Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the hiring of Frank Yallop as head coach and the beginning of one of the most historic seasons in Earthquakes history. 2001 saw the Quakes erase the memory of a last-place finish the year prior and hoist their first league championship, the first team in American professional sports history to accomplish the feat. Throughout 2021, we will look back at the historic moments from that legendary season, hear from those involved, and celebrate San Jose’s first major sports championship.
Relive some of the biggest games of 2001. From Landon Donovan’s first Earthquakes’ goal to Dwayne De Rosario’s overtime stunner in MLS Cup, relive all of your favorite moments from the 2001 season.
Jeff Agoos raising the club's first MLS Cup trophy, Joe Cannon’s victorious run in Goalie Wars at Spartan Stadium, and Troy Dayak powering the ball past Miami goalkeeper Nick Rimando to clinch the club's first-ever trip to MLS Cup are just a few of the historic moment we will relive from the 2001 season.
From the Mouth of the Players
20 years later, we sit down the players and coaches who helped to shaped the league we know today.
What do they really think about the Galaxy? How heavy is the MLS Cup trophy? We re-watch moments form the 2001 season and hear first-hand accounts of what went down on and off the field.
This Day in 2001
Does the day Troy Dayak returned to the Earthquakes stick in your brain? How about Landon Donovan’s first goal as an Earthquakes player? 2001 was full of memorable moments. Follow along as we celebrate the days that shaped that historic season.
Getting the team back together again
Our celebration of the 2001 MLS Cup champs wouldn’t be complete without a team reunion. This season, players and coaches from the star-studded championship team will hop on video conferencing calls throughout the year to catch up and tell stories about their magical run. The calls will be recorded and shared on the club’s YouTube channel. Stay tuned for the date of the premiere.
San Jose Earthquakes Community Race
Beginning March 1st, you have 20 days to hit 7.4 miles to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of our first MLS Cup title in 2001.
You can run, walk, or roll (scooter, skate, skateboard, cycle, wheel) the 7.4 miles over the course of the 20 days or you can knock them all out in one day. You can run part of it and walk the other part and maybe even cycle another. It's up to you. Have fun with it!
What's different about this race? You'll be separated into teams with each team having two team captains - one current player and one alumni player from our legendary 2001 team. Register Here