The previous MLS Earthquakes played in San Jose State's Spartan Stadium in 1996-2005 and lifted MLS titles in 2001 and 2003. The Houston Dynamo, with Coach Dominic Kinnear and a core of players who moved with him from San Jose, won the 2006 MLS title.
An expansion draft would be held following the 2007 season. Wolff and his partner, John Fisher, purchased a three-year option on an MLS franchise last year.
The addition of the new Earthquakes would raise the number of MLS teams to 14.
The original San Jose Earthquakes played in the North American Soccer League in 1974-1984. Another version of the club played in the Western Soccer League in 1985-1988.
When MLS launched in 1996, the San Jose club was nicknamed the Clash, before becoming the Earthquakes in 2000.