The Earthquakes are exploring three Bay Area college football stadiums as potential sites to play host to the MLS Cup should the soccer club reach the title match Dec. 1.

They are Spartan Stadium, Stanford Stadium and Buck Shaw Stadium.

"With those options we're going to find a suitable location for the game if we're fortunate enough to host it," Quakes president David Kaval said Thursday.

Major League Soccer changed the format this year so the highest-seeded team could hold the final in order to generate hometown interest. In previous years the final was at a neutral site.

Coach Frank Yallop has voiced a preference to play at 10,500-seat Buck Shaw, where the Quakes are 10-0-5 this season. But the stadium at Santa Clara University doesn't have luxury boxes or adequate facilities to accommodate MLS sponsors and national media. It also would be need additional seating.

San Jose State's Spartan Stadium has a capacity of 30,000 but lacks a grass field -- a deal breaker for the Quakes. Kaval said the team is working with Soccer United Marketing, the league's group that puts on big games, to solve the problem.

The Quakes have played games at Stanford Stadium the past two summers. But the Cardinal football team could possibly play host to the Pac-12 title game Nov. 30, and the 50,000-seat stadium wouldn't be able to hold major events on consecutive days for all sorts of logistical reasons.


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  • The Quakes signed MLS All-Star defender Justin Morrow to a new contract. "Justin is part of a great young nucleus that we have in San Jose right now, and we want to keep that group together," general manager John Doyle said in a statement.

  • Forward Chris Wondolowski was named MLS player of the month for a league-record third time this season. He had four goals and two assists in September as the Quakes went 3-0-2.

    Colleges

    Zach Batteer scored a goal in each half, leading the Stanford men's soccer team (5-5, 2-1 Pac-12) to a 2-0 win over visiting Cal (6-4-1, 1-2). Cardinal goalie Drew Hutchins made seven saves for the shutout.

  • After being selected as the first Santa Clara player to compete in the main draw at the ITA Men's All-American Championship, No. 40 John Lamble (Saratoga High) lost 6-2, 6-1 to Georgia's KU Singh, the nation's No. 10 player, in Tulsa, Okla. Stanford's John Morrissey beat Denver's Enej Bonin 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, then lost to Singh 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.

  • Stanford's Krista Hardebeck upset Alabama's Mary Anne Macfarlane 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the ITA Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades. Also, Santa Clara's Katie Le lost to Virginia's Julia Elbaba 6-4, 6-0.

  • Mary Alice O'Reilly had 12 kills and no hitting errors, leading the San Jose State volleyball team (8-9, 4-3 WAC) to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 victory over visiting Denver.

  • Megan Anders had 13 kills, and the Santa Clara volleyball team (13-5, 3-1 WCC) rallied to a 23-25, 25-23, 25-12, 25-15 win over host Portland (6-13, 0-5).

    Wire services contributed to this report.