Earthquakes get defensive after miserable start to season

Yeferson Quintana almost scored the game-winner on April 14, 2018 for theSan Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. Quintana, 21, is a new center back from Uruguay. (ISI Photos). Can use online. Can use in other DFM publications.

SAN JOSE — The Earthquakes have addressed a glaring defensive need with the signing of Georgian center back Guram Kashia, the team announced Thursday.

But the central defender from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem isn’t going to change San Jose’s fortunes for the 2018 season. The Quakes (2-9-4, 10 points) are too broken at the moment for one player to make much difference for the 2018 season.

That much was evident after a cheerless 2-2 draw Wednesday night against the New England Revolution — even as players vow to stay positive in a stressful environment.

“It’s clear to everybody that we are not the finished product yet,” team president Tom Fox said. “We’ve still got some issues to correct. We’re optimistic we can start to address them in the transfer window.”

The Quakes signed Kashia, 30, to a multiple-year contract using targeted allocation money. He is scheduled to be eligible to play when the the July 10 FIFA transfer window opens if all the necessary paperwork is completed by then.

The move is an acknowledgment that previous center back signings have failed. General manager Jesse Fioranelli used international slots on Francois Affolter of Switzerland and Yeferson Quintana of Uruguay in the past year. Neither has proven to be a dependable starter.

The only success has been Harold Cummings, who is playing for Panama in the World Cup this month. Cummings was signed by the previous regime of general manager John Doyle and coach Dominic Kinnear.

The faulty moves have forced San Jose to use four international slots for one position, underscoring how a misguided signing has a snowball effect.

The burning question now is whether San Jose officials plan more signings during the mid-season transfer window.

“We didn’t do everything in January that we thought we needed to do,” Fox said Wednesday.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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