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06 February 4:29 pm

Here's something that should be music to your ears:

According to MLSsoccer.com's recent Opta Spotlight, the San Jose Earthquakes are the most prolific attack in MLS history. 

The 2012 Supporters' Shield winners' 72 goals in a single season take the cake for the best goal-scoring team in Major League Soccer. Although the 1998 LA Galaxy scored a league-high 85 goals in 32 games, the guys over at MLSsoccer.com say that the game was vastly different in '98 compared to that of 2012. The early years of MLS saw a much more "open" game where goals came easily for the attack. The Galaxy may have seen more in the back of the net that year, but so did everyone. 

The article goes on to show a strategy recently used in a Grantland piece, differentiating teams by measuring how far each total is from a given year's scoring mean. This allows us to compare high-scoring teams to the average for that year. As shown below, the Earthquakes' 72-goal campaign compared to the 45 goal average for 2012 put the team at 2.54 standard deviations above the mean. Simply put, the Quakes' 2012 attack may have been hard to pull off for any other club, but you know those Goonies. They #neversaydie.  

There is a lot more to be learned from this week's Opta Spotlight. Check it out on MLSsoccer.com


*graph provided by MLSsoccer.com 

 

 

04 February 4:58 pm

U.S. Soccer sat down with Wondo, Graham Zusi and Brad Davis following Wondo's brace during the USA v. Korea Republic game on Saturday. 

Best quote from the video? Graham Zusi explains Wondolowski's first goal as "Wondo being Wondo." Yes, all he does is score goals. 

31 January 3:21 pm

In case you missed our logo unveil presentation yesterday or just want to relive it, we and Google Glass have you covered. 

Our presentation #throughglass: 

29 January 11:06 am

We're feeling very thankful now that we're turning 40, and there is no one more that we want to reward than you. 

Thursday's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Logo Unveil marks a new chapter of Earthquakes soccer. We have a lot of special activities planned for you - including a special presentation, live music from The Old Firm Casuals and The Forgotten, player autographs, photo booth, food and drink specials, player Q&A session and a whole lot more. 

We need your help though. What would you ask a current or past Earthquake? Tweet your questions using the hashtag #Quakes74, and you will be automatically entered to win a 2014 jersey. Plus, your question could be answered during the Q&A sessions with current and alumni Earthquakes.

Here's the list of players that will take your questions: 

Current: 

  • Jon Busch 
  • Alan Gordon 
  • Steven Lenhart
  • Jordan Stewart 
  • Mark Watson 

Alumni: 

  • Mani Hernandez 
  • Johnny Moore 
  • Dave Obenour 
  • Art Welsh
  • Chris Dangerfield

Event Details: 

Ask away, Quakes fans. And you could be one of the first to rock our new look! 

 

22 January 3:23 pm

Change is coming. With our 40th Anniversary and New Logo Unveil right around the corner on Jan. 30, we have a lot to look forward to in 2014. 

Quakes prez Dave Kaval sat down with Sports Illustrated's Brian Straus for an exclusive interview on our new stadium progress and the reunification of the Earthquakes. 

16 January 12:29 pm

Was there ever any doubt? From his Vines of new stadium construction updates to a very active Twitter account, Dave Kaval was already in the running for most tech-savvy Prez in the business. 

Add Google Glass to the mix, and he brings his game to whole new level. 

His coverage of the 2014 #SuperDraft gave fans an all-access pass with videos and photos from the Earthquakes draft table.

There's a lot more to come from our President this season, make sure you're following along every step of the way (Twitter - @QuakesPrez, Vine - Dave Kaval). 

Here are a few highlights from his day. Check out his Twitter account for the full run-down: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 January 4:08 pm

Since 1974, your devotion has fueled our passion. You've inspired us to work harder, do better and win. 

Whether you've been a fan for forty years or just for a season, your devotion to the club is what makes San Jose stand out in Major League Soccer. 

As we continue to celebrate our 40th Anniversary and look ahead to our new logo and a new chapter of Earthquakes soccer, we want to showcase you - our devoted fan. 

Tweet us photos of you celebrating the Earthquakes. It can be a photo of you and your friends at a game or you just rocking your Earthquakes pride – you name it, we want to see it. 

Use the hashtag #Quakes74, and you will automatically be entered to win a new 2014 autographed jersey. 

16 December 10:45 am

You're invited to another Wondo Party at Wells Fargo!

Meet Wondo this Saturday from 11:30 - 1 p.m. in Danville for an afternoon of fun festivities, including a DJ, face painting and more.  

13 December 12:32 pm

Mark it on the calendars. The sixth annual Soccer Silicon Valley Community Foundation Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 25 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. 

You won't want to miss this marquee event in the Silicon Valley soccer community. Quakes players will be in attendance, and each guest will have the opportunity to bid on great auction items while enjoying dinner and drinks. 

Plus, U.S. Women's National Team legend Brandi Chastain will be the key note speaker. 

Buy tickets for the event here.