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NEWS: Earthquakes announce roster moves ahead of 2022 MLS Season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes today announced their roster moves ahead of the 2022 MLS season.

The following 10 players hold guaranteed contracts for the 2022 season: goalkeeper Emi Ochoa, defenders Nathan, Tommy Thompson and Casey Walls, midfielders George Asomani, Cristian Espinoza, Gilbert Fuentes and Jackson Yueill, and forwards Cade Cowell and Jeremy Ebobisse.

The club has exercised 2022 contract options on nine players: goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, defenders Tanner Beason and Marcos Lopez, midfielders Siad Haji, Judson, Eric Remedi, Shea Salinas and Jack Skahan, and forward Benji Kikanovic. Additionally, the Quakes have extended the loan for midfielder Chofis from Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara through June 2022.

The Earthquakes will not exercise 2022 contract options on seven players: defenders Luciano Abecasis, Jacob Akanyirige and Paul Marie, midfielders Eric Calvillo and Carlos Fierro, and forwards Andy Rios and Thomas Williamson.

The following three players are out of contract following the 2021 season: goalkeepers Matt Bersano and Daniel Vega, and forward Chris Wondolowski. Wondolowski previously announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Defender Oswaldo Alanis completed his two-year loan with San Jose and will return to Chivas de Guadalajara.

For select players who are either out of contract or had their options declined, conversations about returning to the Earthquakes in 2022 are still ongoing.

“I’m privileged to have worked with such an incredible group of guys in 2021,” said Earthquakes General Manager Chris Leitch. “Unfortunately, we missed our goal of reaching the postseason and have to make the tough decisions in order to have this team poised for a playoff run in 2022. I want to say thank you to all of our departing players and wish them the best of luck in their respective careers.”

The San Jose Earthquakes current roster heading into 2022, listed alphabetically by position, is below:

Goalkeepers (2): JT Marcinkowski (HG), Emi Ochoa (HG)

Defenders (5): Tanner Beason, Marcos Lopez, Nathan, Tommy Thompson (HG), Casey Walls (HG)

Midfielders (10): George Asomani, Chofis, Cristian Espinoza, Gilbert Fuentes (HG), Siad Haji, Judson, Eric Remedi, Shea Salinas, Jack Skahan, Jackson Yueill

Forwards (3): Cade Cowell (HG), Jeremy Ebobisse, Benji Kikanovic

Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – The Earthquakes will exercise 2022 contract options on GK JT Marcinkowski, D Tanner Beason, D Marcos Lopez, M Siad Haji, M Judson, M Eric Remedi, M Jack Skahan, M Shea Salinas, and F Benji Kikanovic. The Earthquakes will not exercise 2022 contract options on D Luciano Abecasis, D Jacob Akanyirige, D Paul Marie, M Eric Calvillo, M Carlos Fierro, F Andy Rios, and F Thomas Williamson.





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Jordy Delem joins USL’s San Antonio FC

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Jordy Delem has signed with San Antonio FC of the USL Championship, the team announced on Thursday. Delem has been training with the Seattle Sounders for most of the year while recovering from a torn ACL he suffered early in 2021.

There had been some hope that he might rejoin the Sounders once he regained full fitness, but even after João Paulo’s injury the indications from the team were that they were satisfied with their existing depth. Beyond that, there was a distinct sense that the Sounders did not view the 29-year-old Delem as enough of an upgrade to justify giving him minutes over developing players like Josh Atencio, Danny Leyva and AB Cissoko.

While the USL Championship is a step down in terms of competition, San Antonio seems like a good spot for Delem. The club is currently tied for the lead in the Western Conference and is much more focused on winning than on developing young players. There’s also at least one familiar face in San Antonio in former Sounders forward Justin Dhillon. The Sounders have also sent several players to San Antonio on loan over the years.



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Grindy win was just what Sounders needed

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Aside from one particularly attractive attacking sequence, there weren’t a whole lot of memorable or even particularly notable moments from the Seattle Sounders’ 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday. Well, aside from the fact that the Sounders won a midweek road game on short rest and got their first shutout of the MLS campaign, anyway.

But let’s focus on those big-picture takeaways first.

More than anything, this win was a bit of a stress test for the Sounders and it sure looks like they passed. It’s been well established by now that the Sounders spent most of the first two months of the season setting themselves up for what turned out to be a successful run at becoming the first MLS team to win Concacaf Champions League.

One of the main ways that manifested itself is in how Brian Schmetzer chose to rotate his lineups. This was the Sounders’ 11th match to be played on less than five days’ rest this season. In most of those, especially those that came on the road, Schmetzer has chosen to rotate at least part of his lineup. Against the Dynamo, however, he effectively ran back the same group that had beaten Minnesota United on the weekend.

“That group of players actually earned the right to play,” Schmetzer explained. “For that group to kick the rust off, they needed to go back out there again and show what they can do. That was the reason for keeping basically the same starting lineup.”

Perhaps the most notable player in that group was Jordan Morris, who the Sounders have been especially careful with due to his “sprinter” characteristics. But after looking at Morris’ physical metrics, Schmetzer opted to give him a shot.

Morris, like several of his teammates, definitely looked to be feeling the strain at points. There were a couple runs later in that match where it looked like he simply ran out of gas, and he was ultimately pulled in the 77th minute. But he also rewarded Schmetzer’s faith, playing the penultimate pass that led to Raúl Ruidíaz’s goal.

The whole goal sequence as a whole was easily the match’s highlight. It started with Xavier Arreaga jumping a passing lane in Houston’s end to create the turnover and featured 22 consecutive connected passes — nine of which were nominally attacking in nature and all but two of which were in the attacking half — with every outfield player getting at least one touch. The final part of the play saw Nicolas Lodeiro clip a ball to Morris, who then whipped a cross through the box to Alex Roldan on the opposite wing. Roldan then one-touched his pass back to Ruidíaz in front of goal, where he blasted it through a defender.

Although the Sounders never put together a sequence nearly that aesthetically pleasing in the match, it was a good reminder of just how good this team can be when they have something like their ideal XI on the pitch together.

More broadly, the performance was exactly what the Sounders needed to show they were capable of, grindy and sloppy as it seemed at times. Not only did the Sounders generate slightly better chances by Expected Goals (1.3-1.2), they also won all the effort metrics like tackles, duels, blocks and interceptions.

After a slow start to league play, the Sounders now find themselves just two points out of a playoff spot with at least two games in hand on virtually the entire league. The Sounders can potentially jump into a playoff spot if they beat the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

“We sang Jingle Bells and we had a clean sheet,” Schmetzer said in the postgame press conference, striking a slightly different tune than he had in his on-field interview at halftime. “No one is going to care in September or October how or why we won the game.

“That is a happy locker room. I’m a happy coach. There are happy assistant coaches and I think the whole club should be pleased with the result. It’s a six-point swing against someone who was ahead of us, it puts us in great shape to end the week on a high. I’m not frustrated at all.”



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Team of the Week presented by Audi: Austin FC dominate lineup in Week 12

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Team of the Week (3-4-3, left to right): Brad Stuver (ATX) – Alexander Callens (NYC), Damion Lowe (MIA), Ruben Gabrielsen (ATX) – Xherdan Shaqiri (CHI), Jamiro Monteiro (SJ), Hany Mukhtar (NSH), Sebastian Driussi (ATX) – Lucas Cavallini (VAN), Raul Ruidiaz (SEA), Daniel Salloi (SKC)

Bench: Drake Callender (MIA), Yeimar Gomez Andrade (SEA), Alex Muyl (NSH), Alfredo Morales (NYC), Jackson Yueill (SJ), Emanuel Reynoso (MIN), Omir Fernandez (RBNY)





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