San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Jackson Yueill has been missing from preseason so far, but for a decent reason, as he was involved in the annual January training camp with the U.S. Men’s National Team. That camp wrapped up on Saturday with a friendly against Costa Rica in Southern California, the USMNT coming out 1-0 winners courtesy of a Ulysses Llanez penalty on his debut.
Yueill had played his way into a prominent role for Gregg Berhalter’s team in 2019 and that looks set to continue, as he started and played the full 90 for the home side. The game itself was a bit slow-tempo but it’s a start, and now Yueill will get to run in the sand up hills in Cancun like the rest of his teammates.
More news for your Monday:
- Lopez also joins camp: Marcos Lopez’s stint with Peru at South American Olympic qualifying is over, as the defender also joined up with the Earthquakes this week after Peru finished group play in last place with a 2-1 loss to Bolivia on Friday, the loss clinching Peru’s exit from the tournament. Lopez did start and play the full 90 in that game, and he’s likely a bit ahead of his teammates in terms of game fitness at this stage.
- Friendly against Columbus: The Quakes are scheduled to take on Columbus Crew SC today in Cancun, although info from this one may be hard to gather. Also, Columbus canceled another scrimmage over the weekend against Orlando City in Cancun, which led to this entertaining/bizarre exchange:
Pre-season schedule update from Cancun: due to recent inclement weather & related field conditions at Orlando City SC’s scheduled game field, today’s scrimmage against Orlando City was cancelled.— Columbus Crew SC (@ColumbusCrewSC) February 1, 2020
Columbus didn't think the field or weather was good enough. Oh, and the 20 minute drive was too far.— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) February 1, 2020
It's alright. We'll just play against ourselves. pic.twitter.com/G4EdmYfBjV
- Best left back in MLS history? Several former Quakes are included in this list, on MLSsoccer.com.
Today’s question: Which San Jose left back do you regard as the best ever? Let’s chat about that or whatever else strikes your fancy in the comments below!