San Jose Earthquakes Facts

MLS fans are full of knowledge about their favorite teams. Let's learn some facts about the San Jose Earthquakes so that you can share your knowledge about this team!


History Facts

  • The club was founded in 1994, with the Quakes being a charter member in Major League Soccer.
  • The team was originally named the San Jose Clash when they were founded, but were renamed the Earthquakes before the 2000 season.
  • The first coach of the team was Laurie Calloway, and the first two players to join the team were John Doyle and Michael Emenalo.
  • The Quakes have had several coaches during their time in the MLS. These coaches include: Laurie Calloway, Brian Quinn, Lothar Osiander, Frank Yallop, Dominic Kinnear, Mark Watson, Chris Leitch, Mikael Stahre, and Matias Almeyda.
  • The Quakes have won the MLS Cup twice, first in 2001 and then in 2003.
  • In 2005, the San Jose Quakes moved to Houston, Texas and became the Houston Dynamo. The Quakes were recreated in San Jose in 2007.
  • The Quakes were the first MLS team to go on a postseason international tour.

Player Facts

  • Two players on the Quakes have held the all time goalscorer record for the MLS. The first was Landon Donovan with 145 goals, and the second was Chris Wondolowski, who broke Donovan's record in the 2019 season and who had 165 as of November 2020.
  • In recent years, the Quakes have been known for their young players, brought on board by new coach Matias Almeyda. As of the 2020 season, they have 13 players under the age of 25.
  • Many of the Quakes players also play for their international teams. The roster as of 2020 represents several different nations, such as the USA, Peru, and Georgia.

Facts for Fans

  • The San Jose Earthquakes started playing at Avaya Stadium in 2015, and recently renamed the stadium to be Earthquakes Stadium in 2020.
  • Earthquakes stadium has a seismograph built into their stadium to track "seismic moments" when the cheering in the stadium reads as small earthquakes.
  • There are two supporters clubs for the San Jose Earthquakes. They are the Ultras and the Faultline. Both clubs throw events and lead cheers during games.
  • The Earthquakes Stadium has the largest outdoor bar in North America, spanning 310 feet with a 360 degree bar surface all around.
  • The Quakes biggest rivalry is with the LA Galaxy; games played against one another are called California Clasicos. Since 2012, the two teams have had a tradition of playing a Fourth of July game at Stanford with a fireworks display after.

Statistical Facts

  • Chris Wondolowski leads the Quakes in record abouts of goals with 165 goals scored for the team since he joined the club.
  • The player who has the record for most assists for the club is Ronald Cerritos with 47. However, as of November 2020, active player Shea Salinas has reached 41 assists and is looking to break Cerritos' record.
  • The goalkeeper with the record for most shutouts for the Quakes is Joe Cannon with 44 shut outs.
  • The player with the most games played with the Quakes is Chris Wondolowski with a running total of 254 games as of November 2020.