Almeyda’s name had dominated headlines in recent days, as widespread reports surfaced that he was a target of Liga MX club Monterrey. Before coming to San Jose for 2019, Almeyda had managed Liga MX side Chivas Guadalajara to several titles, most notably the 2018 Concacaf Champions League crown.
During his first year in charge of San Jose, Almedya narrowly missed the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 13-16-5 record. They were eighth in the West, resulting in quite the turnaround after finishing with a 4-21-9 record in 2018. Altogether, San Jose posted a 23-point turnaround.
In changing San Jose's culture and style, Almeyda implemented a man-marking, high-pressing system that often left MLS sides vexed in the early going. However, San Jose finished the season with six straight losses and struggled with red cards down the stretch.
Some highlights from the season included veteran forward Chris Wondolowski breaking and extending his MLS career goals record (159), as well as Nick Lima and Jackson Yueill breaking into the US men's national team fray.