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Quakes rally draws 1,000 to 2,000 fans

By Dylan Hernandez

Mercury News

Clad in blue, Earthquakes fans packed the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose on Friday for a festive noon rally they hoped would help keep the team in the Bay Area.

Organized by the grass-roots group Soccer Silicon Valley, the rally drew a crowd that was estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000. SSV initially guessed that 1,500 fans were at the event.

SSV Founder Colin McCarthy said the intent of the rally was to show the local political and business community the level of support behind the Earthquakes, who could be relocated to Texas next season. Among those attending were city leaders from San Jose, Santa Clara and Morgan Hill; Earthquakes players; and former players from the original Earthquakes of the North American Soccer League.

The Earthquakes' investor-operator, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, told SSV leaders Thursday that unless a local investor group buys the team, it would be moved. AEG has given SSV until Sept. 17 to identify such a group. Houston and San Antonio have been identified as possible relocation targets.

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