The 2011 MLS Cup might as well double as a San Jose Earthquakes reunion. The connection between the Quakes and the Houston Dynamo is obvious. After all, the Earthquakes moved from San Jose to Houston, giving MLS the Dynamo. Now that Dynamo team is in MLS Cup with Dominic Kinnear as head coach and Brian Ching at forward, the same roles they had back when the team was still in San Jose.
Meanwhile, Landon Donovan and Todd Dunivant, were members of the old Quakes before they moved to Houston and teamed with Kinnear and Ching to bring two MLS Cup titles to San Jose. Now they're standouts for the Los Angeles Galaxy, who will take on the Dynamo in this year's MLS Cup.
Don't think the fans in San Jose don't realize all of their former players in MLS Cup this year either. Sure, San Jose got an expansion team after and got to revive the Earthquakes name, but their team was still in Houston. That team in Houston won two MLS Cup titles and Quakes fans have always looked at the Dynamo as the team that got away and the team that should be theirs. At the same time, the Galaxy are the Quakes' biggest rivals.
Neither the Galaxy nor the Dynamo are among the most beloved teams in the league, but they're the two most hated teams in San Jose. Good luck to those in the Bay Area trying not to pull their hair out or break things while watching the final.