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  1. staudio

    staudio Member+

    Mar 7, 2008
    Marin
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    from the Mls website.....gave a run down of each MLS team post MLS is back tournament...here's what they say about the Quakes...
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    San Jose Earthquakes
    The San Jose Earthquakes were one of the pleasant surprises of MLS is Back, capturing the attention with their swashbuckling style and that dramatic comeback against Vancouver. They were ultimately undone by a superior Minnesota side, but that hasn’t put a damper on the positivity coming out of the South Bay heading into the remainder of the regular season.

    Where things stand: They have eight points through five games, putting them comfortably in a playoff spot and just behind the reigning champion Seattle Sounders on goal differential.

    Biggest question: Setting aside the popular discussion topic of the long-term viability of head coach Matias Almeyda’s man-marking system, the performances of goalkeeper Daniel Vega in Orlando will certainly come under scrutiny when looking back at several of the goals San Jose conceded. Vega very much seems to be one of Almeyda’s guys (he was one of the few new signings under the new coach and they have a history together at River Plate), but one of the biggest needs for the Quakes to become a true playoff-caliber team is quite clearly in goal.

    Most important player: We saw in 2019 that Cristian Espinoza was a fine chance creator, and the MLS is Back Tournament showed that yes, he does have the goalscoring touch as well. If he keeps up the kind of production he showed over those few weeks in July, that will go a long way for the Quakes’ 2020 chances.

    Projected XI (4-2-3-1, left to right): Vega — Lima, Alanis, Kashia, Thompson — Yueill, Judson — Vako, Eriksson, Espinoza — Rios

    Playoff prospects: Looking pretty good right now. This team is hard to predict, but with the right signing or two and at least one strong run of form like they showed last summer, they should make it to the playoffs comfortably in a shorter-than-normal season.
     
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  2. jeff_adams

    jeff_adams Member+

    Dec 16, 1999
    Monterey, Ca
    Signing or two? Who is getting a work visa with Trump in office?
     
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  3. tvromero

    tvromero Member

    Jun 2, 2018
    As proven already, a new signing cannot fit into the system overnight unless it is a GK.
     
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  4. markmcf8

    markmcf8 Member+

    Oct 18, 1999
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As proven already, our cheapskate owner doesn’t give a crap, so we won’t be signing anyone new.
     
  5. xbhaskarx

    xbhaskarx Member+

    Feb 13, 2010
    NorCal
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  6. jeff_adams

    jeff_adams Member+

    Dec 16, 1999
    Monterey, Ca
    We are finally getting to see TT in the middle of the field, so I hope Almeyda is open to experimenting some more. How about giving Marcos Lopez a chance to attack on the left wing? Or inverting him and Espinoza? He was a successful attacker in Peru.

     
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  7. markmcf8

    markmcf8 Member+

    Oct 18, 1999
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I know that Almeyda is a great coach. However, we don’t have speed or skill to play his man marking all over the field, and other teams are taking advantage of our system, using it to pull our guys out of position.

    Having your outside defenders get into the attack is great in theory, but if your center backs are slow, you’re just opening yourself up to counter attacks. We ought to play with three stay at home defenders, so that if one of the outside backs goes forward, the other one stays back to guard against the counter.

    We get dominated in the midfield too often, so I like the five midfielders. But, our forwards are crap, so we need at least two of them. We could play a 4-3-3 or even a 3-4-3, or, we could play a 5-3-2, which sort of what we did against the cheating filth.

    But we need two forwards, and Wondo is too slow to be a starter, so ... let’s get some more forwards. The transfer window is open. Let’s get two or three youngsters from Central or South America in as trial it’s and see if we can find at least one good one. And Hoesen being injured is no excuse for us to be short on forwards. We should carry at least four forwards, five if one of them is old, or another is really young, or if one or two of them suck.

    Strikers are streaky. We should have several in the stable. But we’ve got Wondo, Hoesen, Cade, and Rios? Is Rios really a striker? Looks like a midfielder to me. Sure, there are other guys we can play at forward, but dedicated, killer forwards is what we need. And we don’t have them, excepting Wondo, and he’s clearly slowing down.

    Go Quakes!!

    - Mark
     

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