Monday, March 7, 2011

SLOw Monday Recap

The Quakes returned to San Jose with two more wins to add to their preseason tally, with he first team beating the Colorado Rapids 1-0 and a younger set of reserves and trialists defeating Cal Poly by the same score.
Wondo continues find the net, this time with a first half penalty fired straight down the middle to beat Matt Pickens.
In the scrimmage against Cal Poly (two 30-minute halves were played) trialist Matt Luzunaris finished a chance created by Bobby Convey to take down the hosting Cal Poly. Luzunaris also came on as a sub in the Rapids match, and showed well mixing it up with the Colorado centerbacks, and engaging in physical play holding up the ball.
Luzunaris has been trialling extensively with San Jose in the pre-season. The 21-year-old has already played in Germany and Austria, as well as a loan spell in Brazil with giants Botafogo. Visa restrictions did not allow to play with the Brazilian team, but he spent his time training with the first team.
Luzunaris also scored two goals against Cal-Berkeley during a pre-season scrimmage in February, and one in the exhibition against Colchester in England.
Steven Lenhart underwent minor surgery in his knee after picking up a knock right before the team left their stay in England. Lenhart will be out for the season opener, but here's hoping that he isn't out much longer than that!
Everyone's smartphones were out at Thursday's demolition ceremony, and there are some great photos and videos posted from the event around the web. The highlight for many was seeing a refigerator taken out of the building and completely demolished by the excavator. Listen to those "ooh"s and "aah"s!

Last but not least, the Quakes Academy teams were both in action this weekend in Southern California. The U16 team won both their matches, defeated Arsenal FC 1-0 and Real Salt Lake's U16s 2-1. The U18s were less fortunate, defeating Arsenal FC 4-0 but falling to their Real Salt Lake counterparts 2-0. The 20 match schedule in the USSF Development Academy Northwest Division will be going on throughout the year.

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