Burlingame Dragons Strengthen Earthquakes Academy Partnership, Prepare for 2016 Season

PHOTO: Lyndsay Radnedge, Center Line Soccer

It is going to be tough for the Burlingame Dragons to top their inaugural 2015 season after a Southwest Division Title as well as a deep run in the PDL Playoffs, but the team is certainly in a great position to do so. In an eventful offseason, the Dragons made some changes in the front office, strengthened their partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes with several Quakes Academy graduate signings, and also made many other signings for the team.

“We had an amazing inaugural season both on and off the field. However, we are hungry to build off that success and establish ourselves as a model PDL franchise from both the business and technical side,” President Jordan Gardner said of the team. “We have already received incredible community support up and down the Peninsula, and we expect our attendance numbers to jump significantly this year. On the field, we have a very strong team coming in and expect to compete for a PDL Championship.”

The Dragons have a very strong roster, including players like Corey Baird from the US U23s, and also Josh Smith who played for the US U-17s and grew up in Germany playing with for the Bundesliga’s Karlsruher FC academy.

They kicked it off with the signing of Earthquakes Academy Alumni JT Marcinkowski (GK), a freshman at Georgetown. Marcinkowski has been consistently called up to the US U-20 Youth National Team, and had a fantastic first year at Georgetown, posing 9 shutouts as the starter and leading the team to a 16-2-3 record. The Dragons also added Josh Morton (DF), Sam Ebstein (FW), and Nick Lima (DF) from Cal, who are all Quakes academy alumni. Morton and Lima both played and thrived with the Dragons last year, and certainly made an impact on the team.

More recently, the Dragons added Amir Bashti (FW) from Stanford. Bashti is in the same class as Marcinkowski, and is also consistently called up to the US U-20 National Team. Bashti is coming off of a national championship season with Stanford. With Jordan Morris signing with the Seattle Sounders, Bashti will be getting a lot of playing time and spotlight at Stanford for the upcoming year. His time with the Dragons will serve as a great transition into the 2017/18 season.

“We are very excited to sign these talented Quakes Academy products. The high level of the play in the PDL will help them prepare, and grow their talents in advance of professional careers,” Jordan Gardner said of the Quakes Academy signings, five of which they have made thus far. Gardner is joining the Dragons after leaving SF City FC, who juse made the jump to PDL this year. “The PDL is a very important bridge between the college and pro game, and with the outstanding work of the Quakes coaching & technical staff, I’m confident these guys have bright futures.”

Of the three signings, Morton, Bashti, and Marcinkowski are the most likely to go pro and potentially land a homegrown player deal with the Earthquakes.

Anay Patel

I have been a lifelong Quakes fan, and founded Quakes Epicenter in November of 2014. I have been credentialed to cover the Quakes since the 2015 season, and currently serves as the lead editor of the website. Outside of the Quakes, I am currently a student at the University of Southern California studying Computer Science and Business Administration.

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