2007 Finish: Re-entering the league in 2008
Stadium: Buck Shaw Stadium
After the club left the Bay Area in 2005 and became what is now the Houston Dynamo, San Jose fans couldn't have dreamed of being back in the league so quickly, but amazingly the 'Quakes are back in MLS and it's a better league for it.
While new stadium plans are underway, the team will be playing its home matches at Buck Shaw Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University. The 11,500 seat ground should provide an intimate setting and plenty of atmosphere when San Jose takes on hated rivals L.A. again in the California derby, but it will also be interesting to see what kind of reaction Houston gets upon their west coast return.
Former Galaxy coach Frank Yallop has assembled a brand new team through the expansion draft, trades and the MLS SuperDraft which will attempt to avoid the first-year club jinx of finishing dead last (although Chicago did win MLS Cup in its very first year of existence in 1998).
Luckily for Yallop he'll have goalkeeper Joe Cannon back in San Jose after prying him away from Los Angeles as well. After that things get a little dicey for the team, with the possible exceptions of Ronnie O'Brien and Ned Grabavoy in midfield. The rest of the team is a patchwork of journeymen who will be hard-pressed to deliver night in and night out.
Outlook: Most likely San Jose will be this year's version of Toronto FC and finish the season in last place.
Breakout star: Ned Grabavoy showed glimpses of quality in Los Angeles and Columbus but he'll have all the spotlight to himself in San Jose to make it happen more frequently.