Identity of 3 Trialists Revealed
Thanks to the Vancouver Whitecaps, we now know the identities of the 3 trialists that the Earthquakes were keeping secret from their fans. On Vancouver’s match recap, they did not label the Quakes players “Trialist 1” or “Trialist 2,” they simply gave us their names.
Trialist 1: CB Paulo Renato
Renato’s identity was believed to have been revealed to us in the first scrimmage against the Earthquakes U18s, but his goal against Vancouver helped further solidify that rumor. Renato has spent most of his playing with lower bracket Portugese second division teams, and is not particularly a special potential signing. Renato was likely brought on to add some depth to the Quakes back line that was looking a bit thin going into the 2015 contest. Renato did have the lone goal in the Quakes’ preseason matchup against Vancouver in Arizona on Saturday, which shows some more promise for him.
Trialist 2: D Matias Silva
Not a lot of information on Matias Silva as well, but we believe that he is a 25 year old Argentinian Defender playing for 2nd division Argentinian side San Martin de San Juan.
Trialist 3: FW Cameron Iwassa
Iwassa was not selected in the MLS Draft, but the UC Irvine forward did get an invite to the Quakes camp. The Sacramento native had an interesting interview with Top Drawer Soccer before the MLS Draft, which reveals some more information about him.
Iwassa started all 25 games for UC Irvine last year and scored 6 goals and tallied 6 assists. In his four years at Irvine, he scored a total of 22 goals and 14 assists.
So no, we will not be getting those Trialist 1 jerseys and scarves that we all so desperately wanted. But it does look like Kinnear is adding a lot of depth to this team – something we haven’t seen in a long time with the Quakes.