San Jose Earthquakes part ways with manager Matias Almeyda
Matias Almeyda is out as manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
MLSsoccer.com’s Tom Bogert was the first to announce the news.
The decision was made to part ways with the Argentine hours after the Quakes tied Nashville SC, 2-2, extending San Jose’s winless start to the season to seven games and making them the only team in MLS without victory. It’s unclear to what extent Almeyda will receive the remainder of his contract.
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Sources tell ESPN that Almeyda told the team after last week’s 4-3 loss to Houston that he was ‘done’ as manager of San Jose and would speak to the team the following Monday. But when Monday rolled around, there was no clarity about his future. These sources also said it’s something Almeyda has told the team more than once over the years following tough losses.
Almeyda concludes his three-plus seasons in San Jose with a regular-season record of 31-42-25. He was signed with great fanfare and high hopes just before the end of the 2018 regular season. twice in the previous eight seasons.
While the team played exciting football at times during Almeyda’s tenure, the team lacked consistency, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Once the rest of the league became familiar with his tactics, the team’s results suffered. San Jose reached the playoffs in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but it was done with the advantage of MLS expanding the Western Conference playoff field to eight teams, San Jose slipping into last place.
For his part, Almeyda has repeatedly criticized San Jose’s lack of spending compared to much of the rest of the league.
Names already suggested as possible replacements include Salvadoran coach Hugo Perez, as well as former Quakes player and assistant Ian Russell, who led the team’s Reno branch for four seasons.