The franchise’s official name changed from Clash to Earthquakes on October 27, 1999. After missing four consecutive post-seasons with three different coaches, the Earthquakes hired head coach Frank Yallop days before the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. Yallop’s personnel changes and deft coaching with the help of assistant coach Dominic Kinnear and goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley, along with the allocation of star forward Landon Donovan on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, quickly turned around the Earthquakes’ on-field fortunes, spurring the biggest regular-season turnaround in league history (from 29 points in 2000 to 45 points in 2001) and leading the team to a 2–1 MLS Cup 2001 overtime victory over the archrival Los Angeles Galaxy.
MLS Cup 2001 was the sixth edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on October 21, 2001, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It was contested by the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy, a pair of in-state rivals from California, to decide the champion of the 2001 season. San Jose won their first title, defeating Los Angeles 2–1 in overtime with a golden goal scored by Dwayne De Rosario in the 96th minute.
San Jose was appearing in their first MLS Cup, while Los Angeles had lost two previous finals; the two teams finished at the top of the Western Division in regular season play, which was cut short by the September 11 attacks. The Earthquakes, under their first season with manager Frank Yallop, won their quarterfinals series against the Columbus Crew over two legs and defeated the league-leading Miami Fusion after extra time in the third leg of the semifinals. The Galaxy defeated the MetroStars in the quarterfinals and Chicago Fire in the semifinals with a golden goal scored in extra time of the third leg for both series.
It was the first MLS Cup to match two teams from both the same conference and state against each other and the second MLS Cup to end with a golden goal. Frank Yallop became the first former MLS player to coach a team to an MLS Cup title. Crew Stadium became the first soccer-specific stadium to host the MLS Cup, which had an attendance of 21,626 spectators.
MLS Cup 2003 was the eighth edition of the MLS Cup, the championship match of Major League Soccer (MLS), which took place on November 23, 2003. It was hosted at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and was contested by the Chicago Fire and the San Jose Earthquakes to decide the champion of the 2003 season. Both teams had previously won the MLS Cup and we’re looking for their second championship.
San Jose defeated Chicago 4–2, clinching their second championship in three years; Landon Donovan scored two goals and was named the match’s most valuable player. The match included a sequence of three goals scored within a five-minute period early in the second half and had the earliest goal scored in MLS Cup history, the competition’s first own goal, and the first penalty kick awarded in a final. It was also the highest-scoring final, with six goals in total.
The franchise began play in 1996 (originally as the San Jose Clash) as one of the charter clubs of the league. The Earthquakes took part in the first game in MLS history, defeating D.C. United 1–0. The Earthquakes have won two MLS Cup titles, in 2001 and 2003.
The Earthquakes returned after a two-year hiatus, resuming play in 2008. Argentinian Matías Almeyda is the Quakes’ current head coach. Since 2015, the Earthquakes have played their home games at Earthquakes Stadium (named Avaya Stadium from 2015 to 2019). The team previously played its home games at Buck Shaw Stadium on the Santa Clara University campus in Santa Clara, California from 2008 to 2014.
1996 – Present / Major League Soccer
2000 – 2005, 2008 – Present / San Jose Earthquakes
1996 – 1999 / San Jose Clash
Earthquakes – The name Earthquakes originally came from a newspaper contest in the San Jose Mercury News, in which fans were encouraged to send in suggestions for the name of the franchise. Earthquakes was chosen by the team’s general manager Dick Berg, but was criticized due to San Jose’s proximity to the San Andreas Fault.
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2015 – Present / Earthquakes Stadium
2008 – 2014 / Buck Shaw Stadium
1996 – 2005 / Spartan Stadium
2007 – Present / Lewis Wolff and John J. Fisher (Earthquakes Soccer, LLC)
2003 – 2005 / Anschutz Entertainment Group
2002 – 2003 / Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment and Anschutz Entertainment Group
2001 – 2002 / Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment
1999 – 2000 / Robert Kraft
1996 -1998 / Major League Soccer
*Blue is this team’s history