Quakes affiliate Reno 1868 have announced the signing of 19-year-old Mexican center back Benjamin Galindo Jr., on loan from Chivas. Galindo, whose father is an assistant coach in San Jose, has been heavily linked with Quakes. It can be presumed that this is an attempt to get him within the broader Quakes organization, without having him take up an international spot in the first team roster.
PIONEROS ANNOUNCE FRIENDLY WITH SAN JOSE
San Jose will take on Mexican third division side Pioneros in a friendly Friday. The match will kick off at 3:00 PM Pacific Time. No information on streaming has been posted by either club.
With just over a month until the 2019 MLS season begins, here are the top games to watch for the San Jose Earthquakes, courtesy of @quakes_fanpage:
Official: According to according to my reliable source coming out of Mexico, Benjamin Galindo Cruz or Galindo Jr from Chivas Guadalajara is set to join SJ Earthquakes for the upcoming 2019 season. My sources who lives in Mexico, has confirmed the deal. The 19-year-old defender played under current SJ Earthquakes manager Matías Almeyda in the past already. The announcement will most likely be later today. I reported this transfer over a month ago, now it’s official.
Official: SJ Earthquakes have officially signed Peruvian defender/midfielder Marcos López. The 19-year-old Peruvian has been reported that he will be playing for SJ Earthquakes as a defender.
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Official: San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Argentine forward Cristian Espinoza on a season-long loan from Spain’s Villarreal using Targeted Allocation Money. Espinoza will occupy an international spot on the Quakes’ roster, pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC. The 23-year-old has previously played for Huracán, Alavés, Valladolid, and Boca Juniors.
Report: According to multiple reports coming out of Mexico, Benjamin Galindo Cruz from Chicas Guadalajara is set to join SJ Earthquakes for the upcoming 2019 season. So i personally asked one of my sources who lives in Mexico, he has confirmed the deal as well. The 19-year-old defender played under current SJ Earthquakes manager Matías Almeyda.
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Brazilian defensive midfielder Judson Silva Tavares on a season-long loan, using Targeted Allocation Money, with an option to buy from Tombense. Known simply as Judson, he will occupy an international roster spot on the Quakes’ roster, pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC.
Rumor: According to multiple reports, Brazilian midfielder Judson has been rumored to potentially join SJ Earthquakes next season. The 25-year-old has spent his entire career to date in his native country playing for a series of clubs. Most recently at Avai, the Globo report indicates that the deal with the Quakes would be a loan for a year, as Judson is under contract at Tombense. At Avai, he played heavy minutes across all competitions while helping the side earn promotion to Serie A for 2019, after being relegated the year before.
The off-season has officially started for the San Jose Earthquakes. On October 29th the Earthquakes kicked off the postseason by releasing the team's roster moves. After a bleak 2018 season, with the appointment of the legendary former Chivas manager, Mathias Almeyda, the Earthquakes looked poised to splash some cash in preparation for 2019.
The Earthquakes have decided to exercise options on five players. They will exercise options for goalkeeper Matt Bersano and Defenders: Paul Marie, Kevin Partida, Harold Cummings and Jimmy Ockford.
Although exercising options on players like Marie and Cummings make sense, the other Defenders don't make much sense. The Earthquakes already have the likes of Florian Jungwirth, Harold Cummings and Guram Kashia fighting for center back spots and having the likes of Francois Affolter to back them up and Shea Salinas and Joel Qwiberg on the left simply doesn’t leave space for CB Ockford or Partida on the left. This assessment doesn't even account for the possibility of a new center back and the extremely high likelihood of the Quakes pulling in a new left back.
NOT EXERCISING OPTION:
The Earthquakes have decided not to extend options to five players. They will allow defender Yefferson Quintana to return back to his home club Penarol in Uruguay after his year long loan expires. Midfielders Chris Wehan and fan favorite Jahmir Hyka also appear to be leaving San Jose. Hyka remained an important cog in the dysfunctional Earthquakes last season contributing three goals in 19 games, while coming off the bench for many of those games.
Wehan, who joined the Quakes after a successful season with affiliate Reno 1868 struggled to find playtime, at points leaving his natural attacking midfield position and playing left back.
NOT UNDER CONTRACT:
The only player not under contract for next season is Dominic Oduro. The pacey winger arrived midseason from Montreal in a trade for Quincy Amerikwa. Oduro never seemed to hit stride with San Jose.
POSITIONS TO FILL:
The Earthquake's most glaring hole is left back where they've stuck wide midfielder, Shea Salinas for the last two seasons. To fill this gap, they need a player who has the quality to start every game. The Quakes have recently been linked with Colorado left back Edgar Castillo. Although Castillo is 30 years old, his experience in MLS could truly help develop younger left-backs like Kevin Partida.
Another position to fill would be an experienced goalkeeper. Although, many fans would like to see homegrown 21 year old JT Marcinkowski starting between the posts, I think it is important to first provide him with the mentoring that a young player like Josh Tarbell couldn’t provide. A player like Brad Knighton could fill this position, possibly starting in the beginning of the season, then making way for Marcinkowski.
The Quakes should also sign a speedy winger and a new center defensive midfielder. The move for a winger seems inevitable, as we have been linked with players such as the Argentine, Joaquin Torres and Mexican nationals: Isaac Brizuela and Alex Zendejas. Ideally, the Quakes would sign one of these wingers and trade the lethargic Anibal Godoy for another stronger defensive mid.