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The Pacific Clash

The Pacific Clash

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Published by Ryan Sales
From Sales on Sounders. I published this piece covering the San Jose Earthquakes match with Sounders FC on 5/20/2010. Met 4 Sounders after the match including Jeff Parke, Miguel Montano, and Tyson Wahl.
From Sales on Sounders. I published this piece covering the San Jose Earthquakes match with Sounders FC on 5/20/2010. Met 4 Sounders after the match including Jeff Parke, Miguel Montano, and Tyson Wahl.

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Published by: Ryan Sales on Jun 03, 2010
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Who are the San Jose Earthquakes? Along with the Sounders, they are currently the only other former North American Soccer League (NASL) team. The NASL bowed out of American sports in 1984. After the US World Cup in 1994, soccer momentumcooked up enough steam to launch Major League Soccer in 1996 with 10 teams. With Nike swooshing everything in the fledgling league, they pushed the name “Clash” onto San Jose. Here is the logo that resulted from that hands-on boardroom meeting that clearly did not include Pele.I have no idea what team or what sport would benefit from this. I mean the claws are upside down. The luck of the team slipped out of its grasp before the team ever took the pitch (soccer field). An artistic, fun example of a successfulcoastal soccer (football) logo is FC Lorient. FC Lorient plays in Ligue 1, theFrench top flight football league. The sly but slick fish hugs the ball tight,like a right footed strike curling into the waiting yawn of an onion bag (goal).This plate of delicious goal for a team badge goes back to 1926. It’s weird but works. Nike doesn’t make everything better.What San Jose has going for them, like Sounders FC is they got heritage. Last year was the inaugural Heritage Cup between Seattle and San Jose. As original NASL teams they square off for this regular season bragging right each year. It is decided by aggregate goals of the teams regular season matches. Portland andVancouver will join the Heritage Cup next season. Seattle held the edge over San Jose, until getting clawed 4-nil on the road. San Jose, to no fault of theirown, is a little slice of the best and worst you find in sports. A flunked teamname/logo from 1995-1999. In October 1999 they reclaimed their NASL heritage,and were renamed Earthquakes. The fortune in name change coincided with the arrival of coach Frank Yallop (current), and a young American star named Landon Donovan. They won MLS Cups in 2001 and 2003. In 2005 they won the Supporters Shield for best overall league record. The reward, they were moved to Houston. Like the Cleveland Browns, Houston could not keep any of the team history. This allowed for the re-expansion of the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008. Unfortunately,all their talent went on to win back-to-back MLS cups in Houston. That left them 7th place in the West for 2 consecutive years. They are determined to rise once again from their strange history of success and misfortune.“The Boys in Blue” reassembly process is currently in session. Round 10 vs SanJose EarthQ uakes, keeps the Sounders hands full. Currently sitting in 4th place in the West at 13 points, 1 more than Seattle, they sport an improved 4W-2L-1Trecord after 7 games. San Jose has 2 games in hand on the Sounders, a possible6 season points, so Seattle can ill afford to lose. A draw could be survivable, but a win is needed to keep playoff pace.Bobby Convey was knocking on the door of the US National team. Many felt afterthe US failure to get out of the ’06 World Cup Group Stages that Convey would bea starter for the 2010 US World Cup Team. He fell out of form after 5 years with Reading in the English Premier League. Reading were relegated for the 2008 season to the lower English Championship League. At 26 the Quakes make a good home for his revival. I still say, he is a player to watch for the 2014 World Cup.The Sounders should have speed and possession going for them, but San Jose is tough and will hit. So, the boys in rave green will have to keep their heads on.San Jose would love to make the Sounders see red and play a man down. On offense, San Jose are something the Sounders want to be, a good finishing team. Chris Wondolowski, as you would expect with a name like that, is well known for hiseye pleasing wonder strikes.If the Sounders grab some Red Bull inspiration and keep the momentum going, an early goal is likely. San Jose lost both games here last year and were the leastprepared for the Rave Green storm. I am expecting an inspired 2-1, 3-1 victory

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