Quakes midfielder excited to take on the D.C. United 

Third-year midfielder Sam Cronin and the San Jose Earthquakes take a 4-4-4 record into Saturday’s Major League Soccer road match against the D.C. United. The 24-year-old and Quakes forward Chris Wondolowski were called up to the U.S. national men’s soccer team, but Cronin did not make the cut for the Gold Cup roster after playing in the 2009 event.

How has this season gone for the Quakes? It has been a little up-and-down for us, but I think we finally have a formula down.

What has it been like with the national team? It was great. I felt really fortunate to get called up to the Gold Cup. I was trying to do well the last time. It all happened really quick. It was a really good learning experience and I’m continuing to grow as a player.

What are your chances for the next World Cup? That [date is] far out. Right now, just want to do well with the Earthquakes and improve as a player. I just have to focus on my game and if national team calls me, great.

You are from Atlanta and went to Wake Forest University. How do you like the West Coast? California has been great. I hadn’t really spent much time here, but the weather is great, obviously.

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