By History San José

Earthquakes Come Home

Celebrating 40 years of professional soccer in San Jose, featuring History San José's Soccer Legacy Collection

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"Since 1974" exhibit (2014) by History San JoséHistory San José

Quakes 74 

This online exhibit is an extension of an exhibit curated by History San José and displayed at the Quakes 74 anniversary celebration for players and fans at San Jose's San Pedro Square Market in 2014. The exhibit, sponsored by the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer Team, and displaying material from History San José's extensive Soccer Legacy Collection, celebrates 40 years of professional men’s soccer in San Jose.

Celebrating 40 Years of Earthquakes Soccer, San Jose Earthquakes, 2014, From the collection of: History San José
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"Since 1974" exhibit, History San José, 2014, From the collection of: History San José
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Major League Soccer inaugural game banner, 6 April 1996, San Jose Clash, 1996-04-06, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Clash opening day banner, 1997, American Honda Motor Company, 1997-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Troy Dayak #19 Hall of Fame induction banner, Edwin Flores, 2011, From the collection of: History San José
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Regresenlos Ya! / Earthquakes / Bring Them Back Now!, Unknown, 2007-06, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes San Jose pennant (1980) by North American Soccer LeagueHistory San José

San Jose Earthquakes 1974­-1988

When the six-­year-­old North American Soccer League awarded an expansion franchise to San Jose in 1974, the San Jose Mercury News held a contest for the fans to name the team. The winning name was Earthquakes. Spartan Stadium hosted the San Jose Earthquakes to near capacity crowds who were led in cheers by Krazy George Henderson. The team folded in 1988, along with North American professional soccer.

"Earthquakes Are Here!" bumper sticker, Unknown, 1974, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes 1974 team poster, Central Bank, 1974, From the collection of: History San José
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"No Fault Soccer" Earthquakes brochure, San Jose Earthquakes, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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"No Fault Soccer" earthquakes brochure, San Jose Earthquakes, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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Johnny Moore signing autographs, Unknown, 1974/1975, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes scarf, Unknown, 1974/1980, From the collection of: History San José
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Paul Child #10 player jersey, Adidas AG, 1977, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes San Jose 1975 Media Guide North American Soccer League, North American Soccer League, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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The San Jose Earthquakes present Soccer '76, North American Soccer League, 1976, From the collection of: History San José
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George Best button, Unknown, 1980, From the collection of: History San José
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"Easy" Perez button, Unknown, 1979, From the collection of: History San José
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North American Soccer League 1975 Indoor Tournament Champions trophy, Unknown, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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"Gabbo" Gavric slides into Pelé, Mike Spinelli, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes Hoisting the 1975 trophy, Unknown, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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1976 Southern Division Champions of the North American Soccer League postcard, Coca-Cola Company, 1976, From the collection of: History San José
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Mike Hewitt at Spartan Stadium, Unknown, 1979, From the collection of: History San José
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George Best at Cow Palace, Unknown, 1981/1982, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes vs United States National Team program, Unknown, 1974-08-30, From the collection of: History San José
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The Great San Jose Earthquake of 1974, Fred Guzman, 1974, From the collection of: History San José
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1975 North American Soccer League ball, Wilson Sporting Goods Company, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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Herfy's Earthquakes trading cards, Herfy's Burgers, 1975, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes San Jose badge, San Jose Earthquakes, 1980, From the collection of: History San José
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The Mercury News Presents Earthquakes 10th Anniversary Reunion Game, San Jose Mercury News, 1984-05-12, From the collection of: History San José
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Daring, Intense, Explosive, Powerful, Fascinating, Emotional Dramatic, and Exhilarating. Have We Got A Sport For You!, San Jose Earthquakes, 1977, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Oaks (1992) by UnknownHistory San José

Oaks and Blackhawks 1989­-1995

Chris Dangerfield #7 game-worn jersey, Unknown, 1992, From the collection of: History San José
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Dominic Kinnear #8 game-worn jersey, Unknown, 1991, From the collection of: History San José
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Blackhawks 1992 Media Guide (1992) by UnknownHistory San José

1991 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks

The San Francisco Bay Blackhawks were a minor pro soccer team in the Western Soccer League (WSL) in 1989, American Professional Soccer League (APSL) in 1990-92, and as the Hawks in the United States International Soccer League (USISL) in 1993, during the years between the demise of the NASL in 1994 and Major League Soccer (MLS) in 1996. Owned by real estate lawyer Dan van Voorhis and playing home matches at Spartan Stadium, the Blackhawks fielded a star-­studded roster and won the APSL Championship in 1991 defeating the Albany Capitals.

1991 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks team poster, Tea Sahara, 1991, From the collection of: History San José
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Blackhawks 1992 Media Guide, Unknown, 1992, From the collection of: History San José
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1992 American Airlines Cup program, Unknown, 1992, From the collection of: History San José
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San Francisco Bay Blackhawks pennant, Unknown, 1989/1992, From the collection of: History San José
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San Francisco Bay Blackhawks Official field pass, Unknown, 1989/1990, From the collection of: History San José
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Game #9 San Francisco Bay Blackhawks vs Salt Lake Sting ticket stub, Unknown, 1991-07, From the collection of: History San José
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San Diego Nomads vs. San Francisco Bay Blackhawks ticket stub, Unknown, 1989-08-12, From the collection of: History San José
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Soccer Magic magazine (1992-08-25) by Nicholas ArellanoHistory San José

1992 San Jose Oaks

The U.S. Open Cup, dating to 1914, is the oldest soccer competition in the country. In 1992, the amateur San Jose Oaks squad, playing home games in Watson Park in San Jose’s Northside neighborhood, improbably captured the Open Cup and earned the right to call themselves national champions. It is the only Open Cup ever won by a team representing San Jose in the century-­old competition.

U.S. National Open Cup 1992 Champion trophy, United States Soccer Federation, 1992, From the collection of: History San José
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The Sports Report newsletter, San Jose Sports Authority, 1994, From the collection of: History San José
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1992-'93 CONCACAF Winners Cup program, Unknown, 1992, From the collection of: History San José
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The Original Earthquakes vs The Original Timbers program, Unknown, 1989, From the collection of: History San José
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The San Jose Earthquakes Reunion Team program, Unknown, 1989, From the collection of: History San José
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Soccer Magic magazine, Nicholas Arellano, 1991, From the collection of: History San José
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San Francisco Bay Blackhawks January 1994 Pro Soccer Update, San Jose MLS Bid Committee, 1994, From the collection of: History San José
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1996 inaugural season San Jose Clash team poster (1996) by UnknownHistory San José

MLS Clash and Quakes 1996-2005

Troy Dayak #19 game-worn jersey, Nike, Inc., 2003, From the collection of: History San José
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1996 inaugural season San Jose Clash team poster, Unknown, 1996, From the collection of: History San José
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Ronald Cerritos #20 game-worn jersey, Nike, Inc., 1997, From the collection of: History San José
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Goose 12 Captain's armband, Nike, Inc., 2003, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Clash Get Your Kicks!, Unknown, 1999, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Clash vs. Deportivo Toluca program, Unknown, 1998-11-18, From the collection of: History San José
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"Saluda a los Terremotos de San Jose, Campeones de la MLS", Orchard Supply Hardware, 2002, From the collection of: History San José
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Soccer Jr. : The Soccer Magazine for Kids, Triplepoint, Inc., 1996, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Clash scarf (1996) by Nike, Inc.History San José

San Jose Clash vs. DC United MLS Inaugural Match, April 6, 1996

Major League Soccer elected to hold its inaugural match of their new league at Spartan Stadium with the Clash hosting DC United. The Clash’s starting line-­up included several local stars like goalkeeper Tom Liner from Redwood City, defender Tim Martin from San Jose, defender John Doyle from Fremont, defender Troy Dayak from Walnut Creek, midfielder Paul Bravo from Campbell, and forward Jeff Baicher from Sunnyvale. The Clash’s forward Eric Wynalda scored the first goal of MLS and the only goal of the match in the 88th minute. Wynalda’s inaugural goal would later be named 1996 MLS Goal of the Year.

Mitre Ultimax match ball, Mitre USA, 1996, From the collection of: History San José
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Clash San Jose scarf, Nike, Inc., 1998, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes scarf, Adidas AG, 2005, From the collection of: History San José
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Official 2000 MLS Yearbook San Jose Earthquakes, Major League Soccer (Organization), 2001, From the collection of: History San José
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"The Seismic Curtain" Earthquakes defenders, San Jose Earthquakes, 2003, From the collection of: History San José
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Game 2 San Jose Earthquakes vs. D.C. United season ticket, San Jose Earthquakes, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Game 3 San Jose Earthquakes vs. Metrostars season ticket, San Jose Earthquakes, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Game 5 San Jose Earthquakes vs. Kansas City Wizards season ticket, San Jose Earthquakes, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Game 10 San Jose Earthquakes vs. Dallas Burn season ticket, San Jose Earthquakes, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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"KEEP US IN SAN JOSE" (2004-08-21) by UnknownHistory San José

San Jose Earthquakes 2000-­2005

In 2000, the Clash was renamed the Earthquakes. With the change came great success within the league: a MLS Championship in 2001, a MLS Championship in 2003, and a Supporters’ Shield in 2005. Despite the Earthquakes success and fan support, problems identifying a stadium location caused the league to put the team on hiatus and to move the players and staff to Houston.

Playoffs / Goonies Never Say Die playoff scarf (2012) by UnknownHistory San José

Return of the Earthquakes 2008­-2013

Quakes Matchday program (2012-06-30) by San Jose EarthquakesHistory San José

2008 The Quakes Return

A compelling soccer legacy, a steadfast fan base, and a determined community convinced Major League Soccer to award San Jose with an expansion franchise only two years after the Earthquakes moved to Houston. Lew Wolff and John Fisher, the principal owners of the Oakland A’s, had exercised their option to purchase the team and build a soccer specific stadium. From 2008-­2014, while their new stadium was being built on Coleman Avenue, the Earthquakes played at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University.

Chris Wondolowski #8 game-worn jersey, Adidas AG, 2010, From the collection of: History San José
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Darren Huckerby #6 game-worn jersey, Adidas AG, 2008, From the collection of: History San José
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Steven Lenhart #24 jersey, Adidas AG, 2012-06-30, From the collection of: History San José
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Jon Busch game-worn goalie gloves, High Performance Goalkeeping, 2012, From the collection of: History San José
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Ramiro Corrales bobblehead, Wells Fargo Bank, 2012, From the collection of: History San José
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2012 Win Pins, San Jose Earthquakes, 2012, From the collection of: History San José
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Game 10 San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC ticket stub, San Jose Earthquakes, 2009-08-02, From the collection of: History San José
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The Golden Boot Tour 2010 autographed photo, San Jose Earthquakes, 2010, From the collection of: History San José
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Did You Feel That? Earthquakes scarf, San Jose Earthquakes, 2011, From the collection of: History San José
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Playoffs / Goonies Never Say Die playoff scarf, Unknown, 2012, From the collection of: History San José
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Shea Salinas #15 game-worn cleats, Diadora, 2009, From the collection of: History San José
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Terremotos scarf, Unknown, 2010, From the collection of: History San José
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2012 Supporters' Shield Winners banner (2013) by VISA, Inc.History San José

2012 Earthquakes

With the best record in MLS, the Earthquakes won their second Supporters’ Shield. They scored a franchise record 72 goals and their star forward Chris Wondolowski became the club’s all-­time leading goal ­scorer. “Wondo” also tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, winning his second Golden Boot.

San Jose Earthquakes MLS Cup Champions 2001 - 2003 pennant (2004) by Orchard Supply HardwareHistory San José

MLS Champions 2001­ & 2003

San Jose Earthquakes -- 2003 MLS Cup Champions (2004) by San Jose Sports AuthorityHistory San José

San Jose Earthquakes 2003 MLS Cup Champions

A dominating team performance that included two goals from Quakes forward Landon Donovan led to a 4-­2 victory over the Chicago Fire on November 23 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and the San Jose Earthquakes second MLS Championship in three years.

Dwayne De Rosario #14 game-worn jersey, Adidas AG, 2003, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes 2003 MLS Cup Champions scarf, Unknown, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Landon Donovan #10 game-worn jersey, Nike, Inc., 2001-10-10, From the collection of: History San José
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Landon Donovan bobblehead, Bobble Dreams, 2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Joe Cannon bobblehead, Bobble Dreams, 2001, From the collection of: History San José
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Troy Dayak 2011 Quakes HOF Inductee bobblehead, Unknown, 2011, From the collection of: History San José
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Frosted Flakes 2001 MLS Cup Champions box, Kellogg Company, 2001/2002, From the collection of: History San José
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MLS Cup Champions 2003 ring, Unknown, 2003/2004, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes 4-2 Fire Championship Ring, Unknown, 2003-11-23, From the collection of: History San José
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MLS Cup Champions 2001 ring, Unknown, 2001/2002, From the collection of: History San José
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Earthquakes 2-1 Galaxy Championship Ring, Unknown, 2001-10-21, From the collection of: History San José
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MLS Cup 2001 October 21 Columbus Crew Stadium official match ball (2001) by KappaHistory San José

San Jose Earthquakes 2001 MLS Cup Champions

Dwayne De Rosario scored a Golden Goal in overtime to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2­-1 victory over their rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2001 MLS Cup on October 21 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Ohio.

"Saluda a los Terremotos de San Jose, Campeones de la MLS", Orchard Supply Hardware, 2002, From the collection of: History San José
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Avaya Stadium 2015

A new era begins for the San José Earthquakes in their own stadium in their own city.

"BUILD IT NOW" banner, Edwin Flores, 2010, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes Neighborhood Night, Katrina Anderson, 2015-02-10, From the collection of: History San José
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San Jose Earthquakes Neighborhood Night, Katrina Anderson, 2015-02-10, From the collection of: History San José
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Inaugural Match Ticket vs. Chicago Fire, Sunday, March 22 (2015-03-22) by Katrina AndersonHistory San José

Inaugural Match March 22, 2015

A day of celebration with tailgates, food trucks, the largest outdoor bar in North America, chants, cheers, Brandi Chastain, tifo, skydivers, and a Quakes victory marked the first match at Avaya Stadium.

Pre-match from the 7UP Epicenter, Avaya Stadium, Katrina Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Avaya Stadium View from the Corner, Bob Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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This Is Where We Hold Them. This Is Where We Fight. This Is Where They Die., Katrina Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Avaya Stadium Opening Day, Katrina Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Halftime Sky Divers, Avaya Stadium, Katrina Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Raise Your Scarves, Katrina Anderson, 2015-03-22, From the collection of: History San José
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Credits: Story

Curators:

Katrina Anderson, Collections and Exhibitions Volunteer, History San José

Ken Middlebrook, Curator of Collections, History San José

Alex Jackson, Preparator

Online Exhibit Creator:

Catherine Mills, Curator, Library & Archives, History San José

Thanks to the San Jose Earthquakes for sponsoring the original exhibit and to the members of Soccer Silicon Valley for their donations to the Soccer Legacy Collection History San José.

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