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.

The facilities 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. Currently, the Quakes are the top seed. In previous years the final was held at a neutral site.

  • The Quakes signed 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 (De La Salle High) was named MLS player of the month for September, the fifth time he's won the award in his career and a league-record third time this season. The award is given by North American Soccer Reporters. Wondolowski had four goals and two assists in a month.

    Colleges

    The Cal men's soccer team (6-4-1, 1-2 Pac-12) created a multitude of chances but fell 2-0 at Stanford (5-5, 2-1). Zach Battteer had both goals for the Cardinal.


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  • Saint Mary's baseball coach Jedd Soto hired Tony Dress as a volunteer assistant. Dress, a Concord native, was head coach at Los Medanos College from 2004-06 and San Francisco State from 2007-09.

    Wire services contributed to this report.