Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes have been around for 40 years – reminding us once again that soccer really isn’t the new kind on the block anymore. There is genuine domestic history in the game now. Just ask anyone who might remember seeing the one and only George Best at the old, old Spartan Stadium back in the 70s.
So the MLS club used the occasion of the club’s 40th anniversary to unveil a new logo.
Earthquakes president Dave Kaval wrote a letter to supporters explaining what went behind the conceptual development of the new logo. He explained that it wasn’t just a logo redesign, but a more thorough re-think of what the club wanted to stand for.
As for us? We just get excited about logos. And this one is sharp and classy. (And we’ll get a bigger, higher resolution look at it on the blog when one is available. The club unveiled the new logo only about an hour ago at this writing.)
The club also has new-look jerseys, also unveiled Thursday evening.
San Jose has decided to mutually part ways with last season’s Coach of the Year Frank Yallop, ending his second stint with the club. The Quakes inserted assistant coach Mark Watson as interim head coach for the remainder of the year.
The Earthquakes are 5 points back of a playoff spot in the West with a 3-6-6 record.
President Dave Kaval said, “After [general manager] John [Doyle] and I met this week with Frank, we all decided that it was in all of our best interests for us to part ways.”
Yallop was thankful for his time with the Earthquakes, saying in a statement, “I want to thank the entire Earthquakes organization for my time here. I want to thank the players and coaching staff that have been here over the past five and a half years. They made my job really enjoyable with their professionalism and hard work, especially last year, which was a magical season, and one I will never forget.”
Yallop also believes the team is in good hands for the rest of the season. “Mark Watson is an excellent coach and the team is in very good hands.”
The 49-year-old won two MLS cups in his first stint with the Quakes in 2001-2003. He was rehired by the club in 2007 when they rejoined MLS.