Chris Wondolowski on the pitch, but he was there in spirit (& watching from USMNT camp):

SECOND HALF:

At the 49th minute, both sides stopped the match in honor of the 49 people who lost their lives:

This is the first time MLS has stopped play in its 21-year history.

Play resumed with renewed energy, & then…

IT’S COMEBACK TIME!!!!

Quakes supporters in San Jose did their part to will the team back into the game:

Back at Golden State Brewery, San Jose Ultras approve of the equalizer:

AND THEN:

AND THEN:

SUPER SUB SALINAS!!!

One more time?

Ok:

FINAL: 2-2

POST MATCH:

Viewing party & raffle big success too:

So Quakes come back 2-2 to earn a point on the road, fans of all diverse backgrounds gathered together to cheer on San Jose & to help our fellow MLS community, & Love moves all our heavy hearts forward.

See you at Standford at 7pm on June 25th for #CaliClasico!!!!