SAN JOSE – The San Jose earthquakes are playing five of their first seven games in Major League Soccer at home in Captain Chris Wondolowski’s expected farewell season.
They should also appear on eight national television shows this year, the MLS announced on Wednesday.
The 34-game regular season begins on April 16 in Houston and ends on November 7. The Quakes host FC Dallas on what is known as the league’s decision day. San Jose’s home opening game is April 24th against Dallas.
After Earthquakes Stadium has played for most of last year with no spectators, it will have a limited attendance of 20% to meet state and Santa Clara County’s guidelines, the team said.
A press release from the team said the Quakes are limiting seating to 20%, although professional sports teams are allowed 33% capacity in the orange tier of the state’s four-color opening system.
San Jose season ticket holders have priority over the team’s first two home games, according to the release. Season ticket holders who do not occupy a seat for the first few games will have priority for the next three games, all against rivals from the Western Conference in May.
The Quakes also said they will have enough capacity to accommodate all season ticket holders for the California Clasico on June 26 at Stanford Stadium against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Any tickets left over for home games will be offered in a public sale announced later, the team said.
38-year-old Wondolowski planned to retire last year but changed his mind because the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the season. He also said he had proven to himself that he could still play at a high level while leading the Quakes by seven goals in 22 games.
The earthquakes likely need a strong start under coach Matis Almeyda’s third year. After five home games, San Jose is expected to play eight of the next ten games on the road.
During a swing season, the Quakes play seven out of ten games in San Jose between August 8 and September 29.