2015 MLS season preview: San Jose Earthquakes

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  • Finished last in the Western Conference last season (W6, L16, D12, 30 pts)
  • Will play in the brand new Avaya Stadium this year
  • Biggest rival: Los Angeles Galaxy

Key Player: Chris Wondolowski

After winning the Golden Boot in 2012 with 27 goals, Wondolowski has failed to keep up such a rate, scoring 25 times over the next two seasons. Despite the drop-off, Wondo is still the club’s all-time leading goal scorer and go-to guy when push comes to shove. After finishing last in the West in 2014, the striker will have to get back to his scoring ways to help get San Jose off the bottom of the table.

Other names to watch: Innocent Emeghara, Matias Perez Garcia, Clarence Goodson

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San Jose is now the 14th MLS franchise with a soccer-specific stadium.

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source: AP
Chris Wondolowski must regain the form that won him the Golden Boot as Major League Soccer’s top scorer in 2012.

Manager: Dominic Kinnear

After eight seasons as manager for the Houston Dynamo, Kinnear returns to San Jose where he helped the club to two MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003 as an assistant before serving as head coach from 2004-05. When the franchise moved to Houston, Kinnear went with and led the Dynamo to back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007. One of the most well respected managers in the league, it’s Kinnear’s task to get the Earthquakes relevant again in California.

Outlook for 2015

2014 was a bitter disappointment as the Earthquakes lost the most matches in club history. The hiring of Dominic Kinnear as manager in a big upgrade, but with the strength of the other teams in the West, it’s going to be an uphill battle for San Jose. California remains Galaxy country as the Earthquakes finish towards the bottom of the pack.