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Was this San Jose Earthquakes win the best playoff game in MLS history?

Plus, more news for Tuesday.

Carlos Ruiz battles with Craig Waibel

On Monday, the San Jose Earthquakes released one of their great games from the vault, the 2nd leg playoff win in 2003 over the LA Galaxy, an epic 5-2 win featuring a Golden Goal that led to a 5-4 aggregate win.

You can rewatch that on demand, but around the re-release is some good content to bolster the narrative around the epic California Clasico.

Quakes coach Frank Yallop called it the greatest playoff game in MLS history in looking back on the game, and MLS even produced a whole video feature around it.

Landon Donovan said it was the greatest game he played in in his entire career!

Richard Mulrooney and Yallop each had long Q&As on the Earthquakes website about this game. You can metaphorically bathe in the looks back at this epic match.

MLS plans to show the 2003 MLS Cup final on Wednesday at 5 pm PT. Be on the lookout for that game.

More news for Tuesday:

  • Message from Matias: San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda has been very active on social media during the coronavirus shutdown, doing everything from showing off his tiny dog to trying to play indoor basketball to offering messages of support. Monday night, he did the latter, telling followers in Spanish to stay strong and stay united while we all do our best to battle coronavirus.
  • Alanis happy to get playing time: Oswaldo Alanis may be on loan, but the San Jose defender discussed his move from Chivas and was happy to go to a spot where he could get playing time. AS has more on the Mexican’s words.
  • Lenhart and Gordon on MLS cult XI: The Athletic had a great roundtable going over the all-time MLS cult XI (and then some) and former Quakes Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon were inducted in, together. Can’t really argue with that.
  • Reno assistant hired by OIT: Oregon Tech announced they’ve hired Casey Tate as their new head coach of the women’s team. Tate previously was an assistant at San Jose’s USL affiliate Reno 1868 FC, and he thanked the Quakes in his hiring release. Trivia: Oregon Tech’s nickname? The Hustlin’ Owls!

Today’s question: Was that 2003 playoff win over the Galaxy your best Quakes game of all time? What competes with it? Let’s chat in the comments below.