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Above: Danny Califf carries the ball upfield

Depleted Earthquakes reserves defeat FC Dallas 3-1, 5/15

Saturday's game was a bittersweet one for the San Jose Earthquakes. Beginning the game without defensive incumbent, Craig Waibel, who was injured during the week, the Quakes had one foot in the bucket. FC Dallas is one of the MLS's premier sides with a rebuilt, star-studded lineup.


The 'Quakes defense would be tasked with arguably the league's most dangerous forward, Eddie Johnson. Eddie tied 'Quakes' Brian Ching last year for the league lead in goals, and at 21 years old is a star for the U.S. National team. Opposite Johnson is Carlos Ruiz, one of the most controversial players in the league, known for his diving. 


The Waibel-less 'Quakes were up to the task, tying the game 0-0 and earning a point in the standings. However, the game did not come without a cost.


The Earthquakes saw three of their star players leave the game due to injury. Troy Dayak (knee), Brian Ching (Hamstring), and Brian Mullan (ankle) are all All-Star players who went down. To make matter worse, Richard Mulrooney (FC Dallas) also was injured (knee) in his first game back in San Jose after 6 great years in a Quakes uniform.


After the tough game, the 'Quakes reserves were set to play up at Valley Christian against the FC Dallas reserves. The weather was perfect, and the game was hard fought. The Earthquakes ended up defeating the Dallas reserves 3-1. A recap can be found here on the Earthquakes site.


Photos (taken by John Basanese Sr.) can be seen here.


"Having these players up here is special, there is no other way to put it. Eddie Johnson will probably be the starting forward for the U.S. in the 2006 World Cup. He'll be on talk shows, magazine covers...he's a world star and he spent Sunday morning at Valley Christian," VC asst. coach John Basanese stated.


"Beyond Eddie, there were probably 6-8 players up here today that have spent time on the US National team. Greg Vanney and Johnson will start at the end of this month in the US vs. England game! These guys are incredible ball players who, for one day, shared the same field as the Valley Christian soccer players. I can't really imagine anything better than that" added Basanese.


About 130 fans came out to see the match. The next match will pit the 'Quakes reserves against the DC United Reserves. The game is scheduled for June 5th at 10am, and Freddy Adu will likely be on the VC campus.


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

  • 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