The San Jose Earthquakes are one of the oldest teams in Major League Soccer and two-time winners of the MLS Cup. Having joined MLS as the one of the 10 charter members of the league, San Jose were originally known as the San Jose Clash but now produce some earth-shattering displays at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. Having been part of the North American Soccer League for 20 years before the MLS came along, San Jose might have been expected to hit the ground running in their new surroundings.
After all, they had one of the best players of all time, former Manchester United legend George Best in their ranks in the 70’s, but despite winning their first ever MLS game in front of a healthy crowd of over 31,000 spectators, thanks to a single Eric Wynalda strike in defeating D.C. United, San Jose did not win big in 1996. A major ‘clash’ between Wynalda and the team’s manager, Calloway, built to such a climax that Wynalda hired a plane across the sky to trail a banner demanding Calloway be sacked!
Re-emerging as The Earthquakes in 1999, San Jose did not immediately improve, as a run of four seasons missing the playoffs seemed destined to consign The Earthquakes to the crap heap of MLS history. Their hopes improved, however, when Frank Yallop joined as head coach just days before the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, and as he brought in strong coaches and added players such as Landon Donovan to the team roster, so did the Earthquakes start to grow in stature and confidence. 2001 was a landmark year as San Jose turned their fortunes around, finishing the regular season with 45 points compared to 29 the previous season. They marched into the playoffs in fine form, and won the MLS Cup final against favorites L.A. Galaxy 2-1 in overtime.
Now champions and finally an established side in MLS, The Earthquakes followed their MLS Cup success with two consecutive runners-up finishes in the Supporters’ Shield. Having been 4 goals down against L.A. Galaxy in the first round, no-one gave The Earthquakes a chance, but a stunning comeback saw them progress 5-4 on aggregate. The Earthquakes won their second MLS Cup just two season after their first, this time triumphing 4-2 against Chicago Fire in a memorable final.
Yallop left and The Earthquakes’ success went with him, as they endured a frustrating few years of being moved to new stadiums. Yallop returned in 2007 (from L.A. Galaxy!) and stars such as Darren Huckerby signed in 2008.
Since then, The Earthquakes have been one of the Western Conference’s most exciting teams to watch, and in 2012, after scoring in stoppage time time and time again, they were nicknamed ‘The Goonies’ after the famous film thanks to striker Steven Lenhart’s exclamation that ‘Goonies never die!’ after San Jose scored three goals in 18 minutes to beat their old rivals, L.A. Galaxy 3-2. Despite this new cult club status, San Jose ended 2014 with the worst record they’ve ever posted. 2015 may not have been as bad, but serious improvement is in order to make them true competition for rivals L.A. Galaxy in the future!
San Jose Earthquakes Betting Lines Today
Despite not being one of the fancied teams for Western Conference or MLS Cup glory, San Jose still represent great value when it comes to the sportsbook this year.
San Jose Earthquakes Scores & Schedule
San Jose are desperate to make this season’s playoffs, and their upcoming schedule will shed light on whether they can do so. Check back here for all the latest results.
San Jose Earthqukes Standings Right Now
Want to know where San Jose is right now in the standings? Check out the latest up-to-date standings to see if The Earthquakes are capable of making a push for the postseason playoffs.
How To Win At San Jose Earthquakes Betting
San Jose Earthquakes are, on the face of it, unlikely to make a massive push for MLS Cup glory 13 years on from their last victory in the postseason showpiece.
They were rated as one of the worst teams (at +3300 on the moneyline) at the beginning of the 2016 season. However, their home form is one of the best across both the Western Conference (where they take part) and Eastern Conference, with their first five games at the Avaya Stadium ending in four wins and one tie.
Despite their home form, The Earthquakes timidity and lack of free-scoring nature away from home holds them back.
They were winless in their first four away games in MLS 2016, and we expect the regular season to be a struggle on the road. Back teams to beat San Jose when they host them, and San Jose to outperform teams below them at Avaya Stadium, and against free-scoring teams consider a handicap bet, as at -1, San Jose are often great value.
Should they make postseason, we don’t think The Earthquakes will be going all the way this season, unfortunately, unless they trade extremely well and bring in some solid defensive stalwarts.
Check out the action below when San Jose took on world-famous Manchester United during the English club’s preseason friendly: