Wait for it.
Wait for it.
The San Jose Earthquakes of the Major League Soccer, um, league will return to the Bay Area in 2008!
Unfortunately for you six Earthquakes fans (we kid, we kid), the reincarnation of the team will be an expansion team, not a return of the previous version, which is currently winning championships in Houston under the alias “Dynamo.”
As we are wont to do with most soccer issues, we consulted our resident soccer gazeteer/avid goal scorer Brendan McCarthy on the matter. Here’s what he had to say:
It will be difficult, as we don’t get back our championship team (see: Houston Dynamo), we have no stadium built yet, and the league has improved since our last go-around. But the Oakland A’s owner is driving it (good or bad?), and there is an interesting idea around that the team could “float” around the area playing in different venues for different type games, including Kezar for a small game, etc. I personally think it’s rad (yes i did) that an MLS team could play at Kezar one game and the Coliseum the next. Should build a bigger base for the franchise. Go Quakes!
There you have it. We must admit that there is no venue in the city that gives you that “old school San Francisco” feeling like Kezar. If only the Niners would play one game a season there. That would be fun.
Anyway, now that David Beckham is playing in LA, soccer will totally be popular by 2008.