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John Bostock, Cordell Cato among trialists hoping to make it on San Jose Earthquakes 2013 roster

The San Jose Earthquakes begin their 2013 regular season in two weeks. Who of the unsigned trialists and draft picks currently in preseason camp are likely to make the squad?

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With two weeks to go in preseason training, the San Jose Earthquakes roster is beginning to take form. Recent comings and goings have brought the total number of signed players to 24. Typically, the Earthquakes would carry 28 or 29 players, so competition for the last roster spots over the next 14 days will be fierce.

On Friday it was revealed that second year midfielder Jacob Hustedt had been cut from the roster. No word was given as to whether or not he was outright waived, but cutting Hustedt, who did not make a single first team appearance his rookie season, opens up another roster spot. Head coach Frank Yallop indicated on Thursday that there were players on the roster that could be cut ahead of the season opener, and Hustedt is the first casualty on that list.

Also on Thursday, Yallop suggested that the team might move the injured Mehdi Ballouchy to the Injured Reserves list, which would free up another roster spot to start the season. News that has also yet been made official is that centerback Nana Attakora looks set to join the Quakes, bumping the total number of players to 25. Removing Ballouchy from the list of active players again drops the number down to 24.

The Earthquakes will spend the next week training in Portland as they prepare for three preseason matches as part of the Portland Preseason Tournament. On Sunday, the Quakes face the Timbers at 5:00p.m. The tournament continues with matches on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. against AIK of Sweden and on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against FC Dallas. Following the tournament, the Earthquakes return to San Jose for a week of training ahead of their season opener on Sunday, March 3, against Real Salt Lake.

Presuming the Earthquakes add another 4 players to the roster prior to the start of the season, the three games in Portland will provide a good measuring stick for Yallop and general manager John Doyle to base their decisions on. John Bostock, currently on a two week training stay with the Earthquakes from Tottenham, would be a very high quality pick-up for San Jose, and could come to San Jose via loan. Much like Simon Dawkins before him, the loan would run through June, but his stay could be extended if both sides see fit. An additional factor in Bostock joining the Quakes is that he is out of contract with Spurs in June. Depending on the results of his loan performance and what other suitors the free agent may have at that time, a potential Bostock stay with San Jose could be very short. Even so, bringing the talented attacking midfielder aboard at this time would be beneficial for San Jose.

Cordell Cato is another player to watch, as the former Seattle Sounder midfielder/forward has been waived and is looking for a new team. Cato scored the decisive goal in the Sounders 1-0 victory over the Earthquakes in last year's U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. He also trained with San Jose at the tail end of the 2011 season, before signing with Seattle. The Trinidad and Tobago 20-year old speedster could be a good addition to Yallop's cadre of wide players.

Among the rookies in camp, Tommy Muller looks the most promising to get a contract offer. While he has battled some injuries, the Earthquakes first pick in the 2013 SuperDraft has impressed when able to take the field. Muller would provide cover at the centerback position in a year that might find that position to be of concern.

As of Thursday, February 14, the Earthquakes preseason roster looked as follows:

No. Player Pos.

0 ^Jesus Guzman GK

1 David Bingham GK

2 Ty Harden M

3 Dan Gargan D

4 Sam Cronin M

5 Brad Ring M

6 Shea Salinas M

7 ^Alexandre Gonzalez Emerson F

8 Chris Wondolowski F

9 Mike Fucito F

10 ^John Bostock M

11 Mehdi Ballouchy M

12 Ramiro Corrales D

13 Evan Newton GK

15 Justin Morrow D

16 Steven Lenhart F

17 Sam Garza M

18 Jon Busch GK

19 Peter McGlynn D

20 Marcus Tracy F

21 Jason Hernandez D

22 ^Sean de Silva M

24 Alan Gordon F

25 ^Tommy Muller D

26 Victor Bernardez D

27 Cesar Diaz Pizarro F

30 Rafael Baca M

32 ^Josh Suggs D

33 Steven Beitashour D

34 ^Adam Jahn F

35 ^Hunter Gorskie D

36 ^Colin Mitchell D

37 ^Abu Tommy M

43 ^Matt Fondy F

81 Marvin Chavez M

^Cordell Cato M

^Danchrisandre Delgado M

Nana Attakora D

^Indictes Guest/Rookie/Trialist