“O’Brien draws out tons of fans to honor U.S. military service at California Clásico in lieu of a winner for the red white and blue”

For Immediate Release:


Henry Smith


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The San Jose Earthquakes hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy for another California Clásico, a nationally renowned soccer match, this past Saturday (June 30th 2018), with this particular game featuring a patriotic halftime ceremony commemorating the U.S. military.

In attendance were forty service personnel from all five branches of the military, whose respective services were recognized at halftime via a procession of flags and presentation of USA signage accompanied by fireworks on the field. This patriotic mid game ceremony would not have been possible without O’Brien Marketing’s donation of the 40 tickets.

“This is our fifth year participating with the military for this game. It’s an event near and dear to our heart” says C Patrick O’Brien, CEO of O’Brien Marketing.

This year’s California Clásico was the highest grossing game in San Jose Earthquakes history, with the actual fan attendance coming in at 54,624 people.

“The Earthquakes are proud to support United States military and will continue to do so every year for the California Clásico“ - Jed Mettee, SVP of Marketing and Communications for the San Jose Earthquakes.

June 30th 2018 California Clásico Results

The game ended in a 3-3 Draw, featuring two goals from newly arrived Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The overall record of this rivalry holds that the Galaxy has won 31, the Quakes have won 22, and there have been 15 draws (68 total games).

About California Clásico:

The San Jose Earthquakes have been contending with the Los Angeles Galaxy since their first meeting in 1996, but this iconic matchup that has now earned “Clásico” status in the American soccer world. With the arrival of overseas stars to play on MLS teams starting with big names including David Beckham all the way up to Wayne Rooney, this rivalry’s legacy has risen to national following. This game not only symbolizes the cultural clash of Northern California liberals versus Southern California conservatives, but it also highlights the growth and  expansion of soccer in America. Evident in the need to use Stanford’s stadium to fit all 54,624 fans for this most recent Clásico compared to the old Quake capacity capping out at 10,000, this distinguished game has achieved national renown as one of soccer in the USA’s most significant rivalries.

About O’Brien Marketing:

O’Brien Marketing is a Southern California boutique agency specializing in the business of media buying, advertising and all types of marketing including sports, Hispanic, entertainment and event marketing. With more than 45 years of collective experience in the industry, O’Brien Marketing uses their unprecedented working knowledge of the media landscape to ensure success for their clients through their extensive market research, creative negotiation strategies, execution and implementation.