Day 12 of our advent calendar brings us to a familiar piece of equipment to anyone living on the West Coast, a seismograph.
The seismograph is significant to the San Jose Earthquakes obviously because of their name. The Earthquakes are part of a select group of teams named after natural disasters, teams like the Colorado Avalanche, Miami Hurricanes, and New York Mets. Even in MLS itself, you have the Chicago Fire, but none of those teams can claim to have a working instrument that detects the event in their home stadium. The Earthquakes keep a list of some of the most ground-shaking moments in stadium history. Not surprisingly, Marco Ureñas’ last-second miracle goal at the end of 2017 to send the Earthquakes to the playoffs for the first time since 2012 ranks as the top moment.
Unfortunately, last season gave Earthquakes fans little excitement to get the ground shaking with the team playing its worst season ever in MLS. With the signing of Argentinian manager Matias Almeyda, the Earthquakes front office hopes the supporters have more to jump and shout about next season. Check back tomorrow to see what is hiding behind door number 13.