Cal North and the San Jose Earthquakes Announce New Partnership
PLEASANTON, Calif. – Cal North and the San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the two soccer organizations have partnered to help promote soccer across all levels and ages throughout Northern California.
“Forever, children have had sports heroes. Because we are very lucky to have one of the pre-eminent MLS franchises in our backyard, Cal North players have these local heroes, located in San Jose to emulate and get to know,” said Cal North Executive Director, Matthew Madeira. “With the help of the Earthquakes, Cal North will promote soccer at all levels. Through our partnership, coaching education, and outreach, Cal North and the San Jose Earthquakes will continue to promote soccer to all who value and appreciate this beautiful game in Northern California.”
“The Earthquakes are committed to promoting the game of soccer to all players, fans and future fans – boys and girls – men and women – around Northern California,” said Tom Fox, President of the San Jose Earthquakes. “We are excited to support Cal North to provide enhanced soccer experiences through game day initiatives, coaching education and collaboration.”
Cal North and the Earthquakes will collaborate on coaching education, clinics, and player identification. Additionally, the Earthquakes will host Cal North Night of Champions events at Avaya Stadium to honor and recognize winners of the Cal North competitions, including State Cup, District Cup, President’s Cup, Founder’s Cup and Association Cup. The Quakes will also become more integrated with Cal North’s communications with its member clubs.
About California Youth Soccer Association
Cal North – “Kids First” is the largest state organization within the US Youth Soccer Association. Cal North registers more than 160,000 players annually, ages 4 to 19, and over 42,000 administrators, coaches and volunteers in 132 member leagues of registration. Cal North is dedicated to assisting parents in developing youth as individuals and not just soccer players in a fun, safe and healthy environment for players at every level of the game. For more information, visit www.calnorth.org.
About San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes are one of 22 teams in Major League Soccer. The club won MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003 and took home Supporters’ Shields in 2005 and 2012. They are led by 2012 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player Chris Wondolowski, one of the most prolific goal scorers in league history. The club opened its new home, Avaya Stadium, in 2015. The stadium holds 18,000 fans and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in MLS. The organization was originally founded in 1974 and was one of 10 charter members of MLS when the league began in 1996. The club’s non-profit arm, the Quakes Foundation, focuses on health and fitness initiatives for underserved youth in the Bay Area. For more information about the Earthquakes, log on to www.sjearthquakes.com.