The West Coast Earthquakes 07-08 team spent Saturday morning at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose to practice on the San Jose Earthquake’s home soccer field! The boys were so happy to play on the Earthquake’s field. One of the players, Matthew Valenzuela, said as he approached the stadium, “I’m going to close my eyes! I’m too excited to look. Tell me when we’re there!” The boys walked in awe through the stadium as they read off the names from the banners hanging of their favorite Earthquake’s players. They even found the clubs DOC Troy Dayak’s player banner! Stuart Rafferty, the team’s coach, said he had never seen all the boys smile so much during a practice. The boys had a practice and then a scrimmage on the field, while parents watched from the patio suites. Then, they were able to take pictures with the mascot and have a blast playing in the 7UP Epicenter Fan Zone. It was a great way to celebrate with the boys and their proud parents and coach as they ended their 2016 season with 16 wins. The Boys were stunned by the news that Quakes Academy Coach Paul Hollocher will be in attendance at the upcoming Regional Development School tryout in Mountain House, CA on Nov. 18 from 7-9 p.m. The director of the RDS is Troy Dayak, Quakes Hall of Famer and two-time MLS Cup champion. One of the staff coaches this year is Marques White former Quakes full time Academy coach and former MLS player. Current Earthquakes player Tommy Thompson who came through the Quakes developmental program will also be attending the RDS tryouts.
The tryout is for both boys and girls born between 2005-09 and takes place at Mountain House High School, located at 1090 South Central Pkwy.
The RDS Program will span eight weeks, beginning the week of Dec. 5, with one training per week in Mountain House. Each young athlete will be receiving top level training by Earthquakes approved staff and a Quakes jersey, shorts and socks. The RDS will also have an opportunity to scrimmage other Quakes regional developments schools at different locations throughout Northern California.