San Jose Earthquakes 2000
2000 Club by Club
The 2000 season marked the return of a soccer club with the Earthquakes nickname to the Bay Area. San Jose played its first season under the Earthquakes moniker, revamping the organization under the name of the NASL soccer team that had been so popular in the area in the 1970's and early 1980's.
The 2000 edition of the Quakes was not immediately able to rekindle the glory days of the club, missing out on the playoffs for a fourth straight year and finishing the season with a 7-17-8 record in the first season that MLS games finished as ties. The season began with much promise after the allocation of Khodadad Azizi, a forward who played in the German Bundesliga and was the 1996 Asian Player of the Year. Azizi was selected to the All-Star team along with midfielder Dario Brose, but he managed to score just three goals in 20 games.
While Azizi and several new Quakes, including 2001 MLS Cup Champions Ian Russell and Jon Conway, were getting adjusted to the style of play under Osiander, San Jose was forced to part ways with one of its past stars. Eddie Lewis, the teams midfield star, was transferred to Fulham of the English First Division for a then MLS-record $1.5 million transfer fee.
While the team struggled at times, the Earthquakes did manage to set an MLS record with 15 straight unbeaten matches at Spartan Stadium. The streak stretched from Aug. 21, 1999 - July 15, 2000. It was a mark that the club would equal just two seasons later.
With a defense led by the emerging force of goalkeeper Joe Cannon, the Quakes recorded a club record nine shutouts in 2000. Long-time Bay Area soccer legend John Doyle played his last game as a member of the club in 2000, finishing a highly-decorated career that included eight years as a member of the U.S. National Team and a spot in the 1988 Olympics and 1990 World Cup.
Forward Abdul Thompson Conteh was recognized as the MLS Humanitarian of the Year for his efforts to raise awareness and funds for the victims of war in his native Sierra Leone.
In a move that would foreshadow the dramatic upheaval the club would soon undergo, Lynne Meterparel stepped down as the Earthquakes General Manager on October 4 after 21 months.