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.

    Softball

    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.


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    San Jose State (3-0) posted wins over Cal State Northridge 6-5 and New Mexico 9-0.

    Miscellany

    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.