San Jose Earthquakes – MLS Team Preview 2019

San Jose Earthquakes - MLS Team Preview 2019

San Jose Earthquakes - MLS Team Preview 2019

As one of the first 10 teams that appeared in the MLS, San Jose Earthquakes (formerly known as San Jose Clash) have achieved a fair amount of titles in the course of their history. The Quakes have won 2 MLS Cup titles in 2001 and 2003, two Supporters’ Shields in 2005 and 2012 and got to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League in 2002. Despite some great achievements in their history, San Jose have not been good for a while. In the last season, they finished 12th in the west and 23rd overall. With only 4 wins in the course of 34 games, San Jose were deservingly the worst team in the league. On the bright side, there is only 1 way they can go in the 2019 season and that is up.

 

Head Coach: Matías Almeyda

After a disastrous last season, the team fired Mikael Stahre as their head coach and replaced him with Matías Almeyda. Almeyda, former professional Argentinian defender has had a long career, playing for teams like Sevilla, Lazio, Parma, Inter and others. Since his retirement in 2011, Matías Almeyda coached 3 teams; River Plate, Banfield and Guadalajara, until he got signed as the head coach of San Jose on October 8th 2018. As the head coach, he has achieved numerous titles with the clubs he guided. With River Plate, he won the Primera B Nacional in 2011/12. Only 2 years later he managed to do the same with Banfield. With Guadalajara, Matías Almeyda won Liga MX: Clasura in 2017, two Copa MX titles, Supercopa MX title in 2016 and CONCACAF Champions League title in 2018. Due to his excellent performances as a head coach, he was awarded Clasura 2017 best Coach award as well as CONCACAF Men’s Football Coach of the Year in 2018.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
January 11, 2019 Siad Haji VCU RamsSan Jose EarthquakesSuperDraft
January 18, 2019 Daniel Vega Tampa Bay RowdiesSan Jose EarthquakesFree
January 23, 2019 Cade Cowell San Jose Earthquakes AcademySan Jose EarthquakesHomegrown player
November 29, 2018 Kevin Partida Reno 1868San Jose EarthquakesTransfer
January 2, 2019 Cristian Espinoza VillarrealSan Jose EarthquakesLoan
January 6, 2019 Marcos López Sporting CristalSan Jose EarthquakesTransfer
December 20, 2018 Judson TombenseSan Jose EarthquakesLoan
January 31, 2019 Jahmir HykaSan Jose Earthquakes Maccabi NetanyaFree
February 15, 2019 Dominic OduroSan Jose Earthquakes Charlotte IndependenceFree
January 20, 2019 Mohamed ThiawSan Jose Earthquakes Miami FCFree
February 14, 2019 Chris WehanSan Jose Earthquakes New Mexico UnitedFree
January 17, 2019 Danny MusovskiSan Jose Earthquakes Reno 1868Transfer

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

Considered as one of the bottom 3 teams when it comes to chances to win the MLS Cup. I guess that’s what you get if you finish as the last team previous season. Not only that, but San Jose have only managed to climb to the playoffs once since 2012. It’s hard to pinpoint where San Jose will finish, with their biggest signing being the new coach. While I don’t believe they will get to finish among the top 7 in their conference, at least they do not look as bad as they did last season.