As Eritreans and Eritrean-Americans it is a blessing to see one of our own playing in the USA. What makes it even unique is that Henok Goitom is a humble individual who has done incredibly well as a person and athlete. He embodies the Eritrean people's attitude. His upbringing in Sweden to Eritrean parents has turned him into a great person. He is a great role model and the Eritrean community in San Jose and the Bay area should seize on this great opportunity that the San Jose Earthquakes have provided. Henok is also an ambassador of the Eritrean people and communities across the world. He was picked by a team that has strong soccer traditions.
Who are the San Jose Earthquakes?
So as a young man myself, I watched the North American Soccer League and witnessed some of the best players in the world at the time like Johan Cruyff of Holland, Giorgio Chinaglia of Lazio, Ray Hudson, Nene Cubillas of Peru and the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, Jomo Sono, Gordon Banks, Franz Bekenbauer, Roberto Bettega, Gerd Muller, Kaz Deyna of Poland, Eusebio, Pele and many more. One player I can never forget introduced me to the San Jose Earthquakes and he was truly the "Best" in the old Irish spirit of love, George Best one of the most incredible and skillful players for the San Jose Earthquakes. He was a blast to watch and even had scored the budweiser Goal of the year after he dribbled past defenders of the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers to put the ball in the back of the net.
George Best of the San Jose Earthquakes scored this fantastic goal against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers on July 22, 1981 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. It's often called the greatest goal in NASL history. The franchise's roots trace back to 1974, when the North American Soccer League (NASL) awarded an expansion franchise to San Jose, named the Earthquakes. The name Earthquakes originally came from a newspaper contest in the San Jose Mercury News, in which fans were encouraged to send in suggestions for the name of the franchise. Henok will also be the George Best of his era as he will add a lot of energy to the team as it attempts to make the playoffs this year.
So far the San Jose Earthquakes will try to extend their unbeaten streak to six games and move above the red line in Major League Soccer's playoff race. San Jose (7-6-10) is seventh in Major League Soccer's Western Conference standings with 31 points, just one point behind the sixth-place Portland Timbers whom Henok Goitom scored a goal against during his visit to the USA while he was with AIK Stockholm. Houston, meanwhile is (4-10-9) and in last place in the Western Conference with 21 points. San Jose has not lost in its last five outings. The Earthquakes are coming off a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Hopefully the will continue to win and slide into the playoffs.
Already according to San Jose, "Henok is a proven goal scorer that will add punch to our offense," Earthquakes general manager John Doyle said. "We think he will be a great fit for the club both on the field and in the locker room.
Go and Support here is all the information that you need.
Kickoff: 8:00 p.m.
Gates Open: 6:00 p.m.
Parking Lots Open: 4:00 p.m.
Will Call and Guest Services Open: 5:30 p.m.
Special Event: Portuguese Heritage Night
Giveaway: 5,000 Meriwest Credit Union Lunch Bags
Have a great time and don't forget to wave the Eritrean flags so that Henok Can see it.
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