San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University men’s soccer team played host to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes in a scrimmage this past Saturday, March 1, at Spartan Field on South Campus. The Earthquakes came away with a 3-0 victory, with all three goals coming on set pieces, two from corner kicks and the other off of a free kick.
San Jose State began the 80-minute contest (two 40-minute halves) with the starting 11 of Richard Mann in goal, Dan Addiego, Ed Brand, Boyah Kaar, Brian McGuire, Ricky Dorrego, Hiroki Akiyama, Alex Diosdado, Nick Cukar, Efrain Burgos, Jr., and Colby Moore. All eligible players appeared in the match. No fewer than 11 players made their Spartan debuts, in 2007 redshirts Addiego, Kaar, Diosdado, Tyler Newman, Robert Jackson, Brent Young, Steve Dongo, Aria Vossoughi, Justin Castro, Sky Cutler and Kachiside Madu. Mann, Lewis Sweeney and Newman all got time in the Spartan net.
Two of the Earthquakes’ goals came during the first half of play. San Jose State had two goals disallowed by the match official in the second half, one for offside and the other on a foul call against the Quakes with the referee not allowing the Spartans to play the advantage.
“The game was an excellent baptism by fire’ match for all of our young guys,” said San Jose State head coach Gary St. Clair, who will be in his 19th season in charge at his alma mater during the 2008 season.
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. Former San Jose State standout Daniel Benton remains on the roster as the third-string goalkeeper behind Joe Cannon and Preston Burpo, and was present during Saturday’s scrimmage, but did not see action as Burpo played in goal. Benton minded the Spartan net from 2001-04.
St. Clair’s Spartans began the spring portion of their training schedule back on Monday, February 18. The scrimmage against the Earthquakes marked their first match of the spring. San Jose State is next set to take on the University of San Francisco on the road this Friday, March 7. Kick-off at Negoesco Field is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Spartans will later 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.