The Quakes' Alexi Lalas and Travis Watkins with Sunnyvale AYSO Regional Commissioner Becky Cotton and Coach Administrator John Robbins.

Sunnyvale becomes Quakes partner

For the first time ever, the San Jose Earthquakes and Sunnyvale AYSO have teamed up as partners in the Earthquakes' unique Student of the Game program. Sunnyvale AYSO (Region 44) joined as a Quakes partner on March 11.

AYSO's Region 44 covers all of the city of Sunnyvale. Region 44 is open to all boys and girls from four and a half to 18 years old.

"Sunnyvale AYSO is very proud to be league partners with the San Jose Earthquakes," Sunnyvale AYSO Region Commissioner Becky Cotton said. "The partnership program is a wonderful opportunity for us to bring Major League Soccer and the joys and benefits of the game directly into the lives of our soccer players and their families."

Sunnyvale AYSO is part of AYSO Area 2A, which covers the South San Francisco Peninsula. The Sunnyvale AYSO season runs from mid-August to early December each year. For more information about the Sunnyvale AYSO, visit the website at

"It is extremely exciting to add Sunnyvale AYSO as a Student of the Game partner," Earthquakes President & General Manager Alexi Lalas said. "We are proud to be able to work with them and provide the educational and entertainment resources that they are looking for."

AYSO was formed in Los Angeles in 1964 to develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs and to promote a fun, family environment based on the philosophies that everyone plays, teams are balanced, open registration, positive coaching and good sportsmanship.

The Earthquakes Student of the Game program was established in 2002 to provide Bay Area youth soccer leagues with an education-based curriculum that will further enhance youth players', coaches' and parents' soccer knowledge and appreciation for the game. The Earthquakes program motivates and educates by providing partner leagues with exclusive access to the Quakes coaches and players through coaching clinics and appearances, among other benefits.

In addition to a league night and pre-game "Parade of Champions", Student of the Game partner leagues are also able to take advantage of programs such as a special behind the scenes coaching clinic with Quakes and other MLS coaches at an Earthquakes home game in addition to on-site coaches clinics, player appearances, an Alexi Lalas appearance and an exclusive advanced level coaching event for their clubs. Partner leagues receive a newsletter with training tips for players; the ability to purchase uniforms and equipment at reduced rates, discounts on Quakes tickets as well as other fundraising and sponsorship options.

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