If you have glanced at the New York Times, ESPN or even The Stanford Daily, you have most definitely seen sports and athletes grabbing attention in the headlines. Football. Basketball. Soccer. Andrew Luck. They have each had their share of inspirational stories and quotes plastered all over the front pages.
If you don’t know where to look, you might think that summers at Stanford are totally free of sports. But even in the dog days of July and August, the Farm is host to an eclectic bunch of sporting events that you would never find during the school year.
School may be out for the Cardinal faithful, but the team’s usual home of Stanford Stadium was buzzing with activity last Saturday. It wasn’t for a football game, the venue’s main event, and there were no national teams or popular European squads in sight. Instead, fans in the Stanford area came out in droves to see the San Jose Earthquakes (5-5-6) play the New York Red Bulls (5-3-10) in a nationally televised Major League Soccer contest over Independence Day weekend. San Jose squandered a late lead and settled for a 2-2 tie.