After an off-season that saw the departure of a few longtime players, the San Jose Earthquakes kicked off the MLS regular season with several new faces they hope will help recreate the success for the 2010 season and not the disappointment of 2011.
My reflexes were tested early as a Revolution cross came into the box:
Victor Bernardez adds a bit of toughness to the Quakes' back line:
Marvin Chavez looks to provide a burst of speed to the Quakes' midfield:
Rafael Baca came to San Jose in a mid-season trade last year, and displayed great ball skills on the flank:
After his hot start last year, I fully expected Simon Dawkins to return to Tottenham Hotspur, but injuries delayed his plans, and his loan deal was extended another year:
After starting his professional career with San Jose, Shea Salinas bounced around in two successive expansion drafts, before finding his way home in an offseason trade:
Steven Lenhart is back from a long leave of absence, gooning it up but creating a few chances as well:
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ramiro Corrales was back after being moved around a lot last year:
Cal grad A.J. Soares didn't last the full 90, but got off a nice header off a corner kick:
The Quakes started out with a 1-0 win over the Revolution, but they need to gel quickly to avoid the lull they suffered last year.