Oswaldo Alanis, Chivas Guadalajara tight shot


The San Jose Earthquakes have acquired center back Oswaldo Alanis from Liga MX's Chivas Guadalajara on a one-year loan with the option of an extension using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). Alanis has 23 caps with the Mexico national team.

Alanis, 30, will be reunited with Matias Almeyda, who coached the defender at Chivas when the pair won the Concacaf Champions League together. The left-footed center back made 77 appearances with the club, sandwiched around 24 appearances with Real Oviedo in the Spanish second tier.

“Oswaldo is a player that can add a lot from the human element as well as in football,” said Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda. “I had the chance to coach him for two and half years and his position is where we have the fewest players. My hope is that he shows the same level he showed when I coached him previously.”

Alanis originally joined Spanish side Getafe following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but was released a month later without appearing in an official match. He subsequently signed with Oviedo in August 2018, but he terminated that contract the following June after 24 appearances before returning to Chivas.

He started 10 matches and scored a pair of goals in the 2019 Liga MX Apertura campaign, but he has not made an appearance in the club’s three Clausura contests in 2020.

Alanis is the third player from Almeyda's past to join the Quakes, following Carlos Fierro and Andres Rios. The experienced defender will compete with last season's starters Florian Jungwirth and Guram Kashia for regular minutes.