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Clarence Goodson on his Way to World Cup Spot and San Jose Earthquakes Add Spanish Giants to Summer Schedule

A summer trip to Brazil is definitely on Clarence Goodson’s mind.

Jurgen Klinsmann is set to announce his preliminary 30-man roster for the World Cup on May 13, and the national team’s  training camp is slated to get underway the following day at Stanford. After the San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-0 win over Chivas USA on Saturday, the central defender admitted that he’s been thinking about soccer’s biggest tournament.

“Of course. It’s in the back of your mind, it’s right around the corner, but what’s most important right now is playing well with the Quakes. You know that will give you the opportunity to be in a camp to try and make a World Cup team. If you don’t do it here, then you don’t deserve to go there.”

The 2010 World Cup veteran is certainly getting the job done with the Quakes. At Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday, Goodson anchored the back line  as the squad recorded its second straight clean sheet. For that performance, the 31-year-old was one of two Quakes players to earn a spot on the MLS Team of the Week.

Benjamin Baer of MLSsoccer.com dubbed Goodson a “lock” for the 30-man training camp roster. Of course, his absence would leave the Quakes in a tough spot defensively—especially if the club’s other center back Victor Bernardez lands on the Honduran team.

Goodson, Bernardez and striker Chris Wondolowski could all miss up to seven MLS games depending on how far their respective teams advance in the World Cup.


Yannick Djalo was the other Quake to make the Team of the Week after scoring his first goal as a San Jose player.

Head coach Mark Watson described the winger’s volley as a “fantastic finish.”

“It’s a tough skill,” said Watson. “It may look easy, but it’s certainly not.”

Striker Alan Gordon sees a bright future for the 27-year-old.

“Without him we’re pretty one-dimensional. He gives us that x-factor, it’s great to have him. I’m excited to watch him get better as he gets more fit.”

Gordon also weighed in on the positive effect that Djalo’s presence has on the rest of the team.

“He’s kind of the piece that we needed. So, that’s a huge plus. He changed the game tonight and scored the big goal for the win. When he’s on the field, he’s just a dangerous player. So, it opens things up for everybody. When he gets the ball, he’s going to make something happen, which is great.”

The Quakes made a major splash with the news that the club will be facing off against Atletico Madrid in an exhibition game on July 27  at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The Spanish giants currently sit atop the table in La Liga, and Quakes’ president Dave Kaval described the opportunity to play a UEFA Champions League semifinalists as a “special  experience,” via the team’s website.

Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 4pm, will be available on sjearthquakes.com starting on Tuesday, May 20.

The 1906 Ultras provided quite the visual on Saturday to celebrate their 11th anniversary supporting the club.

Up next, the Quakes take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Saturday at 4pm. The game can be seen on CSN California and heard on 1590 KLIV and 1370 KZSF (Spanish).

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