Roster News: According to head coach Dominic Kinnear, who spoke about the changes following his team's 4-1 victory over SF Stompers FC, the San Jose Earthquakes have released defender Pablo Pintos and midfielder Kris Tyrpak ahead of the 2015 MLS regular season.
Jurgen Klinsmann was in the Bay Area this weekend to check out some U-18 Academy games, and he drove by the San Jose Earthquakes new Avaya Stadium. Color the U.S. men's national team impressed, as he Tweeted out his critical review of the gleaming epicenter of San Jose soccer. Hey, Jurgen! Perhaps it's time to schedule a USMNT match at Avaya. Maybe in the lead up to this summer's Gold Cup?
Chris Wondolowski entered the second half of the USMNT's match against Panama with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and motivated for redemption. Wondo sure was fired up, and he let this Panamanian defender know exactly how he felt. Best of all, Coach Klinsmann seemed to approve.
Selected in the fourth round, #66 overall, in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Sacramento native Chimdum Mez announced on Twitter that he has not signed with the San Jose Earthquakes. A four-year starter at Sacramento State, Mez impressed in a Quakes combine last December and was a surprise pick in the draft. The 6'5" forward is free to sign outside of MLS, but the Earthquakes retain his rights and can trade them to another MLS side if their is interest within the league. MLS SuperDraft third round selection, goalkeeper Keasel Broome, is still training with the team and is line to become the Quakes third goalkeeper behind David Bingham and Bryan Meredith if he is signed.
Not quite a month ago, as college seniors from around the nation prepared to gather in Florida for the MLS Combine, U.C. Davis center back Ramon Martin del Campo sat confidently, knowing he had already secured a contract deal with the league. The Earthquakes, whose U-23 PDL side Martin del Campo had starred on last summer, were his expected suitors.Fast forward to today, and RMdC went through four rounds of the MLS SuperDraft unselected, had his contract deal with MLS voided, and had no offers on the table. Down but not out, the center back has resurfaced in LA, on trial with the Galaxy. What a difference a month makes!
For the fourth year in a row, a player on a Cascadian team has been awarded MLS Goal of the Year honors. This time, the Pacific Northwest ballot-box stuffers gifted the award to the Sounders' Obafemi Martins for his lucky no-look chip shot over Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch that gave Seattle a 1-0 victory. Busch's expression was priceless; certainly more entertaining than the goal itself!
Finally, David Beckham has launched a clothing line. The global soccer superstar will no longer need to stand around in his signature H&M underwear, feeling a chill. And though the new Beckham fashions look chic, Earthquakes mascot "Q" is likely unimpressed.
After getting snubbed last year, the LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane was named the 2014 MLS MVP. The award was voted on by players, front office personnel, and the media. While Keano was the best choice, topping New England's Lee Nguyen and Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins, the Irish international taking home MLS MVP gives Earthquakes fans one more reason to hate LA.
As MLS teams disclose their roster decisions in the lead-up to Draft Season, one interesting name -- a blast from the past -- has emerged. Toronto FC has severed ties with former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario. The Quakes legend could be a sensible pick-up for San Jose in the second stage of the Re-Entry Draft. If he can be signed on the cheap, De Ro would be a great bench player for Dominic Kinnear's side in 2015. So, what do you think?