The Earthquakes plan to begin construction on their 18,000-seat soccer stadium by Feb. 26, club president Dave Kaval said Friday.
Workers will start by clearing the 75-acre site along Coleman Avenue across from Mineta San Jose International Airport. The $60-million, privately financed stadium is expected to open in spring 2014.
"We want to open for beginning of next season," Kaval said. "But it's almost too early to say." Liverpool FC promoted Sunnyvale teenager Marc Pelosi to its A team for Europa League competition. The 18-year-old former De Anza Force midfielder will join the Reds' main squad for the round of 32 next week. Santa Clara goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh and midfielder Benji Joya of San Jose were named to the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF under-20 championship, which runs Feb. 18-March 3 in Mexico.
San Jose State earned a sweep, Stanford had a split -- being no-hit by former Mitty High star Keilani Ricketts in one of the games -- and third-ranked Cal lost its season opener at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Cal lost 3-2 in nine innings to Kentucky despite a complete-game effort by Jolene Henderson. Stanford, ranked No. 20, lost 6-0 to 2012 college player of the year Rickets and No. 2 Oklahoma, but beat Portland State 3-1 behind Erin Ashby's two RBIs.
San Jose State (3-0) posted wins over Cal State Northridge 6-5 and New Mexico 9-0.
The San Francisco Giants' 2010 and '12 World Series trophies will be at Municipal Stadium between 4-6 p.m. on Mar. 7. Fans can have their photo taken with the trophies by making a voluntary contribution to the Junior Giants Baseball League during the trophy viewing. San Jose State's baseball team is holding a fundraiser Saturday at the Silver Creek Sports Complex starting at 5 p.m. with a silent auction. For more information call 408-924-1262. Bekah Gher won the all-around to help the San Jose State women's gymnastics team win 193.625-191.450 at Seattle Pacific on Friday. The No. 19 Stanford men's tennis team lost 7-0 to No. 3 UCLA. No. 13 Cal lost 7-0 to four-time defending NCAA champion USC. Steven Irvin and Brian Cook combined for 46 kills, but the No. 4 Stanford men's volleyball team lost 25-18, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 to top-ranked UC Irvine.