Issues In Quake-Land

Issues In Quake-Land

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 13, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • Bobby Convey, Darren Huckerby, Frank Yallop, Jason Hernandez

While yesterday I was writing about the problems here in Dallas with Schellas Hyndman’s club, out west there is another club that is facing similar issues. The San Jose Earthquakes are off to one of their worst starts in club history (the 1999 club had 6 points through 10 games…this club has five through eight).

Over at Soccernet, Jeff Carlisle highlights a few problems with the Quakes.

I was one of those few that Carlisle mentions that picked this club to be a playoff contender this season. I wasn’t quite out on the limb for picking them to reach a MLS Cup this year but the playoffs definitely sounded possible with this bunch. Turns out after a 1-5-1 start the playoffs look less likely by the week.

Defensively the club has a lost a step due to injuries and age. Offensively the new parts haven’t found their scoring ways while key players like Darren Huckerby have been out for a good part of the season so far.

What exactly has happened in San Jose? Carlisle is quick to mention and righfully so, that the offense’s inexperience and Bobby Convey’s unfamiliarity in the attacking midfield role has put more pressure on a defense that is missing a key player (Jason Hernandez) and is getting older by the game.

From what it sounds like San Jose has plenty of work to do this summer in getting the ball back in motion to go forward for this club. I know Frank Yallop and GM John Doyle have the smarts to get the job done but time is already against them here this season. Few clubs if any have started this way (5 points after eight games) and made the playoffs.

Now I’m not as close to this club as Carlisle is but I would imagine things can get turned around with the right amount of luck and patience. It may just not be until next year however.

  • JM

    I think the statute of limitations has passed on Frank Yallop being a good coach. His teams have performed miserably since he left San Jose after 2003. His 2+ years in Canada were forgettable. He became the first Galaxy coach to miss the playoffs (and that club hasn't recovered). Now in 14 months at San Jose, he's had about 4 good weeks. Frankly, I'm not too impressed with how he's put together San Jose — he's got 4 good players, and all 4 are left wingers.

  • SDM

    Spot on, JM. There are too many similar players on this team. I know Yallop is the face of this team management wise, but I put more of the blame on Doyle. Outside of getting Huckerby, he hasn't exactly wowed me with his GM abilities. The scary thing is, I see no long term depth for this team. They have had ZERO first round picks in their two years of existence, and quite frankly don't seem too concerned about developing talent for the future. FCD, with all their issues, are at least trying to develop some younger players for the future. Honestly, it doesn't look good for the Quakes.

  • Geoff

    I'm actually one who also put faith in the Quakes this season to at least make the playoffs. I don't think Frank Yallop has lost it. No coach has done well with the Canadian national team because of the hierarchy of the CSA. As for his stints after that, in LA, well no need to explain the circus there. Now back in San Jose, last season was an expansion team and they almost took that last spot (as did every other team that didn't make the post season). I do agree with JM in that the squad seems a little unbalanced with Convey, Alvarez, Huckerby and I'm missing the other player who is a natural left winger. They do miss Lima, big time and of course injuries play a massive part. Give it time though, MLS is such a streaky league and like last season, every team will be in with a chance of making the playoffs until the final two weeks (yes even FC Dallas!). I'm not giving up on the Quakes yet…

  • JM

    I think the statute of limitations has passed on Frank Yallop being a good coach. His teams have performed miserably since he left San Jose after 2003. His 2+ years in Canada were forgettable. He became the first Galaxy coach to miss the playoffs (and that club hasn’t recovered). Now in 14 months at San Jose, he’s had about 4 good weeks. Frankly, I’m not too impressed with how he’s put together San Jose — he’s got 4 good players, and all 4 are left wingers.

  • SDM

    Spot on, JM. There are too many similar players on this team. I know Yallop is the face of this team management wise, but I put more of the blame on Doyle. Outside of getting Huckerby, he hasn’t exactly wowed me with his GM abilities. The scary thing is, I see no long term depth for this team. They have had ZERO first round picks in their two years of existence, and quite frankly don’t seem too concerned about developing talent for the future. FCD, with all their issues, are at least trying to develop some younger players for the future. Honestly, it doesn’t look good for the Quakes.

  • Geoff

    I’m actually one who also put faith in the Quakes this season to at least make the playoffs. I don’t think Frank Yallop has lost it. No coach has done well with the Canadian national team because of the hierarchy of the CSA. As for his stints after that, in LA, well no need to explain the circus there. Now back in San Jose, last season was an expansion team and they almost took that last spot (as did every other team that didn’t make the post season). I do agree with JM in that the squad seems a little unbalanced with Convey, Alvarez, Huckerby and I’m missing the other player who is a natural left winger. They do miss Lima, big time and of course injuries play a massive part. Give it time though, MLS is such a streaky league and like last season, every team will be in with a chance of making the playoffs until the final two weeks (yes even FC Dallas!). I’m not giving up on the Quakes yet…

  • GHM

    I can tell you in two words what's wrong with the Quakes…Clarence Goodson. When they didn't sign him it would be a decision that will haunt them for 10 years. This guy is doing great in Europe. He was POY in his league in 2008 and got them promoted. This year he's ranked in the top 10 players league-wide in Norway and has multiple suitors from the Bundesliga calling for an August tranfser.<br />
    He left over a few thousand dollars and I'm sure Doyle and Yallop would like a do-over.

  • GHM

    I can tell you in two words what’s wrong with the Quakes…Clarence Goodson. When they didn’t sign him it would be a decision that will haunt them for 10 years. This guy is doing great in Europe. He was POY in his league in 2008 and got them promoted. This year he’s ranked in the top 10 players league-wide in Norway and has multiple suitors from the Bundesliga calling for an August tranfser.
    He left over a few thousand dollars and I’m sure Doyle and Yallop would like a do-over.

  • Cannon Girl

    I'm still a Quakes loyalist but I'd be remiss in not citing two bonehead decisions regarding my team this year: Failing to make Joe Cannon captain and letting Ronnie O'Brien get away. But the season's not over and I'm not counting them out—there's still time—WHO-HOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Cannon Girl

    I’m still a Quakes loyalist but I’d be remiss in not citing two bonehead decisions regarding my team this year: Failing to make Joe Cannon captain and letting Ronnie O’Brien get away. But the season’s not over and I’m not counting them out—there’s still time—WHO-HOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • JM

    @Geoff<br />
    <br />
    Corrales is the fourth.<br />
    <br />
    Huckerby, Alvarez, Convey and Corrales are all at their best when played on the left wing. They should keep Huckerby (the best performer) and Corrales (the most flexible) and trade the other two.

  • JM

    @Geoff

    Corrales is the fourth.

    Huckerby, Alvarez, Convey and Corrales are all at their best when played on the left wing. They should keep Huckerby (the best performer) and Corrales (the most flexible) and trade the other two.