With little to cheer about lately, we figured that you would all enjoy reading about something "positive" for a change.
This, we are bringing to you the story on the San Jose Earthquakes, whom share Spartan Stadium with your San Jose State Spartans.
Enjoy the good vibrations of this story, and let's hope that the Earthquakes success while playing in Spartan Stadium rubs off on the Spartans next year.
CARSON, Calif. -- No spectacular comeback for the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS Cup.
Landon Donovan scored twice for the Earthquakes, who got a goal five minutes in and led all the way in an action-filled 4-2 victory over the Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer's championship game Sunday.
The title was the second in three years for San Jose, which had to come from behind twice in the playoffs this season.
Donovan, whose overtime goal against Kansas City in the Western Conference final propelled San Jose into the championship match, became the first player to score two goals in the MLS Cup.
The game, played before a capacity crowd of 27,000, was the highest-scoring in the Cup's eight-year history.
Donovan, chosen the game's MVP, gave the Earthquakes a two-goal lead with his second goal of the game, in the 71st minute. Dwayne De Rosario made a perfect crossing pass from the right corner and Donovan, racing down the center of the box, tapped the ball past goalkeeper Zach Thornton.
Donovan also scored in the 38th minute, when he split defenders Orlando Perez and Carlos Bocanegra and took a pass from Jamil Walker. Donovan, one-one-one with Thornton, used his left foot to drive the ball under the diving goalie.
Ronnie Ekelund gave San Jose a quick 1-0 lead with a 22-yard free kick, when he curled the ball into the right corner of the net. Teammate Jeff Agoos feinted a run from the left to take the kick before he stopped, and Ekelund then struck the ball with his right.
Donovan's first goal then made it 2-0.
DaMarcus Beasley scored for Chicago in the 49th minute as the Fire closed to 2-1, but San Jose responded with a goal a minute later. Richard Mulrooney built the lead back to two goals when he took a pass just inside the penalty box and beat Thornton with a low, hard drive.
Thornton and the Fire had not allowed a goal in their three playoff games leading up to the MLS Cup, shutting out D.C. United in both first-round games, then holding New England scoreless in the Eastern Conference final.
The Fire pulled within 3-2 in the 54th minute when a cross from Evan Whitfield went off the head of San Jose defender Chris Roner, who had entered the game four minutes earlier.
Donovan's second goal made it 4-2.
San Jose goalkeeper Pat Onstad earlier preserved the Earthquakes' 3-2 lead with a diving save of Ante Razov's penalty kick in the 57th minute. Razov tried to roll his left-footed kick inside the left post, but Onstad guessed correctly and was able to get to the ball.
The 21-year-old Donovan has 10 goals in only 12 MLS playoff games. He led San Jose during the regular season with 12 goals.
The Earthquakes and Fire met three times in the regular season. They played to scoreless draws twice before the Fire won the third match 4-1.
San Jose made a remarkable comeback in the opening playoff series against Los Angeles, a two-game, total-goals encounter. The Earthquakes lost the first leg 2-0, then fell behind 2-0 in the second. But the Earthquakes rallied to take a 4-2 lead, with Donovan scoring one of the goals that helped force overtime. Donovan then fed Rodrigo Faria for the deciding goal.
In the second round, Donavan's overtime goal gave San Jose a 3-2 win over Kansas City.