Sports - October 5, 2011

Earthquakes give clinic for youth soccer players

The San Jose Earthquakes and the Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Region 109 held a soccer clinic on Aug. 31 at Burgess Park in Menlo Park.

Five Earthquakes players — including two Menlo Park residents, Bobby Burling and Jason Hernandez — led kids age 9 and above through an hour-long skills clinic. The clinic was for soccer players who had registered for the fall 2011 session.

"Bobby and I love getting out into the community and any time you get to do something special in your own backyard, it means even more," said said Hernandez, No. 21 on the San Jose Earthquakes.

Rex Bessler, an AYSO Region 109 player and Menlo Park resident, said he goes to the Earthquakes games, so getting to see the players up close was "really amazing."

"The players were friendly and encouraging," he added.

As part of the ongoing collaboration between Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Region 109 and the San Jose Earthquakes, more than 1,600 children who are part of the region had a chance to attend the Sept. 10 game between San Jose Earthquakes and Chicago Fire.

AYSO Region 109 is an all-volunteer youth soccer league that serves the Menlo Park-Atherton community. It has 140 teams, 430 coaches, and 170 referees. AYSO Region 109 is an all-volunteer organization.

Information submitted by Sal Arora of Menlo Park, who is on the volunteer staff of Menlo Park-Atherton AYSO Region 109.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields