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As if to confirm that the long ball up the middle is no longer the go-to tactic for the club, and that the Bash Brothers are no more, the San Jose Earthquakes have traded 6’ 3” striker Alan Gordon to the LA Galaxy for allocation money.
Alan Gordon – Portrait of a U.S. striker
08/12/2014
 
Jun 28, 2014; Palo Alto, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon (16) with ball at midfield during the second half against the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

As if to confirm that the long ball up the middle is no longer the go-to tactic for the club, and that the Bash Brothers are no more, the San Jose Earthquakes have traded 6’ 3” striker Alan Gordon to the LA Galaxy for allocation money.


There is no more powerful way to simultaneously transport 50,000 people into a state of intense, throat-ripping, emotional joy than to score the winning goal in time added on. 

In the 2013 California Clasico at Stanford Stadium in front of a sold out crowd, after Shea Salinas tied the game at 2-2 in the 92nd minute, Alan Gordon rose in the 93rd minute to head home the winning goal. The whole place, including the press box, went absolutely stark staring, raving bonkers, that is, bananas!


That, right there, is the kind of goal that inspires kids the world over to one day try to do the same.

The transfer of Alan Gordon back to the LA Galaxy where he played on and off between 2004-2010 will most likely cause the same eruption of fan outrage as his transfer to the Quakes did in 2010. But let’s take a moment to just be fans of the game and to recognize an extraordinarily talented soccer player who is still valued enough by a coach of Bruce Arena’s magnitude to warrant a place in his team squad.

"We would like to thank Alan for everything he has done for this club. Alan has produced many great moments during his years with the Earthquakes. We wish him well going forward."
-JOHN DOYLE-

Upon reflection perhaps Gordon’s transfer isn’t all that surprising after all. The San Jose style of play has changed quite dramatically recently. Changes that were almost certainly instigated many months ago on the training ground and in tactical coaching staff meetings are now coming to fruition on the field.


In their last 4 regular season games San Jose have tied 2 tough games on the road, in NY and LA respectively, while scoring 6 goals and conceding just 1 goal to win the other 2 games against the Seattle Sounders and the Chicago Fire.


Alan Gordon was born in Long Beach, CA in 1981. His family moved to Arizona when he was a teenager and he played 2 years of college soccer for Yavapai College, where he scored 39 goals in 2 seasons. At Oregon State University he won All Pac-10 honors twice.


Gordon was drafted 53rd overall in the 2004 SuperDraft to the LA Galaxy but didn’t make the first team and so signed to the Portland Timbers, then in the A-League, where he scored 17 goals in 27 games and was named Rookie of the Year.


In 2007 and 2008 with the LA Galaxy Gordon played on the same Galaxy team as David Beckham, and he was instrumental in the writing of Grant Wahl’s book The Beckham ExperimentBetween 2006 and 2011 Gordon’s MLS career had seen him bouncing in trades between the Galaxy, Chivas USA, and the Vancouver Whitecaps before he was finally traded to San Jose in 2011.


In 2012 Gordon was a key player in the Quakes team that won the Supporters Shield, scoring 13 goals in 23 appearances. In 64 appearances for San Jose, Gordon totaled 18 goals and 10 assists, making him one of the top ten goal scorers in the club’s history.


San Jose fans might yet see Gordon again, but this time playing against their team, when the LA Galaxy faces San Jose on September 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium.


Recently Landon Donovan was asked what his most memorable moment of his career had been and he replied he hoped it was still to come. Regardless of who you support, fans of the game should thank Alan Gordon for those moments of intense joy and look forward to him producing more. 

 
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