After seven games without a win to start the season, the San Jose Earthquakes and their head coach Matias Almeyda have decided to mutually end their association.
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This is what general manager Chris Leitch said Monday at a press conference. Almeyda therefore spent three and a half years at the helm of the Earthquakes, showing a record of 31-42-25. His deputies are also leaving the ship.
“There were definitely discussions going on [sur son avenir] for a week, confirmed Leitch. Without going into details, both parties realized that it was better.
Previously pilot of the Earthquakes II, in the MLS Next Pro, Alex Covelo will ensure the interim. He will be assisted, also on an interim basis, by Chris Wondolowski, Steve Ralston and Luciano Fusco.
Nothing is going well in San Jose. The California club indeed shows a record of 0-4-3, the worst in Major League Soccer (MLS) since the start of the regular calendar. Thus, a change seemed necessary.
In the eyes of the GM, the man-to-man cover tactic favored by Almeyda has certainly been beneficial for the team. However, it was not suitable for all opponents in the eyes of the man who heads the Earthquakes soccer department, and he wants more flexibility from his next man of confidence on the field.
« I think you’ll see different tactics applied in a very short time in the first team, » Leitch said. A manager may need to tweak or play in a slightly different way… A manager who has the ability to do that gives the club the ability to deliver results week in and week out.”
The Earthquakes have also indicated that the search for a new permanent pilot begins immediately. So it seems that Covelo’s reign is only temporary. The latter claimed a 1-2-0 record with the Earthquakes II this season. He has held several different roles within the organization since joining in 2017.
Wondolowski, for his part, announced his retirement last November. During his Major League Soccer (MLS) career that began in 2004, he scored 171 regular season goals with the Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo, making him the league’s all-time leading scorer. circuit.