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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES TRAVEL TO VANCOUVER TO FACE A-LEAGUE'S WHITECAPS F.C. IN EXHIBITION MATCH

Quakes To Play Whitecaps for Third Time in History on September 1 at 7:00 p.m. PT

SAN JOSE, CA (August 27, 2003) — The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the team will face the A-League’s Whitecaps F.C. in a Labor Day exhibition match on Monday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. PT at Swangard Stadium in Vancouver.

The Earthquakes take the best record in Major League Soccer, (11-3-7, 40 points) to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps (15-6-7), who are currently on a 13-game unbeaten streak and on top of the A-League’s Pacific Division.

This will be the third meeting between the teams, as San Jose defeated Vancouver 3-1 on June 14, 1998 behind goals from Shawn Medved, Lawrence Lozzano and Martin Vasquez. The teams squared off most recently in 2001 with the Quakes again winning 3-1. Landon Donovan scored two second half goals and Junior Agogo added a goal for the Quakes in the victory at Swangard Stadium.

The game marks a return to Canada for three members of the Earthquakes. San Jose head coach Frank Yallop made 52 appearances for the Canadian National Team from 1990-1997. Quakes goalkeeper Pat Onstad, the leading netminder in MLS, was born in Vancouver and has made 37 appearances for the Canadian National Team, recording 15 international shutouts. Before turning pro, Onstad was a three-time CIAU National Champion with the University of British Columbia and played for the Vancouver 86ers in 1987. San Jose forward Dwayne De Rosario is from Scarborough, Ontario and has 16 appearances for Canada. He started his professional career in 1997 with the Toronto Lynx of the A-League.

In the midst of their third six-game unbeaten streak of the season, the Quakes return to MLS action on Saturday, August 30 when they host the Colorado Rapids at 7:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium. With a win, San Jose would be the first team in MLS to clinch a playoff spot. The Quakes can also clinch if the Dallas Burn loses to the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday. The first 5,000 fans at Spartan will receive an Earthquakes mini-fan, presented by RadioShack.

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i wonder if setting up a feeder system between the two is a feasible idea. ala, manchester united with royal antwerp/sporting lisbon. they seem to be putting together a good friendship. too bad the caps can't enter the u.s. open cup. cuz if they met it'd be a similar atmosphere to manchester united v. celtic.

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quote:Originally posted by Krammerhead

Why would it be like Manchester United vs Celtic? The 2 previous meetings in Vancouver against San Jose never sold out.

If we are lucky there will NEVER be a feeder system between Vancouver and San Jose. The A-League is second division NOT a farm system for the MLS.

I agree that the feeder system concept is flawed, but maybe for different reasons. Mostly it seems that a team has to sign the player they want, irregardless of where they come from. And for an A-League player why have your options limited by such a "feeder" concept, if an MLS team wants you and can pay more than you get, allow you some higher profile play, you go and ignore who the supposed partner team is. An open market.

Another thing is whether two teams have good relations and the club directors get along, so you can work deals more easily (like it seems with these friendly matches). But it should never be fixed in any way as far as I can see. I don't even know if it is possible for an MLS player to be loaned to an A-League side, but if so you loan out to a team that wants a player and where the player wants to go. No more or less.

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quote:Originally posted by Jeffrey S.

I don't even know if it is possible for an MLS player to be loaned to an A-League side, but if so you loan out to a team that wants a player and where the player wants to go. No more or less.

The MLS does loan players out to the A-League. In fact a strange thing occured in last nights US Open cup match between LA and Seattle.

One of the players for Seattle is on loan from LA and he was eligable to play for either side according to their rules as he wasn't "US Open Cup tied".

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2001631248_sounders27.html

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