San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State University men’s soccer head coach Gary St. Clair has announced that his program will host Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in a scrimmage this Saturday, March 1, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The regulation 90-minute game will be played at Spartan Field on South Campus, right across 10th Street from Spartan Stadium. The scrimmage is open to the general public and admission is free of charge.
The San Jose Earthquakes are the two-time MLS champions who will be making a return to the league as an expansion franchise for the new season in April after a two-year absence. They have former San Jose State standout Daniel Benton on their roster as the third-string goalkeeper behind Joe Cannon and Preston Burpo. Benton, a Spartan from 2001-04, has appeared thus far in a trio of preseason friendlies, a 1-0 shutout of Cal Poly, a 2-1 defeat of MLS club Columbus Crew and a scoreless draw with D.C. United, also of MLS. He spent the 2007 season with the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Second Division.
St. Clair’s Spartans began the spring portion of their training schedule back on Monday, February 18. The scrimmage against the Earthquakes will mark their first match of the spring. San Jose State will later take on the University of San Francisco on the road on Friday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. The Spartans will take part in mini-tournaments at home with UC Santa Barbara and San Jose Frogs F.C., a member of the USL Premier Development League, on Saturday, April 5, and Cal Poly and Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday, April 12, with the first game beginning at 11:00 a.m. on each date.
San Jose State’s spring competition schedule is slated to end on Saturday, April 19, with a 12:00 p.m. meeting with the University of California at Merritt College in Oakland, Calif.