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February 11, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

Miscellaneous Notes

Earthquakes Lose to Fire in Santa Barbara

The Earthquakes dropped a 1-0 decision to the Chicago Fire in an 80-minute match played at Harder Stadium on the campus of UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 9. Jeff Larentowicz netted the last-minute winner from the penalty spot after Fire trialist Quincy Amarikwa was fouled in the box. The Quakes reserves also faced the Ventura County Fusion (PDL) on Monday, winning 2-1 thanks to a pair of goals from trialist Matt Fondy. The Foster City native followed up a blast off the post by fellow trialist Alexandre Gonzalez Emerson in the 14th minute and doubled his haul a minute later, beating the keeper after Jacob Hustedt won a ball in the attacking third.

Bernardez Helps Honduras to 2-1 Win in WCQ

Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez started and played 90 minutes for Honduras on Feb. 6, helping the Catrachos to a 2-1 win over the United States in World Cup qualifying. Bernardez helped set up the first Honduran goal with a cross into the box. He will rejoin his San Jose teammates at training this week before the team heads to Portland this weekend.

Stanford Stadium Tickets Now on Sale

Ticket sales for the Quakes match at Stanford on June 29 against the LA Galaxy, presented by XFINITY, have started quickly with 10,000 tickets already sold following the initial week of sales. They can be purchased by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 800-225-2277. Groups of 10 or more should call the club's headquarters at 408-556-7700. Last year's match drew a capacity crowd of 50,391 for a 4-3 Earthquakes win against the Galaxy.

Supporters' Shield Celebration at Opener

The San Jose Earthquakes announced that Visa will be the presenting sponsor for the club's season opener against Real Salt Lake on Sunday, March 3 at Buck Shaw Stadium (7 p.m. PT). Visa will provide 5,000 Earthquakes pennants commemorating the club's Supporters' Shield title in 2012. Prior to kickoff on opening night, Earthquakes fans will present the Supporters' Shield trophy to players and coaches during a special ceremony. The club will also unfurl a banner celebrating the achievement that will remain hanging in Buck Shaw Stadium throughout the 2013 season. In addition to the Supporters' Shield festivities, fans who spend $40 with their Visa card at the team store during the match will receive a complimentary beanie courtesy of Visa while supplies last. A limited number of tickets remain for the opener and fans can purchase tickets by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com or calling 800-225-2277. All groups of 10 or more should call the club's front office at 408-556-7700 and ask to speak to a sales representative. Additionally, season ticket packages are available by visiting www.sjearthquakes.com/2013 or calling the front office.

Doyle Nominated for National Soccer Hall of Fame

Earthquakes general manager John Doyle is among 15 names on the National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot for veteran players. Doyle has been a key piece of the U.S. Soccer landscape on a number of different levels. The former University of San Francisco All-American enjoyed one of the most decorated playing careers in U.S. soccer history. Doyle first began training with the U.S. national team in 1987 and was a member of the squad until 1994. He played in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 1990 World Cup in Italy, as well as the 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Doyle earned 53 caps for the U.S., notching three goals and two assists. He has been a part of the Earthquakes' staff as a player, coach, television analyst and general manager and resides in the club's Hall of Fame. Voting is open to select individuals through Feb. 22.

Season Tickets on Sale/Priority for New Stadium

Season tickets for the 2013 season at Buck Shaw Stadium are still available. By purchasing season tickets for the final season at Buck Shaw Stadium, fans can enter the queue for priority seating for the Earthquakes New Stadium. Season ticket holders are currently selecting their seats for the New Stadium. To purchase season tickets or for more information, please contact the Earthquakes headquarters at 408-556-7700.

San Jose Earthquakes Preseason Game Schedule:

Jan. 29 - #Earthquakes 2, Houston Dynamo 0

Feb. 2 - #Earthquakes 0, Colorado Rapids 1

Feb 9 - Earthquakes 0, Chicago Fire 1 at Harder Stadium (UC Santa Barbara)

Feb. 11 - Earthquakes 2, Ventura County Fusion 1 (Oxnard Community College)

Feb. 17 - %Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers, 5 p.m. PT

Feb. 20 - %Earthquakes vs. AIK (Sweden), 5 p.m. PT

Feb. 23 - %Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m. PT

Note: Dates and times are subject to change. Games may be added at any time.

#The Desert Friendlies presented by FC Tucson at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.

%Timbers Preseason Tournament at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore.

San Jose Earthquakes Preseason Travel Schedule:

Jan. 19 - Team Physicals

Jan. 21-27 - San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility

Jan. 28-Feb. 2 - Tucson, Ariz. at Kino Sports Complex

Feb. 3-6 - San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility

Feb. 7-12 - Ventura, Calif. at Oxnard Community College

Feb. 13-14 - San Jose, Calif. at Earthquakes Training Facility

Feb. 15-Feb. 23 - Training in Portland, Ore. (Matches on Feb. 17, Feb. 20, Feb. 23)

Academy Report

McIntosh Called to U.S. U-20 Duty

Earthquakes Academy goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh was among 18 players named to the U.S. roster ahead of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico from Feb. 18 to March 3. The Santa Clara University product has been a mainstay for the U.S. at the youth levels, including a starting job for the Americans in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico. The U.S. is grouped with Costa Rica and Haiti in Group A and opens the tournament against Haiti on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Estadio OlÃ-mpico Universitario Lobos BUAP in Puebla. The USA then faces Costa Rica at 5:30 p.m. CT on Feb. 22 at Estadio OlÃ-mpico. Should the USA advance to the quarterfinals, its match would take place on Feb. 26. The semifinal stage is set for March 1 and the championship and third-place games on March 3.

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