Dear Black & Blue Warriors,
You all know that we’ve always supported you unconditionally. We don’t only sing it or write it on banners. We live by our motto: “Win Or Lose, We’ll Always Be There For You!”. There were painful seasons– like 2008, 2009, or 2011– and there were painful playoff losses such as Colorado and home last year against LA. Those failures only perpetuated our undying support.
We understand that losses generate a need for even more support and enthusiasm, and THAT is when our voices sing louder, our flags fly higher, and our hearts beat faster.
Until last weekend, it appeared as though the season would end like the ones in 2008, 2009 or 2011. However, the coaching staff’s inspiration, coupled with your efforts and fighting spirit on the field, and the home crowd’s support in the stands, culminated in an impressive, unbeaten streak at home that brought us much needed points.
The phenomenal teamwork and Lenny’s beautiful headers sealed a hard fought win in Salt Lake that most thought it was impossible. Key word: “most”.
We, the most fanatical fans of this club, know that nothing is impossible for you guys. We believe in you and we know that in these five games that remain, you can turn around a season filled with bad luck, injuries, ridiculous suspensions and bad refereeing.
The final victory is ready for the taking and it WILL be taken. The ultimate victory is in your hands– or feet, I should say.
You control your own destiny.
Forget about the new stadium delay.
Forget about the biased officiating.
Forget the adversity you had to deal with for most of this year.
Forget about the overrated markets that are constantly being pushed forward into the spotlight.
You are the San Jose Earthquakes! You have more heart than all of them, and behind you stands not the biggest, but by far the most dedicated and loyal supporters group in this league. The season starts tonight!
Beat the cloned Goats! Except for defending against the racism allegations, they have nothing to fight for this year. You do! So play your game, play it well, and the three points will be yours. You are much better than them.
Defeat Colorado! A win will get us right there, only one point behind them in the fight for that last playoff spot. Tough game, but they are coming to Buck Shaw. We might not have their high altitude atmosphere, but we have electrical atmosphere in the stands and they won’t be able to handle that pressure.
Then we are going to Filth City. Again. Remember that 3-1 loss at home last year? Remember that 0-3 loss last month? Is that the difference between you guys and them? No way. You are better than that. You are better than them. We’ll beat them in their own home and that previous loss will mean less than a forgotten memory.
In between MLS games, we know damn well that you will Guate-Maul Heredia at home, and earn yourself more international appearances. There will be an earthquake alert all over Central America next year, once the CONCACAF Champions League restarts.
Dallas in the last game of the regular season? You’ll destroy them. You dominated them in their home a couple of months ago, before the ref decided to pull a CJ Ross and give them the tie. They won’t stand a chance at Fort Buck Shaw, where the visiting teams have the same chance of being victorious as a cow walking into a slaughterhouse.
Once you clinch that playoff spot, nobody will want to battle you. By then, you’ll be the hottest team in the league, and the road to winning the cup will be wide open for you.
Forget about what happened earlier in this season, boys! We know that you have the capacity to turn things around into the right direction. It was the San Jose Earthquakes who made the most spectacular combeack in the history of the American soccer in 2003, beating the Scum after being down 4-0.
It was you guys who got up from your knees and pulled similar combacks not once, not twice, but three times in the past two years, against the same Filth from down South.
It is our club that rose from the dead and reemerged like the Phoenix from the ashes in 2007.
It is time to show that spirit again, it is time to shine brighter, farther, and faster than the rest of the league.
As for last year, you were the best team in this league, but you left some unfinished business. Now is the time to finish it. Finish them all! Bring them down! One by one, step by step, town by town!
Dan – 1906 Ultras