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San Jose Earthquakes

May 2, 2011

The San Jose Earthquakes are one of MLS’ oldest and newest franchises at the same time. San Jose was a founding member, then known as the “Clash.” In 2005, the club was moved to Houston and San Jose was left without a team. Owner Lew Wolff came onboard in 2006, and San Jose was granted an expansion team. The Quakes won two MLS Cups, one in 2001 and another in 2003.

Chris Wondolowski spent years lighting up the MLS reserve league with Houston before he was traded to San Jose in 2009. The next season, Wondolowski had a storybook year, as he not only established himself, but led MLS in goals scored with 18, despite lacking the physical and athletic makeup of other MLS forwards. This earned Wondolowski a cup of coffee with the U.S. national team.

Though short in stature, Jon Busch has settled in nicely with San Jose after usurping the shot-stopper spot from Joe Cannon. Busch was named the MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2008 with Chicago, but was a salary-cap casualty in 2010. That brought him to the Earthquakes.

Ronald Cerritos was instrumental in San Jose’s first MLS Cup win in 2001. He is the Earthquakes’ all-time leader in goals and assists and is one of only two members inducted into the Earthquakes Hall of Fame. Cerritos made 66 appearances for El Salvador’s national team.

Until their move to Houston, the Earthquakes played every match at Spartan Stadium on the San Jose State campus. When San Jose rejoined MLS, they called Santa Clara University’s Buck Shaw Stadium (capacity: 10,300) home. Due to the stadium’s small capacity (currently the smallest in MLS), the Earthquakes would move matches with large expected attendances to Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

MLS Cup (2): 2001, 2003
Supporters’ Shield (1): 2005

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