Western Conference Final Position: 9th
San Jose lost the highest number of games in a single season for 14 years as they tasted defeat 16 times in the 2014 season. It will go down as a year to forget, but the Earthquakes have a fresh start to look forward to.
The California-based side will move into a new soccer-specific stadium for the start of the 2015 season, and will hope that the change of home will inspire them to better performances on the pitch.
San Jose lifted the Supporters’ Shield two years ago, but a lot can change in football, and they will need to regroup and strengthen if they are to improve next year.
The 5-1 win against Chicago Fire in July is was the standout moment of what was a disappointing season. San Jose only won six matches, and the demolition of Chicago gave the home fans plenty to cheer about on that day. Things got even better a week later when they beat Seattle 1-0, but unfortunately, that was to be their last win of the season.
The 5-0 loss at home to FC Dallas in mid-August was the worst defeat that the Earthquakes suffered all season, and that is certainly a game they will have already wiped from memory. Failing to score a single goal in the last four games of the season is also a major concern, but the team have time to regroup and fix the mounting problems.
Player of the Year
Chris Wondolowski had another solid season despite the almost non-existent attacking support around him as the star striker ended the season with 14 goals and four assists. ‘Wondo’ only made 26 appearances but was a joy to watch once again when given service. The Earthquakes need to build the team around their star man to improve.
San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 Chicago Fire (July 24 2014)
San Jose Earthquakes 0-5 FC Dallas (August 17 2014)
What to improve for the 2015 season…
The move to the new stadium will give fans the chance to forget about the past, and they will be looking to see a much-improved side when they start the 2015 season. Dominic Kinnear will return to coach the side and that should see things improve on the field.
Kinnear led the Earthquakes to the 2005 Supporters’ Shield and San Jose will need him to come in and make an immediate impact.
Defensively, they were reasonably good, as only eight sides conceded fewer goals than them – all of whom made the playoffs.
In attack, they were poor. The Earthquakes only scored 35 goals in 34 games, with Chivas USA the only side to find the net on fewer occasions (29) and Kinnear will need to get the side playing attacking football if things are to improve.