2019 Season Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

It's the start of the Matias Almeyda era in San Jose ... as the Earthquakes look to recover from finishing with the league's fewest points last season.

The club didn't have much wiggle room under the cap this offseason, meaning Almeyda will have to work with largely last season's group. Chris Wondowloski is still around, and just one goal from tying Landon Donovan's all-time MLS record for goals. 

Star players

Key acquisitions and departures

Projected Starting XI

Team strengths and weaknesses

  • Strength: Between new head coach Matias Almeyda and soon-to-be all-time MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski, the Quakes should be inspired to show plenty of fiery spirit and fight in 2019.
  • Weakness: They had the worst record in MLS in 2018 -- so progress will invariably have to start with team defense, including more reliable goalkeeping. New acquisitions Marcos Lopez (left back) and Daniel Vega (goalkeeper) should help.

Predictions

  • Ben Baer: 11th in West
  • Calen Carr: 12th in West
  • Charlie Davies: 12th in West
  • Matt Doyle: 11th in West
  • Bobby Warshaw: 10th in West
  • Andrew Wiebe: 12th in West

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