Quakes Trade Cronin To Colorado In Exchange For Allocation Funds
My personal favorite Cronin video – from the 2012 California Classico.
After drafting another defensive midfielder in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, it seemed that the Quakes were definitely going to be saying bye to either Ligue 1 veteran Jean Baptiste Pierazzi or longtime Quake Sam Cronin.
The Quakes ended up choosing Cronin, who was acquired in 2010 in exchange for allocation funds from Toronto FC. Cronin ended up recording 5 goals and 12 assists in his 5 seasons with San Jose. His most successful season was the year the Quakes won the supporters shield in 2012, when he notched 6 assists as a regular starter.
Cronin was instrumental in that 2012 season, and tremendously consistent on most fronts during his 5 year tenure with the Earthquakes. He never seemed to do anything too eye opening, but he always did the little things to help the Quakes to victory and rarely made mistakes. On the other hand, the 28 year old had really receded in the past two seasons. His play going forward especially suffered – partially in part to the Quakes virtually non-existent midfield attack in the 2014 season.
What does this mean for the future?
The trade for allocation money usually prefaces some other moves. Perhaps a trade to acquire another player in the MLS? Or a big signing outside of MLS that they’ll buy down with allocation funds? Or maybe even some money for the long-promised 3rd designated player. We’ll have to see, but I think there will be some more interesting moves leading up to the season, given the relatively quiet off season up until this point.