Jurgen Klinsmann was in the Bay Area this weekend to check out some U-18 Academy games, and he drove by the San Jose Earthquakes new Avaya Stadium. Color the U.S. men's national team impressed, as he Tweeted out his critical review of the gleaming epicenter of San Jose soccer. Hey, Jurgen! Perhaps it's time to schedule a USMNT match at Avaya. Maybe in the lead up to this summer's Gold Cup?
Selected in the fourth round, #66 overall, in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Sacramento native Chimdum Mez announced on Twitter that he has not signed with the San Jose Earthquakes. A four-year starter at Sacramento State, Mez impressed in a Quakes combine last December and was a surprise pick in the draft. The 6'5" forward is free to sign outside of MLS, but the Earthquakes retain his rights and can trade them to another MLS side if their is interest within the league. MLS SuperDraft third round selection, goalkeeper Keasel Broome, is still training with the team and is line to become the Quakes third goalkeeper behind David Bingham and Bryan Meredith if he is signed.
Not quite a month ago, as college seniors from around the nation prepared to gather in Florida for the MLS Combine, U.C. Davis center back Ramon Martin del Campo sat confidently, knowing he had already secured a contract deal with the league. The Earthquakes, whose U-23 PDL side Martin del Campo had starred on last summer, were his expected suitors.Fast forward to today, and RMdC went through four rounds of the MLS SuperDraft unselected, had his contract deal with MLS voided, and had no offers on the table. Down but not out, the center back has resurfaced in LA, on trial with the Galaxy. What a difference a month makes!
After getting snubbed last year, the LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane was named the 2014 MLS MVP. The award was voted on by players, front office personnel, and the media. While Keano was the best choice, topping New England's Lee Nguyen and Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins, the Irish international taking home MLS MVP gives Earthquakes fans one more reason to hate LA.
As MLS teams disclose their roster decisions in the lead-up to Draft Season, one interesting name -- a blast from the past -- has emerged. Toronto FC has severed ties with former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. The Quakes legend could be a sensible pick-up for San Jose in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft. If he can be signed on the cheap, De Ro would be a great bench player for Dominic Kinnear's side in 2015. So, what do you think?
The San Jose Earthquakes are still without a shirt sponsor. Backheel.com suggests that craft breweries would be a great fit for MLS shirt sponsorship. The Bay Area is home to some amazing craft breweries. This all seems like such a no-brainer!
The hits keep coming for the San Jose Earthquakes as now they must soldier on for the next two matches without the suspended Steven Lenhart. Add in the still sidelined Alan Gordon, and the return to a first-choice starting XI has again been put on hold. What does it all mean? For answers, this week’s Center Line Soccer Radio Roundtable delves into what the team needs to do to survive an upcoming Canadian double-dip at Buck Shaw Stadium. Both Montreal and Toronto head west to face a Quakes team that is winless in five matches. Who comes out on top? Let Robert Jonas, Lisa Erickson, Lyndsay Radnedge, and Pete Ratajczak guide you forward. Questions for the roundtable? Send them to CLSRoundtable@gmail.com and listen out for next week’s episode.
Lisa Erickson was on Kevin Laramée's show Off The Woodworkx discussing San Jose Earthquakes and Montreal Impact.
On the MLS Talk Stoppage Time podcast, Lisa Erickson, Rob Hay Jr. & Earl Reed discuss San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake, ChivasUSA, Jay DeMerit's injury, and preview the coming weekend's matches and more.
Check out what the San Jose Earthquakes players have to say about their goals and aspirations for 2013.