Thursday, December 15, 2005

Earthquakes Moving to Houston

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber made it official, the San Jose Earthquakes are moving to Houston. The team’s owners, Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), are attracted to the city due to size and ethnic diversity.

In a bit of good news, the team might be gone, but they are not taking the name, logo or colors with them. Also, the city has signed a letter of intent with the hopes of attracting a MLS expansion team, perhaps as early as 2007.

"It is our intent to return to San Jose as early as possible," Garber said.

This is what most people figured would happen. AEG was not willing to loose money for another year while the City of San Jose could not make things happen in such a short time. It will be interesting to see how the team formerly known as the Earthquake does next year. With just four months to get everything up and running, it is going to be difficult. One good thing they have going for them is their talent. Still, chaos more often then not hurts teams in the end.

Now we all get to guess at the new name. How about the Houston Californians?

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