SAN JOSE - As part of the on-going celebration of 10 seasons of Major League Soccer in San Jose, the Earthquakes and former star forward and United States National Team player Eric Wynalda will re-create Wynalda's historic first goal in MLS history on Friday, April 8 at Spartan Stadium at 4:00 p.m. PT. Wynalda scored the game-winning goal on April 6, 1996 as the San Jose Clash defeated D.C. United in Major League Soccer's Inaugural game at Spartan Stadium.
An Under-9 boys team from the Santa Clara Sporting soccer club will assist Wynalda in the re-creation, as the 15 players from the youth team will wear replica San Jose Clash and D.C. United jerseys to represent the players from both teams that were on the field that night.
Wynalda's goal came in the 88th minute of the match between the Clash, as the Quakes were then named, and D.C. United. Current Earthquakes defender Troy Dayak and Quakes assistant coach John Doyle were also on the field that night for the Clash.
Wynalda, who is now the color analyst for MLS games on ESPN and ABC, will be available for interviews following the re-creation.
The Earthquakes take on Club Deportivo Chivas USA on Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. PT at Spartan Stadium on ESPN2.
Who: Eric Wynalda and Santa Clara Sporting Under-9 team
What: Re-creation of Eric Wynalda's first ever goal in MLS history
Where: Spartan Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
When: Friday, April 8, 4:00 p.m. PT