San Jose midfielder Joey Gjertsen was nursing a quad strain this week, but he wasn’t going to let that keep him from playing so close to his hometown of Tacoma.
“I was a little banged up, but I wasn’t going to miss this game for anything,” he said. “It was a huge game. (I knew) lot of people there.”
Gjertsen attended Wilson High School, Tacoma Community College and The Evergreen State University. He played five seasons in the United Soccer Leagues before signing with San Jose on Feb. 11. He made his MLS debut on March 27, first start April 10, notched his first assist on April 17, and scored his first goal May 8.
And he was back in the starting lineup today, playing 55 minutes as the Earthquakes moved their record to 5-2-1.
“I’m pretty happy with the way it’s worked out, especially with the start we’ve had,” he said. “It’s been a great start, and you’re not going to have too many complaints when you’re winning.”