Following the international break, the San Jose Earthquakes return home to face D.C. United at Avaya Stadium this Saturday. The match marks the 20th Anniversary of the inaugural Major League Soccer game, which took place between United and the then-named San Jose Clash at Spartan Stadium on April 6, 1996.
San Jose beat D.C. in this historic match, 1-0, as Clash forward Eric Wynalda scored the lone goal in the 88th minute. Saturday’s celebration makes the first time since the 1996 season that the original Clash players and coaches will come together, and they’ll be honored at halftime.
Pregame ceremonies will replicate that of the inaugural match at Spartan Stadium in 1996, and the Earthquakes are promising a 90’s themed stadium experience. The first 10,000 fan receive throwback Clash t-shirts while 7,500 fans will receive special programs in the style of the 1996 program.
An auction featuring Clash and Earthquakes items will benefit the Quakes Community Fund and limited edition Clash merchandise including shirts & scarves will be sold throughout the stadium.
The Earthquakes will be without midfielder Simon Dawkins Saturday, who picked up a red card during their match against the Galaxy in Week 3. Dawkins has started each of the Earthquakes’ three games and his absence opens the door for either Shea Salinas to return or for Matias Perez Garcia to get his first start of the season.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES v D.C. UNITED
Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 7:30PM
CSNBA, 1370 KZSF, 1590 KLIV