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.

O, San Jose (Earthquakes)! 4 November,2010Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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