The headline needs a little clarification if you’ve never been to a San Jose Earthquakes game. Wait—you want to know who the Quakes are? Glad you asked: They’re the Bay Area’s very own franchise in Major League Soccer, they play their home games in Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. And to get back to the headline, “O, San Jose” is one of the popular chants you’ll hear from the team’s die-hard supporters, the 1906 Ultras and The Casbah.

The Quakes are the Bay Area’s other major-league playoff team. The Giants, the World Series champions from San Francisco, have gotten virtually all the ink and almost all the love, but the Earthquakes are still on their own quest for a league championship of their own.

The latest installment: an explosive 3-1 road victory tonight over the New York Red Bulls. That gave the Quakes, who lost 1-0 in Santa Clara last Saturday, a 3-2 aggregate victory in the two-game playoff series. Next up for San Jose: a semifinal match with the winner of the series between the Columbus Crew and Colorado Rapids.


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke (Twitter: @danbrekke) has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at

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