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06 February 5:29 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 5:58 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 4:21 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 12:06 pm

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! 

 

27 January 10:52 am

The San Jose Earthquakes reported to camp over the weekend for team physicals and fitness testing. They’ll be at the field today to begin ball work and continue their preparation ahead of the team’s first preseason trip in Tucson next week.

Keep an eye out for coverage from a number of local media outlets. KGO-TV and Comcast SportsNet will each be at training today as well as reporters from the Mercury News, ESPN.com, MLSsoccer.com and Centerlinesoccer.com. Also, rookie midfielder JJ Koval will be on KRON4 News with Gary Radnich tonight at 6:40 p.m. PT.

Here’s a glance at what the roster looks like at the moment:

GOALKEEPERS (4) – David Bingham, Jon Busch, *Billy Knutsen, Bryan Meredith.
DEFENDERS (12) – ^Javier Alvial, Brandon Barklage, Victor Bernardez, *Devante Dubose, Shaun Francis, Clarence Goodson, ^Andreas Gorlitz, Ty Harden, Jason Hernandez, Tommy Muller, *Joe Sofia, Jordan Stewart.
MIDFIELDERS (12) – Cordell Cato, *A.J. Corrado, Sam Cronin, Sam Garza, ^Tishan Hanley, Atiba Harris, *JJ Koval, Walter Martinez, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, Shea Salinas, Tommy Thompson, ^Gustavo Zamudio
FORWARDS (6) – Mike Fucito, Alan Gordon, Adam Jahn, Steven Lenhart, Billy Schuler, Chris Wondolowski.

*Unsigned 2014 MLS SuperDraft pick
^Trialist

22 January 4:23 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 1:29 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 5:08 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. 

19 December 5:08 pm

Congratulations to Quakes U14 Pre-Academy players Marco Campos and J.J. Foe Nuphaus for being selected to participate in the 2014 id2 National Selection International Tour to Italy, which will be held February 27 – March 10. 

ABOUT THE 2014 id2 NATIONAL SELECTION INTERNATIONAL TOUR: 

The id2 National Selection will consist of 18 male players born in 2000, chosen from all participants in 2013 id2 Program cycle. With the training grounds and stadiums of some of Italy’s top professional clubs as a setting, the team will have the opportunity to train and compete against youth academies from well-known professional clubs , and attend professional games.

Beyond the chance to be immersed in a professional soccer environment and showcase their abilities to the international soccer community, the tour offers players the unique educational and cultural experience of life in a foreign country.

The tour is at no cost to players, except for personal passport-related expenses, etc. US Club Soccer and Nike will fund the tour, including airfare, lodging and meals, and provide a comprehensive training and competition package.