The 1906 Ultras, the San Jose Earthquakes most vocal and boisterous supporters group, lost one of their own in January when Chris Hacker died. As an honor to the dedicated fan, the Ultras displayed a memorial tifo and the Quakes held a moment of silence ahead of the club's first match at Avaya Stadium -- a 3-2 victory by San Jose over the LA Galaxy.
Finally, David Beckham has launched a clothing line. The global soccer superstar will no longer need to stand around in his signature H&M underwear, feeling a chill. And though the new Beckham fashions look chic, Earthquakes mascot "Q" is likely unimpressed.
Might the new Earthquakes stadium be named Avaya Stadium? Rumors of a naming rights deal have circulated today, and this photo was published on Twitter. Avaya, a spinoff of Lucent Technologies, is Business Communications Solutions provider. If this turns out to be true, it is a very nice get by Earthquakes president Dave Kaval.
"The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Honduran 2010 World Cup veteran Walter “Pery” Martinez. Martinez, 30, has 12 goals and over 40 caps for the Honduras national team since 2002. He played in each of Los Catrachos’ three games at the 2010 World Cup, including a full 90 minutes against Spain and second-half appearances against Switzerland and Chile."
In what must be considered a spirited display of the rivalry between competing supporters, the San Jose Earthquakes main fan group 1906 Ultras displayed a pregame Tifo that poked fun at the perceived relationship between the owner of the Portland Timbers, Merritt Paulson, and the nationally acclaimed Timbers Army that supports the team. Paulson as puppet-master and the Army as sheep? Not quite offensive, but definitely pushing the bounds of spiritedness.
Sure, who wouldn't want to see the Lenhart Shuffle. Now, if only the ingenious creator of this objet d'art could find a way to turn it into an animation...
For the second time this season, midfielder Jean-Marc Alexandre is heading out on loan to the Orlando City SC. With the Earthquakes eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup, Alexandre has had little opportunity to get on the pitch, so heading to Florida for another short-term loan makes sense for the fourth year MLS veteran. With just six minutes of first team playing time -- a short cameo at the end of the match at Real Salt Lake -- Alexandre needs to stay ready in case injuries or poor play from the starters necessitates his inclusion in the Earthquakes starting XI. (Photo: Jonathan Lorentz, orlandocitysoccer.com)
As the players entered Stanford Stadium in anticipation of the second California Clasico of 2012, the Earthquakes supporters group 1906 Ultras unveiled a four-piece tifo that celebrated the team's past while also looking ahead to a promising future. The stadium rim tagline read "The dreams of the future are even better than the history of the past" -- with banners of the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup trophies and Chris Wondolowski in the present day. After the Earthquakes 4-3 victory over the Galaxy, supporters dreams of another championship look that much brighter.
From the "Where are they now?" file we give you an update on former San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Weber. Turns out the back-up back-stop kept busy following his release from the Quakes at the end of the 2011 MLS season. Andrew, along with his twin brother Elliot, were contestants on the CBS reality television show "The Amazing Race". Here's hoping the current MLS free agent gets more face time on the show than he did appearance time between the posts for the Earthquakes.
In a leaked photograph obtained by Center Line Soccer, the new San Jose Earthquakes 2012 home jersey has been revealed. Looks like the Quakes are going to continue with the all black with blue trim design, but curious is what is not included on the leaked jersey...