The Earthquakes are coming home.
After two years of non-existence, the San Jose Earthquakes are ready to take the field for a home match for the first time since the 2005 season. Fans will converge at MaCafee Coliseum in Oakland to watch the reborn Earthquakes take on Cuauhtemoc Blanco and the Chicago Fire.
San Jose didn’t look that great in its debut against Los Angeles last week but the emotions of today’s home opener should provide a boost against a Fire team that struggled to tie Real Salt Lake in its last foray on the road.
Blanco will draw his share of fans to MaCafee but the Earthquakes will need to make sure he has a rude welcome because he will be the key to breaking down a ‘Quakes defense that looked vulnerable against the Galaxy.
For some insight into today’s match, check out Luis Arroyave’s story on former Fire midfielder and Earthquake Ivan Guerrero. Also, check out Centerline Soccer for a feature from Jeff Carlisle on Joe Cannon, as well as some great overall coverage of the Earthquakes.
The match is set for 4:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel. If you will be watching the match and following online then please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and play by play in the comments section below.
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