One of the ten founding clubs in Major League Soccer, San Jose started life as the Clash, continuing a tradition of professional soccer in the area started in 1974 and the days of the original NASL. In 1999, the Earthquakes name returned, and with that their two MLS Cup titles won in 2001 and 2003. After a brief hiatus, San Jose returned to MLS in 2006. Today, the ‘Quakes are among the clubs owing a lot to their predecessors as they move forward. In 2015, their first season in the lush new Avaya Stadium, San Jose finished 7th in the West. The Earthquakes will look to 2016 as their year to rumble in search for a third MLS Cup.
With the 2016 season scheduled to kick-off in March, San Jose honors the Clash with their new adidas 2016 away jersey debuted on Wednesday. The away jersey comes in the Earthquakes’ original NASL colors of white and red. The jersey is white with a red crew neck collar and sleeves. The adidas 3-Stripes in red run down the side seam from under the arms to the waist.
The jersey is also a tribute to the original MLS sides when they were known as the San Jose Clash. The original Clash logo, a black/gold/red scorpion with the ‘Clash’ wordmark, is placed on the inside back of the collar. The words ‘Unity’ ‘Devotion’ and ‘Heritage’ are underneath.
On the outside back of the collar is the current ‘Quakes’ wordmark.
A red vertical stripe runs down the shirt with the club’s unique faultline design present within. The club crest is embroidered and appears with two stars above on the stripe.
The final detail is a SJ74 logo that represents the year of the original Earthquakes’ founding and is placed at the waistline of the vertical red stripe.
The kit comes complete with white shorts and red socks.
After four seasons without a sponsor, the Quakes have a sponsor in Sutter Health which appears across the chest on all the team’s 2016 jerseys.
The 2016-17 San Jose Earthquakes away kit will be available soon at World Soccer Shop.