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Stars visit Valley Christian as Quakes tie Wizards 4/24


In the first of five matches to be played at Valley Christian, the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves played the Kansas City Wizards to a 0-0 tie.


The well played defensive affair featured established stars, aging stars, and future stars. The Wizard's starting lineup included World Cup veteran Preki along with upcoming prospect Jack Jewsbury. The Wizards arrived in a luxury coach bus and were ushered to the visitors lockeroom under the VC football stadium. Head coach, Bob Gansler led the team off the bus around 8:45 am.


The 'Quakes arrived around 9am and began warming up. Coaches Dominic Kinnear and John Doyle's lineup included Jon Conway, Ryan Cochrane, Ricardo Clark, Ian Russell, Alejandro Moreno, and several other well known players.


"I'm surprised to see so many big name guys out here, this is really fun to see them this close," fan David Favela commented during the game.


The 100 or so fans included Earthquake and World Cup star, Brian Ching who watched the game with his wife. MLS #1 Draft Pick Danny O'Rourke was also in attendance along with Wade Barrett, Craig Waibel, and Eddie Robinson...all 'Quakes starting players.


Press also attended the game from Major League Soccer and the San Jose Mercury News. A write-up on the game can be found here.


Valley Christian assistant coach John Basanese had this to say following the game.


"Today was very special in many ways. For one, we just had a real professional soccer matched played on our field, with our goals, our corner flags, our benches, etc. Watching Preki warm up on the same field as my kids was pretty special for me."


Even though these games are 'Reserve League' matches, they do count. The league is tracking the results (here) and is very serious about supporting it.


"For a high school soccer stadium to be able to support a top division professional sports game, it has to be top class. I'm very proud to be a part of such a great school, with such great facilities to be able to pull something like this off. I think as a program, we take it for granted sometimes," Basanese added.


It was a special day for Valley Christian, and the game went off without a hitch. The fans got a chance to see their heroes up close, and get autographs afterwards...and see some great soccer.


Four more games remain, so be sure to make it out!  Here is the remaining schedule:

  • 5/15 vs. FC Dallas - 10 AM

  • 6/5 vs. DC United - 10 AM

  • 6/19 vs. Real Salt Lake - 10 AM

  • 6/26 vs. L.A. Galaxy - 10 AM

For questions, contact John Basanese at: john@vcsoccer.com