San Jose Earthquakes (1974–88)

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San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Earthquakes logo 1976 1979.png
Full name San Jose Earthquakes
Founded 1974
Dissolved 1988; 26 years ago (1988)
Stadium Outdoor:
Spartan Stadium (18,155)
Indoor:
Cow Palace (11,089)
Oakland Coliseum Arena (13,601)
League NASL (1974–1984)
MISL (1982–1983)
WSA (1985–1988)

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. From 1983 to 1984, the team was known as the Golden Bay Earthquakes. They played their home games at Spartan Stadium. During this time, it also played in the original Major Indoor Soccer League and in the NASL's indoor circuit. Their indoor games were first played at the Cow Palace and later at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

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.

The name Earthquakes was created by general manager Dick Berg, but was criticized due to San Jose's proximity to the San Andreas Fault.[1]

Year-by-year[edit]

Outdoor:

Season League W L T GF GA Finish Playoffs Avg. Attend.
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
1985 WACS 4 2 1 10 9 1st N/A
1986 WSA 3 4 7 13 23 6th N/A
1987 WSA 6 7 21 13 3rd Runners-up
1988 WSA 7 5 20 19 3rd Runners-up

Note: The team played as the Golden Bay Earthquakes in the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

NASL and MISL Indoor Soccer[edit]

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 fair nearly as well in that format.[2] 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.[3]

Season League W L GF GA Place Playoffs
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
1983–84 NASL 19 13 206 190 4th Lost Semifinal

Note: The team played the 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons as the Golden Bay Earthquakes.

Head coaches[edit]

Honors[edit]

Championships[4]

NASL Division Titles[5]

  • 1974 Southern Division, Pacific Conference
  • 1975 Region 4 (indoor)
  • 1976 West Regional (indoor)

NASL Most Valuable Player[6]

North American Player of the Year[7]

Coach of the Year[8]

Leading Scorer[9]

Leading Goal Scorer[11]

Assists Leader[13]

All-Star First Team selections[14]

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[16]

Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame[17]

Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame[18]

References[edit]

External links[edit]