Friday, January 20, 2012

San Jose Earthquakes

What could be more awesome than seeing the boys in blue back on the training pitch? As our beloved Earthquakes prepare for their opener on March 10 against the New England Revolution, we are eager with anticipation that this is going to be an amazing season. The roster this year looks tight and it is so sweet to see Steven Lenhart back. Truth be told there are some faces that we will miss this year: Bobby Burling went to the new expansion team in Montreal, Bobby Convey is now in Kansas City, and Chris Leitch now plays for the MLS Champion (and Earthquake arch rival) LA Galaxy. We will miss them, but they will always be family.

Chris Wondolowski is currently training with the US Men's National Team, but he will be back in a Quakes uniform soon. Will Wondo get the Golden Boot again this year? I think his chances to do so are very good. Getting phenomenal service over the past couple of years was surely a key to Wondo's success, but no one can doubt that his athleticism and his drive and determination on and off the ball played a key roll in his quest for the Golden Boot. Wondo is a hard worker, he loves the game, and he gets what teamwork means. He and the rest of the Earthquakes lineup definitely have what it takes to get back in the playoffs this year.

Oh, and I just want to give a shout out to Ramiro Corrales! Ramiro has been in the MLS since 1996 and last year he broke the Quakes all-time record for games started and minutes played - the guy is a stud. His style of defense out on the left wing is remarkable - and as the oldest player on the roster he still sets an incredible example of athleticism, grit, and determination. Two goals and two assists last year prove that he is a defender that makes things happen.


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