40 years of Heritage, 40 years of Pride


Year Milestone  


Birth of San Jose in the North American Soccer League

Owner Milan Mandaric (pictured) and club's first GM Dick Berg fight hard for the Earthquakes to be in San Jose, not San Francisco. 




San Jose becomes a part of the Western Alliance Challenge Series

Because of the strong soccer culture in San Jose, the Earthquakes are a founding member of the Western Alliance Challenge Series. Former Earthquakes NASL President Peter Bridgwater continues on as President of the team.


San Jose hosts MLS' Inaugural Game

San Jose hosts the inaugural match of Major League Soccer on April 6, 1996. The Clash defeats D.C. United 1-0. Eric Wynalda scores the first MLS goal. 



Championship Season 

October 21, 2001: San Jose lift their first MLS Cup, defeating the LA Galaxy in the final 2-1.




The Greatest Comeback Ever 

On the road to claiming their second MLS Cup, the Earthquakes complete considerably the greatest comeback to date in MLS. Down 4-0 on aggregate to LA, the Quakes comeback to win 5-4 and move on the the Western Conference final. The Quakes eventually go on to claim their second MLS Cup title on November 23, 2003 (pictured). 



First Supporters' Shield

Team sets MLS record for fewest losses in league history with four and becomes second team in MLS history to surpass 60 points in a season. With a regular season record of 18-4-10 and 64 points, the Earthquakes clinch club's first Supporters' Shield. 





Another Record-Breaking Season

        Quakes finish regular season with the league-best 19-6-9 record and 66 points, third most in MLS history. The total earns San Jose its second Supporters' Shield. Chris Wondolowski matches the longtime record of Roy Lassiter for most goals in a season (27), earning him his second MLS Golden Boot award. Wondo also becomes the first Earthquake player to be named the league MVP. 





History Continues: Unity, Devotion, Heritage

        Join us at San Pedro Square Market on Jan. 30 as we celebrate our 40th anniversary and unveil our new logo. A new chapter of Earthquakes soccer will begin and you won't want to miss it. 

RSVP today: sjearthquakes.com/since1974


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