Quakes Give GM Doyle Contract Extension

Quakes Give GM Doyle Contract Extension

Aug. 25, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE

SAN JOSE The SanJose Earthquakes announced today that they have signed General Manager ofSoccer Operations John Doyle to a contract extension for the 2011 season. Theextension includes an option for 2012. Doyle was originally named generalmanager on Oct. 3, 2007.From an expansion team in2008, John Doyle has done an excellent job building the club from the groundup, said Earthquakes President Michael Crowley. He has built astrong team for this season that is in the heart of the playoff race right nowand there is also a very strong foundation for the future. John also deserves alot of credit for getting our youth academy started this season.Doyleoversaw the return of San Jose to the field in his role as general manager since 2007. He wasinstrumental in the hiring of Frank Yallop as head coach in 2007 and thebuilding of the team staff. Doyle and that staff oversaw a very successfulreturn to San Jose as the Earthquakes posted more wins (8) and points (33) than anyother expansion team in the past decade. After a slow start to 2008, herevamped the roster with the signings of English star Darren Huckerby,Brazilian Francisco Lima and trades for Scott Sealy and Arturo Alvarez. The team made arun for the playoffs that ended in the second-to-last game of the year.Iam thrilled to continue my role here with the Earthquakes, said Doyle.I would like to thank the ownership group for their commitment to thisteam, especially for the construction of the first-class Nutrilite TrainingFacility this year and thesupport tocreate our own youth academy.We have worked hard for the past three years and I believe that we have built asolid foundation to be a successful team year in and year out in MLS.Followingan injury-plagued start to the 2009 season for the Earthquakes, Doyleoverhauled the team again during the summer transfer window as the Quakes put togethera solid finish to the season. The core of that team, including 2010 MLSAll-Star Bobby Convey, has been the key to San Joses resurgence as a playoff contender in 2010. Prior to thisseason, Doyle oversaw one of the most successful drafts in team history, as headded three players, including 2010 Rookie of the Year candidate Ike Opara. Healso added key performers Joey Gjertsen and Jon Busch to the roster. The Quakesequaled their best start in team history (5-2-1) this year and the much-improveddefense currently ranks fourth in the league in goals allowed.Recently,he made one of the biggest transactions in club history, signing Brazilian starGeovanni on Aug. 20. Geovanni, who is the teams first designated playerin team history, has played for FC Barcelona, Benfica, Manchester City and Hull City in his career. He made his debut on Aug. 21 in the teams1-0 win over the LA Galaxy.UnderDoyles guidance, the team also launched the Earthquakes Youth Academy in 2010 with US Soccer Academy teams at the U18 and U16 levels.The academy made its debut at the 2010 SUM Cup at the MLS All-Star Game in Houston.Doyle,a native of Fremont, has been involved with the Earthquakes organization every yearsince 1996. He played and served as captain from 1996-2000. From 2001-03, heserved as an analyst on the teams television broadcasts before moving tothe sidelines as an assistant coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.--Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's

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Altidore, Dempsey lead US past Costa Rica, into Gold Cup final at Levi's

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan's American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 Saturday night and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game.

Playing in his home state of Texas, the 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute and made a perfectly timed through pass six minutes later that allowed Altidore to break in alone and beat goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton with a left-footed shot from 10 yards.

Dempsey doubled the lead in the 82nd minute with a 27-yard shot that went around a four-man defensive wall and got past Pemberton on two bounces. Dempsey has made 136 international appearances, trailing only Cobi Jones (164) and Donovan (157) among American players. The assist was his 20th for the national team.

Trying for their sixth Gold Cup title and first since 2013, the Americans play Mexico or Jamaica in the final on Wednesday at Santa Clara, California.

The U.S. improved to 8-0-5 since Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November and returned for a second strint as national team coach.

Warriors' minority owner announces new pro SF soccer team, stadium intentions

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Lyndsay Radnedge

Warriors' minority owner announces new pro SF soccer team, stadium intentions

New details are emerging about SFFC 2019 as the professional soccer boom in the Bay Area continues. 

San Francisco FC, a prospective new Division II soccer team fronted by the co-founder of Zappos.com Nick Swinmurn, announced their intention to build a new 6,000 seat stadium just south of San Francisco International Airport. The report, out of the San Francisco Chronicle, says SFFC has applied to the United Soccer League and plans to start playing in the spring of 2019, if approved. 

Swinmurn already owns Burlingame Dragons FC -- a Division IV team that plays in the Premier Development League that recently completed its third season. 

SFFC annoucement comes at the heels of the San Francisco Deltas' first season. The Deltas, who finished second during the NASL's latest season, played their inaugural season at Kezar Stadium -- with a capacity for 10,000, the Deltas finished eighth (out of eight) in attendance with an average of 4,502 fans per game and a total of 288,132 attendees, this according to numbers accumulated by SoccerStadiumdigest.com

SFFC will face stiff competition in a crowded Bay Area soccer landscape. Along with the Deltas and Dragons, San Francisco FC will have to compete against San Francisco City FC, another PDL team, and or course, the San Jose Earthquakes, who are in the middle of their most successful season since building Avaya Stadium. 

According to the Chronicle, the new stadium would cost SFFC $3 million. The site is located in Burlingame, near its Bayside Park. Swinmurn, and team president Jordan Gardner, are also looking at other sites in San Francisco. 

“Our ambitions are big. But big doesn’t always mean going to the biggest league you can find," Swinmurn told the Chronicle. "It means creating the best soccer experience that appeals to all kinds of fans. You have to assume that bigger is not always better.”

Swinmurn is also a part of the Golden State Warriors minority ownership group and owns several businesses through his entrepreneurial hub, Lucha Ventures. 

The USL has 30 teams now with plans to expands to as many as 42 in the very near future.