FEATURE: Where are they now? | The 2001 San Jose Earthquakes

2001 MLS Cup Celebration Web

Jeff Agoos

Jeff Agoos, defender for San Jose, competed for the Quakes from 2001 to 2004, scoring six goals and tallying 10 assists, and earning the 2001 MLS Defender of the Year. Agoos helped the Quakes win MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. After his final season with the Quakes, Agoos played one more season with the New York Red Bulls before retiring from MLS. 

Today, he lives in New York where he is currently Senior Vice President of competition, operations and medical administration at Major League Soccer.

Wade Barrett

Wade Barrett tallied six assists and one goal in 24 appearances during the 2021 regular season. Barrett was influential during the MLS Cup Playoffs, starting in all six postseason matches and tallying four assists. Barrett continued to play for the Quakes until 2005 and finished his professional playing career with the Houston Dynamo from 2005-2009. On the international stage, Barrett made two appearances with the United States Men’s National Team.

After retiring in 2009, Barrett stayed in Houston and became an assistant coach with the first team prior to the 2010 MLS season. He served in that role for six years before being promoted to interim head coach in 2016.

Scott Bower

Scott Bower was a midfielder for the 2001 MLS Cup championship team. He later spent time with the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC.

Bower currently serves as the Technical Director for Cincinnati United Soccer Club.

Dario Brose

Dario Brose joined San Jose in 1999 and spent three seasons with the club before retiring from MLS. An influential member of the Quakes in 2000, Brose made 21 starts and 28 appearances, earning him a spot on the MLS All-Star team that year. 

Brose is now a soccer agent based in North Carolina, helping youth soccer players fulfill their dreams of going professional.   

Joe Cannon

Joe Cannon started all but one match during the championship season in 2001, recording seven shutouts in 25 appearances. Cannon would enjoy a long playing career in MLS, competing for San Jose (1998-2002, 2008-10), Colorado (2003-06), LA (2007) and Vancouver (2011-13). Cannon won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year twice (2002, 2004) and finished as runner-up three times (2000, 2001, 2005).

Cannon has served as the color analyst for Quakes’ radio broadcasts since 2014. He also held the title of executive director for the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club and served as head coach of PDL side Burlingame Dragons FC in 2017.

Chris Carrieri

Chris Carrieri was drafted first overall by the Quakes in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft. Carrieri would later make five regular season appearances prior to being traded to the Colorado Rapids. The San Antonio, Texas native would continue his MLS career with Colorado (2001-2003) and Chicago (2004) before competing in several lower American soccer leagues, such as the United Soccer League, A-League and Major Indoor Soccer League, through 2010.

Ronald Cerritos

Ronald Cerritos was an important player in the Quakes’ 2001 season, tallying 11 goals and six assists in his 25 regular-season appearances. The El Salvadorian has become a Quakes legend in his six years with the club and holds several spots in the Quakes’ stat book. For San Jose, Cerritos is second in goals (61), second in assists (47), second in multi-goal matches (8), and tenth in games played (148). 

After finishing his playing career with stints in the United Soccer League (USL), Cerritos became the founder and director of Cerritos Soccer Club in Maryland. In 2010, Cerritos became the second player to be inducted in the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame. 

Jimmy Conrad

Jimmy Conrad, defender for San Jose, competed for the Quakes from 1999 to 2002, scoring two goals and tallying six assists. Conrad helped win the Quakes win MLS Cup in 2001. After his final season with the Quakes, Conrad played with Sporting Kansas City for eight seasons and played his final season with Chivas USA in 2011. 

Today, he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters. Conrad is active on social media and also creates YouTube videos, TikToks, and Twitch livestreams. He is an Analyst for CBS Sports and Head Coach of USL League Two side San Francisco Glens.  

Jon Conway

Jon Conway was the team’s backup goalkeeper in 2001, making one start during the season. Conway remained with the Quakes until 2005, later competing for the New York Red Bulls (2006-09), Chivas USA (2009), Toronto FC (2010) and Chicago Fire (2011).

Conway was hired as the goalkeeper coach for the Toronto FC Academy in 2012 and was later elevated to the same position with the first team in 2014, where he remains today.

Troy Dayak

Troy “The Cowboy” Dayak cemented himself as one of the best defenders in Quakes history during his eight years with the club. Prior to the Quakes’ 2001 championship season, Dayak suffered injuries that nearly ended his playing career. Despite the injuries, Dayak was able to lead the Quakes to their first-ever MLS Cup Championship while simultaneously winning the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award. 

Following the end of his playing career in 2005, Dayak went on become the founder of West Coast Soccer Club and would be inducted into the Quakes Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario recorded five goals and four assists in 21 regular season appearances in 2001. He would go on to score two goals in four appearances during the MLS Cup Playoffs, including one goal during MLS Cup. The Scarborough, Ontario, Canada native would play for the Earthquakes until 2005, later joining the Houston Dynamo (2006-2008), Toronto FC (2009-2011; 2014), the New York Red Bulls (2011), and D.C. United (2011-2013).

De Rosario now lives in Scarborough with his family and recently launched his autobiography titled “DeRo: My Life”. De Rosario also helped establish DeRo United Futbol Academy, a local youth academy in Ontario.

Landon Donovan 

Landon Donovan, midfielder for San Jose, competed for the Quakes from 2001 to 2004, scoring 42 goals and tallying 35 assists, earning the Best Male Soccer Player ESPY Award in 2002. Donavan helped the Quakes win MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. After his final season with the Quakes, Donovan played 11 more seasons in MLS with the LA Galaxy. 

Today, he lives with his wife and three kids in San Diego, California. He is currently Executive Vice President and head coach for the San Diego Loyal Soccer Club of the USL Championship.

Ronnie Ekelund

Ronnie Ekelund made 16 starts for San Jose during the 2001 season, his first year with the club after joining late in the season, tallying two assists and the game-winning assist at MLS Cup 2001. He remained with the Quakes through 2004, earning MLS Best XI honors in 2002 and helping San Jose to a second MLS Cup in 2003. After being a key contributor for four seasons with the Quakes, he moved to indoor soccer for the 2005/2006 season before retiring. He later returned to the Earthquakes in 2008 as a technical advisor with a key role in the team’s daily training sessions.

In 2004, Ekelund and his wife, Claire, founded Bebe au Lait, a thriving small business in the baby industry. Bebe au Lait designs, manufactures and distributes baby products globally. Ronnie continues to play midfield as the company’s CEO and they have gone on to acquire www.puj.com and www.bebegiftbox.com.

Zak Ibsen

Zak Ibsen was a key member of the 2001 MLS Cup Championship winning team in San Jose. The defender capped off the impressive season with an assist in the 2001 championship match in Columbus. 

Ibsen currently resides in Redwood City where he serves as the Director of Coaching for Woodside Soccer Club.

Wojtek Krakowiak

Wojtek Krakowiak was a midfielder for San Jose from 2000-2001, scoring five goals. He later competed for the Tampa Bay Mutiny and New Jersey Stallions before switching to coaching. He coached Rutgers-Newark’s men’s team and later the women’s team. He then moved to Montana State University, Billings. 

Krakowiak currently coaches with North Carolina FC Youth.

Manny Lagos

Manny Lagos was a key player for the 2001 championship side, starting all 26 matches of the regular season. Lagos had one of his best postseason performances of his career when he tallied three goals and two assists in the Quakes’ MLS Cup Playoff run.

After retiring from the league at the end of the 2005 MLS season, Lagos went back to his home state of Minnesota and found success in several soccer-management roles. In 2010, Lagos was appointed head coach of the NASL expansion team NSC Minnesota Stars and would lead the team to a championship the following year. The former Quake now holds the Sporting Director position at Minnesota United.

Richard Mulrooney

Richard Mulrooney tallied nine assists and one goal in 21 appearances during the 2001 MLS regular season. He also started in all six matches during the MLS Cup Playoffs that year, tallying three assists, including one assist during MLS Cup. The 1999 MLS SuperDraft product played in San Jose for three more seasons before playing for Dallas (2005-2006), Toronto (2007), and Houston (2007-2010). The Memphis, Tennessee native also managed to compete at the international stage, making 14 appearances for the United States Men’s National Team.

Mulrooney is now the head coach of the University of Memphis men’s soccer team.

Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson was selected 20th overall in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Earthquakes. The North Carolina Tar Heel alum was a member of both the 2001 and 2003 MLS Cup championship teams, playing as a defender. He would continue his career with the Houston Dynamo from 2006 & 2011, winning two MLS Cups. 

Robinson currently serves as a guest analyst on the Houston Dynamo FC television broadcast with Glenn Davis. 

Ian Russell

Ian Russell was an influential member of the 2001 championship team. He started all 26 matches of the regular season, tallying three goals and nine assists, as well as starting each of the six playoff games, recording one goal and one assist. Russell remained with the Quakes until 2005, and later made three appearances for the LA Galaxy in 2007.

After retiring as a player, Russell moved to the coaching ranks. He was an assistant coach with the Quakes from 2008-16, briefly serving as interim head coach in 2014. He was then hired as head coach of the Earthquakes’ USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC, where he led Reno to the playoffs in each of his four seasons, won the Supporters’ Shield in 2020 and was subsequently named the USL Championship Co-Coach of the Year that season. After the team was dissolved at the end of the 2020 season, Russell was hired as an assistant coach by Toronto FC.