The San Jose Earthquakes have traded forward Alan Gordon to the L.A. Galaxy, according to the team’s website. The Earthquakes will receive cash in exchange for him.
The 32-year old forward had recorded 18 goals in 64 games as a member of the Quakes. He initially joined the club on July 14, 2011 where he arrived from Toronto FC. Alan Gordon returns to his hometown club — he was born in Long Beach — as well as the club where he started his Major League Soccer career in 2004. Oddly enough he played his first ever MLS game against the Earthquakes in September of that year.
San Jose Earthquakes general manager John Doyle had this to say about his forward:
“We would like to thank Alan for everything he has done for this club. Alan has produced many great moments during his years with the Earthquakes. We wish him well going forward.”
His best season with San Jose came in 2012 where he tallied 13 goals and seven assists in 23 games, 13 of which he started.
Thank you Alan Gordon for the memories of the past. Yet, now we have to look to the future. Our league is changing our team is changing.
— QuakesNation (@QuakesNation) August 11, 2014
He is most famously known around these parts in particular for defeating the L.A. Galaxy by coming off the bench in in the 66th minute of a game in 2013 and scoring twice, one of which came in stoppage time. Teammate Shea Salinas also scored in stoppage time, and with those goals the Earthquakes completed quite possibly the greatest comeback in MLS history. The kicker? The Quakes were also a man down during the comeback when defender Vic Bernardez received his second yellow card of the game on a questionable call (potential dive) in the 77th minute.
Here’s the video of that. If you weren’t pumped up after that game… well then you must’ve been rooting for the wrong team.