The San Jose Earthquakes have had considerable success in the past few seasons, and one of the architects of that success is not going anywhere.
The Quakes announced Thursday that they have signed general manager John Doyle to a contract extension. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are proud to sign John to a long-term agreement as the head of our soccer operations,” said Earthquakes president Dave Kaval in a statement. “John’s dedication to the club is second to nobody. He has been a key leader within the organization as we continue to move forward into a new era of Earthquakes soccer.”
Doyle, 48, recently started his seventh season as general manager of the Earthquakes. Winners of the 2012 Supporters' Shield, San Jose reached the knockout stage of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League, and have made the MLS Cup Playoffs twice in that span, reaching the Eastern Conference Championship game in 2010.
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“First of all, I want to thank the Earthquakes ownership group and Dave Kaval,” said Doyle in a statement. “There is a lot of excitement around the club right now, both on the field and with our new stadium getting closer every day. We have an excellent coaching staff and a good group of players, so I am looking forward to a great season.”
Doyle is the only person to be a part of the club since its inception in 1995. The Fremont, Calif., native spent five illustrious seasons as the captain of the Clash/Earthquakes. A two-time MLS All-Star (1996, 1997), he scored 11 goals and dished out 15 assists in his career. He was the 1996 MLS Defender of the Year and named to the League’s Best XI that year.
In 2005, Doyle was the inaugural member of the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame.