San Jose won the Supporters’ Shield in 2012 in style, scoring a commanding 72 goals and generating a +29 goal differential.  After grabbing a 1-0 lead away, a slip-up against Los Angeles in the return leg of the playoffs tainted an otherwise stellar season.

In hindsight, the 2012 season was an aberration.  The following four season recaps range from “Average” to “This Season Never Happened”.  Worst of all was a dire 2014, when San Jose finished last in the West with a mere 0.88 points per game, its lowest total since rejoining MLS in 2008.  The highlight of the season was a noble shoot-out loss to Toluca in the CONCACAF Champions League with an injury-plagued team.

Amidst such carnage, fans look for optimism wherever they can find it.  One source emerged from the signing of Tommy Thompson, San Jose’s first (and only) homegrown player.   Continue reading “The Ballad of Tommy Thompson, MLS Homegrown Attacker”