”I am grateful to the people of Chile, to its sports director [Francis Cagigao], a great professional; and to its president [Pablo Milad],” Almeyda told radio La Red. “The effort they made to hire me, and the sporting and economic proposal, which was good. I appreciate it, I want to make it public. I was left with the desire.”
⚽️ #UnBuenDomingo | @peladoalmeyda le contó a @arevalo_martin lo difícil que es dejar de ser futbolista profesional, el cuadro de depresión que tuvo que superar y afirmó: "Nadie te prepara para pasar de viajar en colectivo a manejar una Ferrari". https://t.co/saLPBqLFgp pic.twitter.com/qec7TDS1w1— Radio La Red AM 910 (@radiolared) February 7, 2021
But Almeyda, who helped guide the Quakes to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs last fall, explained why he enjoys coaching in San Jose.
“Why did I come to MLS? Here I am turning off lights, I am getting rid of fame,” he said. “As I speak with you, I’m walking around my neighborhood. A few people have said hello. I want to live a normal life. I want to have a space in life while doing what I love.
“I want a quality of life that not everything is football.”