San Jose Clash 1997
1997 Club by Club
San Jose finished the 1997 season with a 12-20 record and failed to make the playoffs. The Clash played through a mid-season coaching change that occurred when Brian Quinn replaced Laurie Calloway on June 25, 1997. At the time, the 37-year-old Quinn became the youngest coach in MLS history and he finished the '97 campaign with a 7-10 record.
The 1997 team was led by first-year MLS player Ronald Cerritos. Cerritos would go on to become a fan favorite in San Jose, playing with the team for six seasons and becoming the club's all-time leading goal scorer. The Salvadoran set both an MLS and San Jose record with his 11-game point streak during the season, which helped him to be named to the MLS Best XI. Notable members of the '97 club were future head coach Dominic Kinnear and U.S. National Team star Eddie Lewis, then a second-year MLS midfielder. San Jose also made its first appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 1997, defeating the Central Coast Roadrunners in their first match, before bowing out in the next round of the historic competition.