Where was the money in San Jose before Earthquakes moved? By Robert Wagman SoccerTimes ( http://www.soccertimes.com/wagman/2005/dec20.htm ) December 20, 2005 Excerpts: Since Major League Soccer and the Anschutz Entertainment Group announced last week that the San Jose Earthquakes would be relocated to Houston, following a fruitless three-year search for a new home in the Bay Area, suddenly, groups, left and right, have come forward to say they are willing to throw big money behind bringing an MLS expansion team to the area by 2007. This is nonsense! If this money was really available, the Earthquakes would never have moved. Now, with the former Earthquakes in Houston, San Jose city officials have announced a willingness to offer up to $80 million to attract another MLS franchise. According to the proposal, about $30 million would be spent to acquire land for a soccer-specific stadium, some $36 million would go toward a share of the stadium construction cost and another $14 million would be made available for operating subsidies while the stadium was under construction. "We looked at it and felt the future of soccer looked positive and bright, and worthy of the City Council taking a look at it and deciding whether they want to support this level of investment,'' said Paul Krutko, the city's director of economic development. That, of course, is the catch. The City Council has not approved the deal. It is probably not likely it will, either, because there is another slight catch. No one has any idea where the money might be coming from... Bottom line -- the San Jose deal isn't going to happen and MLS knows it. By the way, the Major League Baseball's Oakland A's have added a bit of comedy relief to the whole picture by putting out a news release saying they would just love to own an MLS expansion team. This, of course, was a bit of news to MLS. The catch -- while San Jose was building a new venue for this expansion MLS club, why not throw in another $800 million or so and build a stadium for the A's so they can get the heck out of Oakland. Lewis Wolff is the managing partner of the A's ownership group, which includes billionaire investor John Fisher, that purchased the team on April 1. Major League Baseball has long ruled that the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights to San Jose. Possibly, as part of a pact to bring soccer back to San Jose and the Bay Area, a little end run could be made around this rule to bring a baseball team with it.