Starting Friday with “Quake it up day” featuring a street team roaming around San Jose, other events include a day of service on Saturday and a select-a-seat event for season-ticket holders at Earthquakes stadium, also on Saturday. There will be a flag raising ceremony Monday, a city proclamation at City Hall on Tuesday...and that’s just the half of it. Between city government events, happy hour events, activities for kids and more, there’s tons to do. Check out the team’s landing page for more information on these activities ahead of the home opener.
Here’s more news for your Thursday:
- Tarbell immediately involved with Crew: The big news on Wednesday around the Quakes was the trade of former starting goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell to Columbus Crew SC. Tarbell played in Columbus’ preseason game Wednesday against the Red Bulls, so he was ready to go, and ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle reported that San Jose will still be paying a portion of Tarbell’s salary.
Last year, Tarbell was on 235k in guaranteed comp, but I hear #Quakes74 is eating some of Tarbell's salary.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) February 19, 2020
- USWNT coming to SJ: The World Cup champs are coming to Earthquakes Stadium, as they’ll host Brazil in a friendly on April 14 at 7 pm PT. This will likely be the last California game they play before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Preseason win over Reno: Details were scant from Tuesday’s preseason friendly against Reno 1868, but MLSsoccer.com wraps up the scorers in San Jose’s 5-1 win behind closed doors.
- MLS Fantasy ranks: The new version of MLS Fantasy is being rolled out, and among the rankings so far, Florian Jungwirth is the top-ranked Quakes defender, at No. 14, Magnus Eriksson is the highest-ranked midfielder, at No. 23, and Chris Wondolowski is the only Quakes forward in the Top 25. The big shock is that Daniel Vega is the No. 4 ranked GK in the game. I’m not saying he’s not decent, but this ranking seems to indicate he’s a good value relative to his quality in the game heading into the season. Frankly, it looks like the entire Quakes roster will be value plays this season, with the budgets being fixed this go-round.
Today’s question: Will you be headed to any of the community events ahead of the season? Let’s hear about it, or whatever you want to discuss, in the comments below!