San Jose Earthquakes (1974–88)
San Jose Earthquakes was a professional soccer club that played from 1974 to 1988. The team began as an expansion franchise in the North American Soccer League, and was originally set to play in San Francisco; but slow season ticket sales led to a late switch to San Jose's Spartan Stadium. The switch to sports-starved San Jose was an immediate hit, and the Earthquakes led the league with attendance over 15,000 per game in 1974, double the league average. The team's success led Spartan Stadium to be chosen as site of the first NASL Soccer Bowl in 1975. From 1983 to 1984, the team was known as the Golden Bay Earthquakes. During this time, it also played in the original Major Indoor Soccer League and in the NASL's indoor circuit, winning the first ever NASL indoor tournament in 1975. Their indoor games were first played at the Cow Palace and later at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.
|Full name||San Jose Earthquakes|
|Founded||December 11, 1973|
Spartan Stadium (18,155)
Cow Palace (11,089)
Oakland Coliseum Arena (13,601)
Following the collapse of the NASL in 1984, the team's name reverted to San Jose Earthquakes prior to joining the Western Soccer Alliance in 1985, where it played until the league's folding after the 1988 season.
|1974||NASL||9||8||3||43||38||2nd West||Lost Quarterfinal||16,584|
|1975||NASL||8||14||37||48||5th West||did not qualify||17,927|
|1976||NASL||14||10||47||30||1st South||Lost Conference Finals||19,826|
|1977||NASL||14||12||37||44||2nd South||Lost in 1st round||17,739|
|1978||NASL||8||22||36||81||4th American West||did not qualify||14,281|
|1979||NASL||8||22||41||74||4th American West||did not qualify||15,092|
|1980||NASL||9||23||45||68||4th American West||did not qualify||13,169|
|1981||NASL||11||21||44||78||4th West||did not qualify||12,400|
|1982||NASL||13||19||47||62||5th West||did not qualify||11,012|
|1983||NASL||20||10||71||54||2nd West||Lost Semifinal||11,933|
|1984||NASL||8||16||61||62||5th West||did not qualify||10,676|
Note: The team played as the Golden Bay Earthquakes in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.
NASL and MISL Indoor SoccerEdit
In the winter of 1975, the NASL ran a two-tiered, 16 team indoor tournament with four regional winners meeting in a "final-four" style championship. Not only did San Jose host their region at the Cow Palace, but the final four as well. The Quakes swept through the tournament unscathed, defeating the Tampa Bay Rowdies 8–5 in the final to the delight of their fans. San Jose teammates Paul Child and Gabbo Garvic were named co-MVPs. In 1976 the Earthquakes again advanced to the final four before losing to the Rochester Lancers at the Bayfront Center in Florida. They would rebound the following day to win the 3rd Place match 5–2 over Dallas. The NASL would not begin playing full indoor seasons until 1979–80, but San Jose did not fare nearly as well in that format. The NASL canceled their 1982–83 indoor season. As a result, the Earthquakes along with Chicago and San Diego played in the MISL that winter.
|1975||NASL||4||0||37||17||1st West||NASL Champions|
|1976||NASL||3||1||35||18||1st West||3rd place|
|1980–81||NASL||10||18||118||115||3rd West||did not qualify|
|1981–82||NASL||5||12||83||141||3rd National West||did not qualify|
|1982–83||MISL||17||31||240||290||5th West||did not qualify|
Note: The team played the 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons as the Golden Bay Earthquakes.
NASL Division Titles
NASL Most Valuable Player
North American Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Leading Goal Scorer
All-Star First Team selections
All-Star Second Team selections
All-Star Honorable Mentions
Indoor All-Star/All-Tournament selections
Indoor All-Star Game selections
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame
Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
- Maule, Tex (5 August 1974). "They Knew A Way To San Jose". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 12 October 2012.