Friday, December 16, 2005

Houston: We have liftoff

Tthe saga is over. The Earthquakes are moving south to Texas. There will be a team naming contest announced today (link), and I think we should continue the trend of "soccer names." After all, this is the perfect time to use wanderers or rovers.

Garber said that the while the Quakes are moving to Houston, they will keep their name and history, just like the NFL's Cleveland Browns did a decade ago. San Jose may get an expansion franchise, but who knows if that will happen. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the Quakes' alltime records, thanks to my handy lineup database.

Alltime W/L/D Records (counting shootouts as draws)

MLS: 115-105-86
Playoffs: 10-8-1
Open Cup: 8-6-4
Continental: 5-3-0

Overall: 138-122-91

Alltime Leading Goalscorers


1 Ronald Cerritos 66
2 Landon Donovan 45
3 Dwayne DeRosario 33
4 Brian Ching 28
5 Jeff Baicher 22
6 Manny Lagos 21
6 Eric Wynalda 21
8 Lawrence Lozzano 16
8 Ariel Graziani 16
10 Ekelund/Mullan 15

By Competition:

MLS-Cerritos, 61
Playoffs-Donovan, 10
Open Cup-Cerritos, 4
Continental-Donovan/Lagos, 2

Most Games Played


1 Richard Mulrooney 189
2 Wade Barrett 163
2 Ronald Cerritos 163
4 Ian Russell 161
5 Ramiro Corrales 151
6 Troy Dayak 149
7 John Doyle 140
8 Dwayne DeRosario 137
9 Eddie Lewis 122
10 Ronnie Ekelund 116

There were 111 players who played for the club in at least one game, in all competitions. If you only include starts, then Agoos and Cannon would replace DeRosario and Lewis.

By Competition:

MLS-Mulrooney, 163
Playoffs-Agoos/Donovan, 14
Open Cup-Conway, 12
Continental-Corrales, 8

Finally, as we reminisce (or thank god that we don't have to hear about it anymore...guess which category I'm in), I'll leave you with a trivia question for the hardest of hardcore Quakes fans. Who are the only two players to only play for the Earthquakes once? One was in 1998, and the other in 2000.

Scroll down to see the answer:

Alberto Montoya and Ryan Edwards

Comments on "Houston: We have liftoff"


Anonymous jamesey said ... (3:32 PM, December 16, 2005) : 

Are you going to continue collecting stats and following the league?


Blogger scaryice said ... (3:45 PM, December 16, 2005) : 

Yeah, I'm a Fire fan...

Personally, I'm glad they moved. It's better for the league.


Blogger scaryice said ... (12:06 AM, December 17, 2005) : 

BTW, I have no idea who those two guys are either.


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