As we reported earlier at Center Line Soccer, second year forward Quincy Amarikwa was absent from the Earthquakes friendly with Santa Clara University last night. He was also missing from the team's training session this morning. While a team spokesperson was unable to confirm his status with the team, Amarikwa himself posted on his private Facebook page that he has been traded to the Colorado Rapids.Speculation as to who would be the odd player out on the 24-man roster has been rampant since the Earthquakes revealed their interest in bringing back Scott Sealy to the team he left at the conclusion of the 2008 season. Along with Arturo Alvarez, Darren Huckerby, and Francisco Lima, Sealy was an important member of that summer's signings who injected new life into the struggling club. After their arrival, the Quakes made a strong run toward a playoff position, before tailing off in the last few weeks.
Sealy had 3 goals and 3 assists in 14 starts for the Earthquakes in 2008 after arriving via trade from the Kansas City Wizards. His departure to play in Israel in the off-season was often mentioned as a blow to the team ahead of the 2009 campaign by those with the team. The Trinidad and Tobago native will now compete for playing time with the Quakes regulars Ryan Johnson, Cornell Glen, and Eduardo.
I think this is a good move for the team. Amarikwa may still be developing as a player, but he seems to bring energy into the games and not results. The U.C. Davis product was finding playing time as a late game substitution, but had tallied just one score in his 1+ years with the team. He did capture a rare MLS double last season - most fouls suffered per minute and most fouls committed per minute - which was testament to his hustle; however, it did not appear that his on-field enthusiasm was effective in changing the fortunes of the team. Perhaps a change of scenery to Colorado will help Amarikwa develop further.
(The trade is now official. The Quakes received a second-round draft pick in 2012 for Amarikwa. — Editor)