UPDATE (Jan. 31, 1:15 pm ET): There has been no approach by the Football Federation of Chile to the San Jose Earthquakes regarding Matias Almeyda's interest in the vacant head coaching job, sources confirmed to MLSsoccer.com Sunday.
Alicia Rodriguez at SB Nation and ESPN's Jeff Carlisle were the first to report the story.
BREAKING NEWS: A San Jose Earthquakes team source tells me the Chilean national team have not approached them to buy out Matias Almeyda's contract, so rumors of his imminent departure appear to be incorrect.— Alicia Rodriguez (@soccermusings) January 31, 2021
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A #Quakes74 spokesperson tells ESPN that Chile has not made any kind of approach to San Jose about hiring away Matias Almeyda. Could Chile be talking to Almeyda reps? Sure, but at some point they would need to reach out to San Jose, and haven't yet.— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 31, 2021
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda is once again being linked to a move away from MLS, this time to the vacant Chile men's national team job.
Multiple reports out of Chile are linking Almeyda to the job, with one report suggesting he is the leading candidate. ESPN Chile is also linking former Monterrey head coach Antonio Mohamed to the job, vacant since Reinaldo Rueda left for the Colombia job this month. Four games into qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, Chile have one win, one draw and two losses. They sit in sixth place in CONMEBOL, two points away from a qualifying spot.
During this MLS offseason, Almeyda has been rumored to be on the shortlist of multiple different teams. Those teams include Brazil's Palmeiras, and Mexican sides Monterrey and Cruz Azul; coincidentally, Mohamed was also linked to the Cruz Azul job.
Almeyda has been with the Earthquakes since the 2019 season, missing the playoffs in his first season but participating in the postseason in 2020. The Earthquakes were knocked out in Round One of the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs by Sporting Kansas City.