What a weekend. The Quakes finally, officially, clinched the Supporters’ Shield. Ground was finally broken in preparation of building their new stadium, and 6,256 fans (myself included) were on hand to participate in breaking the Guinness World Record for largest groundbreaking ceremony. Also present were Lew Wolff and John Fisher, the club’s owners (and also the owners of the Oakland A’s!), MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and various other league and city dignitaries and even a few of the Quakes players who were not playing later that day.
San Jose then battled rivals LA Galaxy to a hard-fought tie, thus finishing out the regular season unbeaten at Buck Shaw Stadium. I will spare you the details of the game–suffice it to say it was not the prettiest, either on OR off the field. I have to give credit to the Galaxy; despite missing a few key starters, they looked the strongest in the first half. However, my boys did what they do best and turned it on in the second half, with Marvin Chavez and Chris Wondolowski answering Robbie Keane and Edson Buddle’s goals with tallies of their own.
Which brings me to Wondo. Wondo Wondo Wondo, why must you do this to us? His goal on Sunday brought him to within a goal of tying Roy Lassiter’s record of 27 in a single season. Meaning, his team will be feeding him balls like crazy on Saturday when the Quakes face the Portland Timbers in their last match of the regular season. Also meaning, we San Jose fans will be on the edge of our seats clutching our stress balls or the hands of the unfortunate people sitting near us.
I was so emotionally drained at the end of the weekend, I didn’t even know how to put into words what I was feeling. I kept trying, but usually just ended up saying “I’m so happy… that was crazy….” The only thing that would have made it better would have been beating LA (and a hat trick for Wondo). But I am satisfied. I love my team.