DAY 11 (Aug. 11): Fans Wig Out For Lenhart
On Saturday, July 28, the San Jose Earthquakes gave away blonde wigs to the first 2,500 fans in attendance, honoring the competitive play and cult following of Azusa Pacific soccer alum Steven Lenhart.
Lenhart, who graduated from Azusa Pacific after leading the Cougars to the 2007 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, is the third-leading scorer for the Earthquakes, who currently lead the Major League Soccer (MLS) Western Conference heading into Saturday night’s clash with third-place Seattle, and his aggressive style of play has turned the fifth-year forward into one of the league’s most polarizing players. Soccer Newsday’s Chris Enger hates him, and seemingly so do San Jose’s conference rivals, the Seattle Sounders. However, a style of play that has rewarded him with a team-leading seven yellow cards is also recognized as an element of San Jose’s success this season.