The San Jose Earthquakes have a new look. They’re just not sharing it yet.
The Earthquakes announced on Thursday that a new logo and uniforms would be revealed on Jan. 30 at the club’s 40th Anniversary Party in downtown San Jose, a year that will be punctuated by the construction of a new soccer-specific stadium for 2015.
“We couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with our fans at one of San Jose’s most iconic venues, San Pedro Square Market,” Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said in a statement. “As we celebrate 40 years of Quakes soccer and with the new stadium scheduled for completion this year, we felt this was the perfect time to unveil a new look that embodies the true spirit of this club. We look forward to a memorable night that will highlight all of the great things that make this club special.”
The free event is open to the public and comes on the heels of a season in which San Jose finished within a point of the playoffs, missing out to the Colorado Rapids via tie breaker a year after winning the Supporters’ Shield.
The Earthquakes have had a busy offseason already in preparation for 2014, with outside backs Shaun Francis and Brandon Barklage arriving via the Re-Entry Draft to help replace the retired Ramiro Corrales and Justin Morrow, who was traded to Toronto. Rafael Baca was also transferred to Liga MX side Cruz Azul just before Christmas.
San Jose begin the 2014 season on two fronts under head coach Mark Watson, who had the interim tag removed after replacing Frank Yallop, with a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against Toluca crowding the schedule.