Quakes Get Younger and Announce Roster Cuts
The last two days have been very busy across the MLS – teams were scrambling all Wednesday to finalize their expansion draft lists, they were busy making trades, and many teams also announced declined contract options. Additionally, the MLS Waiver Draft took place later in the day. The Quakes have been among the more active teams in the league these past couple days, as expected with the new coach.
Kinnear and company started off in the expansion draft, where they were involved in a trade with Orlando City SC. Orlando selected Houston Dynamo forward Mark Sherrod, and traded Sherrod to San Jose in exchange for a 2nd round SuperDraft pick. Kinnear obviously had interest in Sherrod when he was coaching in Houston. Sherrod is 24 years old, and has shown some promise with theTimbers U-23 club; with 11 goals in 24 appearances from 2012-2013. His 2014 season was cut short by an ACL injury in May, but Sherrod still managed to tally 2 goals in 9 appearances for the Dynamo last year.Sherrod is relatively speedy for his size, and is known to be all over the attacking third. Standing at 6’3″, Sherrod will likely be a good replacement for former Earthquake Alan Gordon – and certainly shows the potential of becoming a lethal target up front.
Long time Earthquake Jason Hernandez was also on the move during the expansion draft. He was the only Quake that got selected, and was sent to his hometown, New York City. Hernandez had become too expensive for the club, and didn’t really seem to fit in the future of the team either. He will certainly be missed – he had a lot of great moments with the team.
Later on that day, the MLS Waiver Draft commenced. The Quakes had the number 2 pick in the draft, and picked up former Chivas USA forward/midfielder Leandro Barrera. Barrera recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in 32 appearances for a very mediocre Chivas USA team last year. Barrera is 23 years old, and is another young player that shows some potential. The Argentinian was on loan to Chivas USA last year, and the Quakes will likely have to negotiate with his club Argentinos Juniors. He was notably impressive in Chivas USA’s final game against the Earthquakes, where he burned the Quakes’ back line several times.
It should be interesting to see how all of these forwards fit into the future for the Quakes. They now have veterans Wondo and Lenny; and now youngsters Tyrpak, Barrera, and Sherrod. Letting go of Atiba Harris (29), Jon Busch (38), and Jason Hernandez (31) shows that Kinnear’s 2015 Quakes will look a lot younger than before. By adding Kris Tyrpak (22), Mark Sherrod (24), and Leandro Barrera (23), they are reinforcing this idea.
The Quakes also unsurprisingly made some other announcements. They declined options on Tommy Muller, Billy Knutsen, Andreas Görlitz, and Billy Schuler. (Who saw little to no time with the Quakes last season) Additionally, Jon Busch and Atiba Harris are out of contract, and the Quakes have chosen not to resign them. Harris and Busch will be available in tomorrow’s MLS Re-Entry draft – which the Quakes have the second overall pick in. We should probably see some more movement tomorrow regarding the team as well.
The MLS offseason sure is action packed.