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The Earthquakes revival
by Ridge Mahoney, July 19th, 2007 7AM
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Less than four months after holding a press conference at the Oakland Coliseum stating the Earthquakes could return as early as 2008, Oakland A's co-owner Lewis Wolff and San Jose Earthquakes, LLC are gearing up for an April kickoff. The MLS Board of Governors voted Tuesday to approve a San Jose franchise. By purchasing an expansion option from MLS, Wolff had also acquired the logos, colors, etc. used by the Quakes before AEG moved the team to Houston after the 2005 season.

Just about a year ago, negotiations with San Jose State University, where the previous Quakes played, regarding a new on-campus facility broke down.

Pending approval of the San Jose City Council, Wolff will build a stadium adjacent to Santa Clara University and the San Jose International Airport with revenues derived from the sale and development of another parcel of land in San Jose that the council must first re-zone for residential use.

It is currently zoned for commercial use. He must reach an agreement with the city council by mid-September, but with the team green-lighted by the league, that shouldn't be an obstacle.

In the meanwhile, the Quakes will are considering two venues home games, but Wolff did not identify them. "We will probably play most of the games at one site and a few of the games at another," Wolff said. "We'll be a little bit nomadic, but not too much. At the same time, we'll be able to judge the market around the Bay Area."

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