San Jose Earthquakes 2008 Season Preview

San Jose Earthquakes 2008 Season Preview


2007 review

Well, there isn’t much to say about the Earthquakes. There used to be a San Jose Earthquakes club, but they moved to Houston in 2005. All the players and most of the coaching staff went to the Houston Dynamo, and the community of San Jose mourned the loss of their club. The Bay Area will have their team back beginning this season, but with all new players and an all-new hope for the future.


The entire squad is new.

Key players

Again, nothing against field players, but keeper Joe Cannon is the most experienced player on this new San Jose squad with nine seasons in the MLS. He was on the last Earthquakes team to win the MLS Cup, in 2005 before disbanding.

Defender Ramiro Corrales also won the MLS Cup with San Jose, in 2001 and 2003. He also has a lot of experience (including a stint at SK Brann in Norway). If he and Cannon can stay healthy, they should be the team leaders.

Keys to success

san-jose-frank-yallop.jpgThe biggest factor for San Jose will be cohesion. It will not be an easy season, being their first back in the league. Head coach Frank Yallop is back with the franchise he made successful, bringing their first Cup win in his first season with them (2001). He did not move with the team to Houston. If he can bring the team together like he did the first time, in as short of a time period, the team will do at least better than some expansion teams have.

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Liviu Bird is a journalism student and goalkeeper at Seattle Pacific University. He grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He currently writes for The Falcon ( and plans on giving the professional soccer scene a shot before settling into a full-time writing gig somewhere. Follow him on Twitter @lbird90.


  1. Joe Cannon was on the Earthquakes team that won the MLS Cup in 2001. He is very much loved and was cheered even when he was with the Colorado Rapids after trying out Europe. Pat Onstadt was the Goalkeep for the Quakes in 2003 and in their Supporter’s Shield winning side that went undefeated at home in 2005. That team was very good but was knocked out in the playoffs by the LA Galaxy.

    The player on the side who played most recently on San Jose’s MLS Cup winning sides was Ramiro Corrales in 2003 (yes as pointed out he also was on the 2001 side). Although he was tried at central midfield in 2004 the majority of his past San Jose career was spent on the wing or outside midfield position so he is in a new spot as the holding or defensive center-mid having focused on defense in Norway. Ryan Cochrane played for two MLS Cup winning sides in Houston, but he did not come to the team until 2004; he played at Santa Clara, so he is on his home field at Buck Shaw. The triumvirat of Cannon, Nick Garcia, and Cochrane has great potential for providing solid defense as San Jose gets back into the MLS for good.
    Frank Yallop is without question an essential and important part of what Lew Wolfe and Billy Beane visualize as a great start for this YOUNG franchise. Yallop left for the Canadian National Team job before the 2004 season and gave it a go before running headlong into the disarray that is the powers that be in Canadian “Football”. The support was in a word, horrible, and so he took the headcoaching job at Los Angeles…a hire the LA Riot Squad were rightfully proud of. BUT, that was before the circus came to town, and now that Frank Yallop is BACK IN SAN JOSE and can focus JUST on footie and not marketing the GALAXY to the world, good things are bound to happen! So come out to Buck Shaw and see what good FOOTIE is all about- it may take a few matches, some time and patience, but when the hard work and belief is there it will all eventually fall together beautifully! Why not get in when it all started again? I’m in Arlington, Virginia and I have a season ticket! Whats holding you back!?????!!!

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