The San Jose Earthquakes are holding their latest preseason scrimmage on Tuesday, as they host USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC at Earthquakes Stadium. It’s a closed-door event so we’re at the mercy of the teams to reveal details, it seems.
Here’s some of the top news for Tuesday:
- Fioranelli: Trade market is “stale”: Found this post walking through the new CBA and talking to Quakes GM Jesse Fioranelli from Quakes Epicenter’s Colin Etnire to be an interesting read. It’s a deep dive, but Fioranelli effectively writing off the MLS trade market (to date) was quite interesting. He’s right that the number of trades has gone down, it feels like, over the years, but plenty of other teams still make player trades each season, including Nashville SC picking up MLS Best XI defender Walker Zimmerman just last week in a trade.
- Former Quakes academy player signs pro deal: San Jose’s goalkeeper pipeline has been stocked in recent years, and that’s probably why former Quakes academy player Remi Prieur signed his first pro deal this week with Sporting Kansas City II. Prieur played his college soccer at St. Mary’s and was drafted by Columbus Crew SC in January, although he didn’t get a contract offer from the MLS side.
- Quakes at eMLS Series 2: The second event of the 2020 eMLS series was this weekend in Portland, and San Jose’s representative, Alan “CaliSCG” Ortega finished out of the knockouts. He’s currently in 21st place in the season rankings, meaning he’ll have to compete in the “Last Chance” tournament for the final spot for the 2020 eMLS Cup event, in Austin next month.
Today’s question: Do you agree with Fioranelli that there’s not a lot of value to pick up around MLS in the trade market? Do you think he’s missing out on a way to bolster the squad? Let’s chat in the comments below!