Earthquakes Kick Off Season Saturday

The San Jose Earthquakes kick off the 2009 campaign this Saturday against the four–time MLS Cup finalists, the New England Revolution. In building this year’s squad, coach Frank Yallop added several new pieces to the puzzle, the most notable of which is U.S. National Team midfielder Bobby Convey. The Philly native began his MLS career in 2000 with DC United at age 16, during a time when Yallop was DC’s assistant coach. Convey eventually went on to play for Reading FC in England, helping them win the 2005/06 Football League Championship, which earned them promotion to the Premiership for the first time in club history. 

Convey was also the first Reading player to play in the World Cup when he appeared with the U.S. National Team in 2006. He is now 25 years old. Convey normally plays wide left, where the Quakes’ English hero Darren Huckerby usually sets up shop, but Yallop will most likely play him in the middle instead. Also on board for the season is Bakersfield native and UC-Davis forward Quincy Amarikwa, whom San Jose chose in its third round (32nd overall) draft pick. Amarikwa just came off a stellar run at UC-Davis, where he appeared in 77 games over four seasons, notching 31 goals and seven assists. Other new acquisitions include New Zealand native and former L.A. Galaxy midfielder Simon Elliott. Yallop has a good track record with refurbishing former L.A. players, so we shall see.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution, Saturday (March 21) at 7:30pm, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara University. Several ticket packages available at: 408.556.7700 or www.sjearthquakes.com.

5 Comments

  1. Tony, that’s not what I’m suggesting, as evidenced in my comments on the A’s already. I’m simply looking at the glass as half-full on this occasion.

  2. NT Eastside,

    I think it’s great that you and others revel in the Quakes and sports we do have.  However, if you’re suggesting that A’s to San Jose supporters should sit idly by while being lorded over by San Francisco, then shame on you.

    San Jose can (and should) revel in the teams we have AND pursue our own Major league Baseball franchise.

    By the way, Lew Wolff owns BOTH the Quakes and A’s, so you should support both teams.

  3. Gonna be a much better season and should be a win tomorrow. Everyone around here can mope about territorial rights, but I’d rather we revel in the sports we do have.