SNAP SHOTS: After 20 minutes of WTF, San Jose get stuff together to quell Caps, connect with Quakes fans after the match.
Drink of the Match (DOTM):
Celebrate #SJvVAN w/ a "Whitecap Margarita":— LOBINA (@LOBINA_QUAKES15) March 11, 2017
2oz white tequila
1/4cup cream of coconut
3tbsp lime juice
Blender w/ #Quakes74 goals! pic.twitter.com/a4pYMII2z4
[LOBINA and all Quakes fan wish Marvell a recovery as speedy as his on the pitch, and hope the rumors of him retiring are untrue—we want a Wynne every match!]
Your #VWFC starting XI #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/mxjWxBf0k5— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) March 12, 2017
Introducing your #Quakes74 starting XI & bench for tonight's match against @WhitecapsFC! #ForwardAsOne pic.twitter.com/cEll5EQ1uD— San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) March 12, 2017
San Jose got rid of the name-only starting lineup card, and rocked a real one with player pictures. Bonus: Flo looks just as at-peace and pleasantly goofy as he does during post-match interviews. Never change, Mein Bruder!
Much history btw these two clubs, i.e.. the 1979 Willie Johnston beer swig goal. I was there! https://t.co/PHI0eLYSDt #SJvVAN @ClassicNASL— Gary Singh (@gary_singh) March 12, 2017
More recent history dropping into Avaya:
Oh hi @JoeCannonGK1!— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) March 12, 2017
Congrats on that @SJEarthquakes hall of fame induction. #GKUnion #VWFC #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/TmefrVNyPl
Quakes legend Joe Cannon (ok, who also played for Vancouver) will be inducted into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame during halftime of the #SJvSEA match on April 8. Be there to cheer on one of the greatest Quakes ever! (And to see if he sprints back up to the KNBR 1050 booth directly or swing by LOBINA first :)
LOBINA BAR TALK:
For Matchday 2, LOBINA was fortunate to talk with SuperQuakes Fan Ari before #SJvVAN:
After many years traveling from San Diego to cheer on San Jose at Buck Shaw, a recent move now has Ari making the shorter commute from San Luis Obispo to add her voice to Avaya. Ari’s connections to the Quakes extend way back and off the pitch as well: after she suffered a career-ending injury while playing high school soccer, Ari’s physical trainer turned out to be a young MLS rookie named Shea Salinas. Another San Jose stalwart recognized Ari’s ardent passion:
Great chatting with you guys last night! Seriously, who drives from Atascadero to see games?? #superfans go @SJEarthquakes https://t.co/F5JGpAeejt— Joe Cannon (@JoeCannonGK1) March 12, 2017
Cancel this “6:45pm Kickoff” crap. Especially when CSNBA doesn’t even start coverage until 7pm. It’s like movie time listings that rush you to your seat so you can sit through 30 minutes of previews. Howabout: “6:45pm Ceremony / 7:10pm Kickoff”? That’s time for at least a couple more beers before the match.
On the plus side, Bay Area Quakes fans frustrated waiting for A’s or Sharks games to end to actually watch the match can find fellowship with our neighbors in the Great White North:
Only in Canada that a soccer match gets delayed due to Curling ⚽️ #SJvVAN #VWFC #Quakes74 #mls @MLSonTSN— biag (@TFCLeafnation) March 12, 2017
Wife's first analysis of the #VWFC 2017 season: "It's a bad hair year." #HotTake cc @Haircaps #SJvVAN— Jorge Mendoza (@JorgeMendoza) March 12, 2017
SAN JOSE PREDICTION:
What...what is Victor Bernardez's hair/head situation right now #quakes74 #SJvVAN— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 12, 2017
Moon over Avaya. Sounds like a '60s easy listening tune, you know? #SJvVAN @ Avaya Stadium https://t.co/7FWT2L8p2h— Gary Singh (@gary_singh) March 12, 2017
Remember this Full Moon.
It’s important later.
On to the action!
Sometimes you go with the Flo, sometimes the Whitecaps rip your surfboard right out from under your feet:
¡GOOOOL de @Etado19!— Fútbol MLS (@futbolMLS) March 12, 2017
Muy temprano en el partido, Hurtado madruga y aprovecha un error defensivo. #SJvVAN 0-1 pic.twitter.com/mO8uE4Zyge
I picked San Jose to finish dead last in the Western Conference this season. I feel pretty confident ab that prediction right now. #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/KAZoDQAqQm— Rapids Rabbi (@rapidsrabbi) March 12, 2017
After a magnificent performance last week, Lima started the second match getting burned bad:
Mezquida gives Vancouver a 2-0 lead! #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/et4ZGD1LkP— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) March 12, 2017
Welcome to MLS, son.
Lima gets beat, Bernardez gets beat, Mezquida makes it 2-0 'Caps. #Quakes74 look hungover from opening night W last wk.#SJvVAN, 0-2, 17'— Jeff Weisinger (@MrWeisGuy) March 12, 2017
No worries, as even the grizzled vets get played hard, as when Wondo was later “defended” in the Box:
Waston had Wondo in a Full Nelson in the box for 30 seconds!#Quakes74 getting Canadian #CONCACAFfed#SJvVAN— LOBINA (@LOBINA_QUAKES15) March 12, 2017
AND THEN, the full moon began to take effect!
Wondo cut down outside the Box:
#VWFC is up 2-0 on #Quakes74 but now down a man. Ousted sent off for taking down Wondolowski in 1v1 breakaway. #SJvVAN #MLS pic.twitter.com/slhnervmZY— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) March 12, 2017
Ousted ousted! Ousted ousted! Ousted ousted! #SJvVAN— Emily Cummings ⭐️ (@emilyrcummings) March 12, 2017
Brilliant thru ball by Simon Dawkins. #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/dD11vEErO1— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) March 12, 2017
Action starting to happen both on and off the pitch!
Awww, my daughter's boyfriend just ask her to prom at the Quakes game. #SJvVAN #ForwardAsOne #Quakes74 pic.twitter.com/RuR7dVxJcW— Laura Blanch (@laurablanchtoo) March 12, 2017
Which remained the best scoring opportunity of the night UNTIL:
TT to Muma to Wondo!— LOBINA (@LOBINA_QUAKES15) March 12, 2017
1-2 33'#SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/O0obySL40E
Tommy’s had a helluva pre-season and sooper-solid performance during the first match against Montreal. Not only does he slash-and-burn the midfield from the outside in, but he’s becoming the Quakes’ go-to guy on corners.
Fab delivery by TT, great Muma battle to win then bounce the ball across the goal, and voracious volley by The Amazing Wondo who—once again—appears in exactly the correct spot in the Box to cannon the ball home.
But yet more quality finishing by the future MLS goal-scoring leader is STILL countered by USMNT-World-Cup-Only-Watching Blather Bros:
Nice goal for Wondo. Wish he could've been so on target v. Belgium. #SJvVAN #stillcantquiteletitgo— Martin Hajovsky (@MartinHajovsky) March 12, 2017
Let it go.*
[*Especially since both Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones shanked point-blank, potential game-winning shots perfectly sent in by who? Wondo. So STFU.]
WE HAVE A Q SPOTTING!!!— Thiago Fernandes (@tfernandes113) March 12, 2017
WHAT THE HELL IS HE SUPPOSED TO BE? #SJvVAN #MLS pic.twitter.com/l6BM5nxpXm
Right now, as a #Bundesliga fan I am disappointed by the level of #SJvVAN. Especially bc I was told #Quakes74 played really well last week..— Paul Bartmuss (@PaulBartmuss) March 12, 2017
Can't EVEN believe @tomthom11 was subbed off. #MLS #Quakes74 #SJvVAN— K. Oehlschlager (@katpwr) March 12, 2017
Btw I never agree with @QuakesForever about Dawkins but he's right, Hyka should've been on for him not TT #SJvVAN #quakes74— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 12, 2017
#Quakes74 homegrown rookie RB Nick Lima scores his 1st #MLS goal! What a great start to his career! Makes it 2-2 vs 10-man #VWFC. #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/R4ta11MWtk— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) March 12, 2017
Sorry guys, that one's on me. I mentioned organization and then no one tracks the RB, who lashes home the equalizer. #SJvVAN 55'— Radio Cascadia (@Radio_Cascadia) March 12, 2017
That said, if Cummings returns as a starting CB and Jungwirth replaces Francis at LB, it would be a fairly genius GM move #SJvVAN #quakes74— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 12, 2017
Filthy blast by Godoy! #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/d9S66F7ZwC— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) March 12, 2017
@mpacific Ousted ousted! Feel free to use that one. Only took me an hour #SJvVAN— Partyballs 5000 (@hanksaw) March 12, 2017
Third scotch now, so I'm keeping up with San Jose's goals at least #sjvvan— Christian B (@crispychri) March 12, 2017
Anibal Godoy refuses to score a boring goal this season. #SJvVAN #MLS— ⚽The Cooligans⚽️ (@SoccerCooligans) March 12, 2017
last year, #quakes74 players would tell me Godoy was "our best player" even when the performances weren't great.— Colin Etnire (@ColinEtnire) March 12, 2017
Sounds right. #SJvVAN
Gotta appreciate a good spin cycle.
Canucks in damage control:
Results/performances like this are to be expected when you consider the next game to be of higher priority than your league game #SJvVAN— INS Media (@insmediadesk) March 12, 2017
If we didn't have important match in 3 days, this would be an awful collapse. But who cares. On to the important one. #SJvVAN #VWFC #Tigres— El Canaco (@ElCanaco) March 12, 2017
Even fab CSNBA Reporter and former Santa Clara Bronco, Carolina Courage, Olympique Lyonnaise, and USWNT defender Danielle Slaton gets in to the Bantz:
"My goal was better. No, mine was. No, mine was." And then Bingham breaks up the debate. @SJEarthquakes win w/ goals by these 3. #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/RasjlRz8kC— danielle slaton (@daniellevslaton) March 12, 2017
Keeping with the local connection: Former Santa Clara University player & Quakes Fan Erik Hurtado on his goal, assist, & loss:
Hurtado: 'It was kind of surreal' #VWFC #SJvVAN pic.twitter.com/emabDr4pne— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) March 12, 2017
Crazy as it sounds, even national media paying more attention to the seismic shaking going down around the Mineta International Airport, and the analytics support the Quakes winning structure:
#Quakes74 homegrown rookie RB Nick Lima in #SJvVAN: 1 goal, 75 passes, 85% PA, 2 key passes, 10 crosses, 112 touches, 2 tackles, 2 int. #MLS pic.twitter.com/BxAryV3UG5— Jason Foster (@JogaBonitoUSA) March 12, 2017
Another big week for Aníbal Godoy! #SJvVAN— Ben Jata (@Ben_Jata) March 12, 2017
- 1 Goal (game-winner)
- 2 Key Passes
- 3 Take-ons
- 5 Tackles
- 9 Recoveries
- 115 Passes (93%) pic.twitter.com/S1c61agy7L
S/o to @ariellec for this article https://t.co/BwpPbhPcU0 pic.twitter.com/Ls1UZ5e8YC— Sam Benavidez (@delasam) March 14, 2017
Quakes After Dark:
After the final whistle, while many Quakes fans mosey out to the parking lots to bask in the glow of victory and the brake lights in front of their car, some follow the singing Ultras out of the North-West Gate and wait around the barriers erected around the team gate and the away team bus for the players to come out for photos, autographs, handshakes, hugs, and heartfelt thanks—from both fans and players.
[Oh, and Ted Ramey and Joe Cannon who, despite their made-for-television faces and fashion, usually slip out undetected. Stop them and hug them. Their kickass play-by-play and color commentary deserve it!]
Over the past few years, the FO have barricaded a large chunk of the ADA parking lot to create a “Safe Zone” around the Away Team Bus:
After the first Quakes home match last week, r/SJEarthquakes Reddit user futbolsoccer posted the query: “Are any other wheelchair-using Quakes fans having difficulty finding ADA spots at Avaya?”
As seen in the illustration above, the Away Team Bus Safe Zone effectively eliminates at least 8 side-loading specific ADA parking spots. After futbolsoccer contacted the Quakes FO by email and COO Jared Shawlee via Twitter (yes, they do read your messages!), a new arrangement appeared for the very next match against Vancouver:
No ADA parking affected, except for the one slot across the drive where a Dutch Quakes player who will remain unnamed parked his SUV. Cheers to futbolsoccer for raising the issue not only on r/SJEarthquakes, but also with the Front Office, and props to the Shawlee and the FO for moving so quickly to create a better environment for everyone:
And to their credit, once the club understood the situation with the team bus in the parking lot they made changes immediately, and said there would be more to come.
The new arrangement actually gives Quakes fans more immediate access to all our players—instead of having to pick a side of the large former “Safe Zone” and hope your fave (Fatai) wonders over to your side, all players just walk out into the parking lot and most make themselves available for autographs, photos, fashion appraisals, recipe swapping, and high fives.
LOBINA is proud to present the first episode of
QUAKES AFTER DARK:
And while we all miss Jordan Stewart’s sparkling style and smile, from the ashes rise FIFA17 wunderkind, quality Defensive Midfielder, and all-around good guy Fatai Alashe to pick up where The Geez left off:
Next Week: Away at SKC!
5:30pm PT on... CSN Plus?!?
See you at Quakes away match watching parties at Rookies, Golden State Brewery, Jack’s Bar, SFAC, Stadium Pub, or online!