Adam Jahn was not a big part of the San Jose Earthquakes 2014 season. In fact, the then second-year forward from Stanford University spent more time with USL PRO affiliate Sacramento Republic FC then he did with the Quakes. But looking back at that time spent in the state's capital, it was well worth it.
Jahn scored both goals for the Quakes in their first preseason game against an MLS opponent, netting once on either side of halftime in a 3-2 loss to the Houston Dynamo. The third-year pro benefited from the consistent playing time he earned in Sacramento, and his efforts were instrumental in leading the first-year franchise to the USL PRO championship. His finishing against the Dynamo was pure class.
Goal number one came as speedster Shea Salinas created room on the left flank and drove the ball to the byline. Jahn darted to the near post, motioning to Salinas the entire time to put the ball at his feet, and when the ball arrived, he deftly redirected past Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric.
Goal number two was equally impressive, both in the finish and in Jahn's ability to get behind the Houston defense on a well-weighted pass from Tommy Thompson. No one would list "speed" as an attribute for Jahn, but there was the lanky target forward outrunning his marker and entering the penalty area uncontested. With time to look up at the target, Jahn coolly slotted the ball inside the near post to cut Houston's lead to 3-2. Jahn was substituted out of the game minutes later, before he was able to complete the Quakes comeback.
Will Jahn be more of a fixture with San Jose in 2015, or will he again spend the majority of his minutes on loan to the Republic? The recent signing of Innocent Emeghara calls into question the need for the tall forward, as does the re-signing of Steven Lenhart earlier in the preseason; however, Jahn should expect to be ready to go for the Quakes this season, certainly at times a member of the match-day 18.