With the hiring of Mark as the Head Coach for next year and beyond, we know the Quakes picked the option to stick with the core of the team and make minor changes to improve on the season rather than changing the system and going into rebuild mode. I wanted to try to evaluate the player's performance during the 2013 Season and then determine whether I would keep them or dump them for next year (due to a combination of performance, pay, fit with the team, etc.). Long post warning... Jaime Alas He didn't play enough to perform a good evalution. Good on the ball and in tight spaces, but didn't have much speed or seemed to fit into the Quakes style. Nana He started off the season well and looked to be a great partner to Bernardez. Injury essentially ended his season. Concerns long term due to the length of his absence due to the concussion(s). Baca He turned a 2012 Baca Fan into a 2013 non-Baca Fan. He generally did his job as a holding midfielder, but was too tentative at times and didn't step at important times. Mehdi Ballouchy Injured. Bye. Beta After a poor start to the season where he seemed to take a step back (poor positioning, slow decisions on the ball, etc.), he finished the season strong. Still, his crossing was inconsistent and wasn't much of a threat in the offense as opposed to 2012. Bernardez One of the main reasons the Quakes won the Supports Shield, he made too many poor decisions and was too agreesive at the wrong times. Part of ShoeGate. Bingham Unfortunately, he didn't play enough to determine whether it's time to hand off the GK duties to him. He had a nice game against Dallas, but had some blah games earlier in US Open and CONACAF. Busch After a poor start to the season (sound familiar), he had an outstanding middle of the season and rode great defense into a Defender of the Year Award. Cato Next to Shea, he improved the most suring the season, especially defensively. He still struggled with shooting and ball on his left foot. Chavez Biggest disappointment of the season. He started off injuried and seemed to have lost a step. While he had a couple of highlight reel goals, he didn't do much in between. Corrales He should have retired last year. Cronin Hard to criticize our MVP of the season, but he started off well, but was pushing too much. Seemed to be often over matched compared to the other team. Can't create on the dribble. Slow on decisions. Too many long balls. Fucito We needed him at the beginning of the season and he didn't produce (see Garza). Gargan Let's see. He dresses nicely. That's all I got. Garza Not ready for the MLS. He looked like a young dog pissing on himself most of the time with excitement. Gordan Between ShoeGate and GayGate, he had the game against LA. Otherwise, he came back too early from injuries (got to love the effort). We scored less goals than every team except for Chivas, Toronto, and DC. Goodson It's no surprise that the defense started playing well when he arrived. Actually, I was hoping to see a little more on the offensive end. Harden Nice start of the season playing out of position. Looked to be a solid backup in central defense. Hernandez Ended the season playing better, but he still was Jason. He can't pass, can't cover fast players, and is average at best in the air. Jahn Great start for the season. Got lost in the numbers game. Biggest question is whether his pillow feet and passing offset his lack of speed. Good work rate. Lenhart Disappointing season. Lost focus too many times. Slow with the ball at his feet makes it difficult for him to be a target man. Martinez Sucks. Next Morrow Wow. Bad, bad season. Positioning. decisions, ball control, dribbling. All poor. Muller Who? Newton Fig? Salinas My MVP for the season. With out him creating, this team would have been really bad. Much inproved with his corners. Stewart Just a solid professionial who filled a huge hole in the team. Good vision, positioning. Tracy We saw him once or twice and then... Wondo Compared to the last three season, it was poor. Otherwise, it was decent season for a player who has raised the bar high. For the 2014 Season, I would categorize the players as follows: Starters Beta Busch Bernardez Goodson Lenhart Salinas Stewart Wondo Note: I want upgrades to Cato, Baca, and Cronin. Bench Nana Baca Cato Cronin Harden Jahn Morrow Muller Tracy All about the money Bingham Gordan Gone - Bye! Jaime Alas - I don't think his style fits with the Quakes. Mehdi Ballouchy - Too little value at the cost. Add the injuries and it's time to move on. Chavez - 2012 Marvin. Yes! 2013 Marvin. Hell, no. Still, if he still under contract, there is a lot of upside. Corralles - Retired. Fucito - Did a lot things decently, but the most important is finishing. Not so good. Gargan - Got be better backup defenders. Garza - He is not MLS calibar at the moment. Hernandez - Please. Nana and Harden are good backups, assuming they will be healthy. Martinez - Back to China. Newton - 3rd String. Try another. Tracy - Had a season to make a mark.