The Quakes won their second Supporters' Shield, broke ground on a new stadium, and so much more
November 14, 2012
What an amazing season. It's hard to express in words how proud I am of our team, our front office, and our fans. It was truly a magical year filled with memorable moments that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
While we did not achieve our ultimate objective to add another star to our kit, we made amazing progress both on and off the pitch that will position us for many more stars in the future. I thought that the best way to recap such a great season was with a top ten list. However, I was unable to boil it down to 10 top moments so I have decided to go with a top-20 list.
You know you had a great year when you need to kick it up a notch to 20.
Kaval's Top 20 from the 2012 MLS Season
Major props to our 1906 Ultras for their amazing tifo in 2012, especially the Star Wars version; best tifo in the League.
"Soccer Returns to Kezar Stadium"
Even though the result wasn't as memorable, soccer returning to San Francisco's Kezar Stadium in the form of our US Open Cup match against Seattle Sounders FC was pretty special. The match was a throwback to some old school soccer.
"Hat Trick Hero"
Wondo's hat trick against Colorado on Oct. 6 made the chase for Roy Lassiter's record a reality.
"Birth of the Goonies"
Alan Gordon's stoppage-time goal against LA in May and the goal celebration to follow were memorable enough by themselves. Steven Lenhart's post-game quote set the tone for the rest of the season: the birth of #gooniesneversaydie
"Stanford Stadium Clasico"
A two-goal comeback against LA on ESPN, 50,391 fans, an amazing Wondo back-heel goal and celebration with U.S. Armed Forces - this game had everything and it will be remembered as one of the best matches in MLS history.
"Blond-Haired Bedlam at Buck Shaw"
Down 1-0 against the Chicago Fire? No problem - the Goonies found a way to get a result. Lenny scored in the 98th minute on wig night to earn a point for the Quakes. Right out of Hollywood...
"Two Words: Supporters' Shield"
With 19 teams and a brutally difficult Western Conference, the best record in MLS and the corresponding Supporters' Shield was a truly unbelievable accomplishment. Credit to our players and their collective will power that propelled us to a team-record 66 points and the coveted Shield. Feel free to stop by the office to get your photo with the trophy. You gotta love the extra silverware next to our two MLS Cups.
"Guinness Record Groundbreaking"
We did it! Our stadium is on its way and we celebrated by breaking the Guinness Record for largest participatory groundbreaking with 6,256 folks turning dirt. This event was so important because a new stadium is critical to the success of the club both on and off the pitch. A big THANK YOU to all the fans who turned out to set the record.