Shea Salinas

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This week on Here’s What We Know, our host Gary Scott Thomas had a candid conversation about the fascinating world of soccer and being a man of faith, featuring our guest, Shea Salinas, known for his remarkable tenure as the winger of the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Join us as we explore Shea’s journey into soccer and personal growth through family life. Tune in now!

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In this Episode:

  • Discover Shea’s remarkable story of how he got into soccer.
  • Shea shares the sacrifice made by his parents to support his dream.
  • Hear about the evolution of soccer’s popularity across small towns in America and insights into something he aims to address through coaching education and retention strategies for soccer.
  • Hear about family dynamics and how Shea balances his children’s screen time with creative outdoor play for development.
  • Listen to Shea’s first professional game experience, where he played against iconic figures like David Beckham.
  • Be inspired by how faith changes Shea’s life to be peaceful and stable and how he acts as a role model to his teammates.


“It’s an extremely accessible sport. You can be any size and play the sport.”  ~Shea Salinas

“I think autonomy comes out of necessity. It’s a survival.” ~Shea Salinas

“Just know your value. Know where you’re needed.” ~Shea Salinas

“Being a man of faith, being a Christian, is about having a relationship with God.” ~Shea Salinas

“Our life is so dependent on how well we perform.” ~Shea Salinas

“My faith has really allowed me to have this like stable joy, hope and peace, and it’s not dependent on all of these things.” ~Shea Salinas

“The reason He came is because He knows we were not going to do that perfectly. We’re all going to fall short of that standard and we’re all going to have temptations and we’re all going to be selfish. So that’s why Jesus had to come is, to like give us mercy and grace, so that we could be closer to God.” ~Shea Salinas

“He made water into wine. But he did it all with a purpose. And that’s how I want to live. It’s like, man, I want to have fun and have abundant life. I go out with my teammates, but I want to do it with a purpose. I want to build a relationship. I want to point people to how we should treat others and how we should be kind.” ~Shea Salinas

“I think it’s biblical to put your wife first or your marriage first, but it’s also counter-intuitively, it’s what’s best for the kid because they see stability. They see this safe place, this safe relationship that they could put their trust in.” ~Shea Salinas

“the sacrificial joy. It’s the counterintuitive life that the Bible calls us to. When we make sacrifices, we actually receive great joy.” ~Shea Salinas

“Every scientist at this point would say that the earth had a beginning, that creation had a beginning. And that statement alone should give you faith in a creator because that means if it had a beginning, something had to start it, something had to have been outside of time, something had to have been extremely intelligent, something had to be everlasting and all-powerful and something had to be really kind to give us this place where we could live.” ~Shea Salinas


Shea Salinas is a distinguished professional soccer player known for his remarkable tenure with the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer (MLS). Shea has built a reputation as a versatile and dedicated midfielder/winger. He began his professional career in 2008 when he was selected 15th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS SuperDraft.

Throughout his career, Shea became a fan favorite for his relentless work ethic, speed, and ability to deliver precise crosses. He played a crucial role in the Earthquakes’ successes, including their memorable Supporters’ Shield victory in 2012. Known for his leadership both on and off the field, Shea has been an integral part of the Earthquakes’ squad for over a decade, making over 300 appearances for the club.

In addition to his club career, Shea is recognized for his community involvement and dedication to charitable causes, embodying the spirit of sportsmanship and teamwork. His contributions to the game and his community have left an indelible mark, making him one of the most respected players in the league.

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