I found this graphic on Twitter on Tuesday from Eliot McKinley that was pretty, pretty interesting. The San Jose Earthquakes lead MLS in...
For the 2020 season, San Jose, NYCFC, and Toronto lead the way, returning players accounting for 90% of minutes played. Chicago is only returning 51%. https://t.co/IzwiUd6LYI pic.twitter.com/toN4nYpJx1— Eliot McKinley (@etmckinley) February 4, 2020
...minutes played from 2019 returning to the 2020 roster. Last year, they were at basically at the same point in terms of squad continuity, too, over 90% of played minutes returning.
Much has been made of the dual talking points for the Quakes: Lack of general movement in bolstering the roster since Matias Almeyda took over, partially hamstringing the Argentine in truly making the team a contender, versus Almeyda’s unusual tactical system requiring plenty of time for players to really understand the rigors and therefore an intact squad will get more results in year two. Time will tell, but an interesting data point ahead of the season.
Here’s more news for your Wednesday:
- Kit reveal coming Wednesday evening: The official drop is taking place in New York Wednesday evening as part of a coordinated league event at Fashion Week. However, there’s no reason to believe at this point the kit won’t be the one leaked last week. Much was made that the kit happens to be LA Galaxy colors, whoops! But we’ll get official confirmation very soon.
- Academy interview: Over on the team website, there’s an interesting interview with boy’s U-12 academy coach Mark Christie. If youth soccer is rather foreign to you, here’s an interesting entree point.
- Alfaro joins Reno 1868: In relevant USL news, Earthquakes affiliate Reno 1868 FC, have signed central defender Tony Alfaro. Alfaro joins from Chivas de Guadalajara and previously got some playing time in MLS with the Seattle Sounders, so he could possibly be a depth option if there’s a crisis or if he plays spectacularly down the line for the Quakes.
- Gio Reyna golazo: The 17-year-old is the son of former USMNT captain Claudio, and it looks like the son has some skills, too, as this goal in the DFB Pokal for Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, Reyna’s first as a first-team pro, is any indication.
A PERFECT STRIKE!— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 4, 2020
Gio Reyna, son of former USMNT captain Claudio Reyna, scores his first goal for Dortmund! pic.twitter.com/sPSaPIqdH9
Today’s question: Will continuity get the Earthquakes to the playoffs in 2020? Let’s chat about that or whatever you like in the comments below!