Stanford senior midfielder JJ Koval was selected ninth in the MLS SuperDraft by the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday morning, marking the second time in as many years the South Bay squad has added a Cardinal player.
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For most teams, an overtime loss in the NCAA semifinals to the eventual champions would make for a successful end to the season. Most teams, however, aren’t like Stanford women’s soccer. The Cardinal has appeared in five straight NCAA College Cups dating back to 2008, and after winning the national championship in 2011, falling short in 2012 was a tough pill to swallow.
On Sunday, June 30, the San Jose Earthquakes welcomed the Los Angeles Galaxy to Stanford Stadium in another California Clásico rivalry game. A year ago I was lucky enough to watch the same contest from the media box high above the field. The stadium looked packed, you could even hear the cheering throughout from the heavens, and the Quakes edged an eventful 4-3 contest to seal a home win. I had never seen Stanford Stadium that full or that loud; I was impressed.
Adam Jahn breaks through for first professional goal with Earthquakes, a candidate for MLS Player of the Week
Coming on in the 66th minute of San Jose’s marquee matchup against the New York Red Bulls on ESPN2 on Sunday night, Jahn endeared himself to the Earthquakes faithful, as well as coach Frank Yallop, with a late equalizing strike that is a finalist for MLS Goal of the Week. Not bad for someone who didn’t have a bio in the game notes.
Stanford senior Adam Jahn, who led the men’s soccer team this season with a career-high 13 goals and 30 points, was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes with the 15th overall pick in Tuesday’s MLS Supplemental Draft. The Davis, Calif. native Jahn was invited to the MLS pre-draft combine and named among the top-60 draft-eligible players in the country, but he was very pleased to be selected by a team so close to home.
Last Saturday night, Stanford Stadium played host to a different sort of football. Though the yard lines were still clearly visible under green paint, the stands were packed with soccer fans massed to watch the San Jose Earthquakes defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3 in a heated rivalry game.
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.