Northern California has long been a hotbed of soccer, boasting tens of thousands of participants and the kind of inspired, knowledgeable fans who appreciate the subtleties of a bending free kick into the top corner of the net. Soccer Silicon Valley seeks to create the jewel in the crown of Northern California soccer, something that provides a focus for the soccer community as well as announces our presence to others, extending an invitation for them to join us in following the world's greatest sport: a 25,000-seat stadium surrounded by practice fields which could be used by the community as well as youth leagues and tournaments.

It's time for a stadium. Over the past 30 years, professional and international soccer has begun to capture the imagination of millions of Americans. During that time, Silicon Valley has been host to both men's and women's World Cup matches attended by hundreds of thousands of people, international exhibitions with teams from Europe as well as South and Central America, and hundreds of exciting San Jose Earthquakes matches.

The Earthquakes' history is an impressive one, dating back to 1974 and the early days of the North American Soccer League. The Quakes' Paul Child led the league in scoring that year and was the first in a parade of future hall-of-famers like Johnny Moore. The legendary George Best even played with the NASL Quakes. Major League Soccer's San Jose side has eclipsed its forerunners, however. San Jose hosted the league's inaugural match, a sold-out victory over DC United which saw another future Hall of Fame member, Eric Wynalda, score the first goal in league history. The team has since gone on to win two MLS Cup titles, beating their rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 in Columbus, Ohio in 2001 and crushing the Chicago Fire 4-2 in 2003 in the Galaxy's new stadium in Carson.

We believe that we have the power as a community to build a permanent home for soccer in the Bay Area. If you'd like to help, click on Join Us. If you'd like to be convinced that soccer is a worthy investment, click on Why Soccer? and we'll show you.