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Turlock PDL team readies for season opener

POSTED May 2, 2014 10:55 p.m.

The San Jose Earthquakes Premier Development League team, which is based here in Turlock, will conclude its preseason this upcoming weekend with back-to-back exhibition matchups today and Sunday.

But before the U-23 Quakes squad hits the pitch today, they will be participating in the Cinco de Mayo parade in Ceres.

"Guys will walk and sign autographs and give schedule cards," SJ Earthquakes PDL head coach Dana Taylor said about today's parade appearance.

"Fans can come early to get signatures from players as they will interact before and after with the community. If they want to come see the team, they are more than welcome to come out early," Marketing and Promotions director for the Quakes PDL team Caleb Monticalvo added.

The current squad has 26 players on the roster for coach Taylor, but the number of players will increase to the 35-man set roster, hopefully, within the next two weeks.

Today's scrimmage matchup will be against UC Santa Cruz at Hayward, followed by a Sunday matchup in Turlock against Academica at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, with both games set to begin at 6 p.m.

"Saturday's game is about us trying to oversee the two groups as we mix and match new guys just coming in with the guys that have been with the crew for a month now; we will do that both days," said Taylor. "Academica is a tough team, very competitive in the valley for amateur so we're looking at a great game on Sunday and I am also looking forward to see how the guys do after back to back games."

The Quakes PDL team has its season opener scheduled for May 9,  as they will travel to Southern California to square off against the Ventura Fusion. The home opener is set for May 31.

"This weekend is about evaluating talent, I have a good feel for the team already, but Ventura has turned more pro players from any team, top team in country at this level," Taylor said.

Game tickets can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Turlock Parks and Recreation Department, 144 S. Broadway.

"Our goal is to make this an event something that people are looking forward to... something that people want to be a part of for a long time," said Taylor. "Anybody in the community who is looking to join forces with the Quakes they can reach out to me at my work number."

The regular season games will be available to stream on YouTube. â€‹

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