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Looks like we have a bit of “hot stove” news today.  The San Jose Earthquakes just announced some major roster moves in anticipation of the 2019 season.  Some familiar names will be returning, while others will not.

NEWS: Earthquakes Announce Roster Moves Ahead of 2019 MLS Season (

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has exercised 2019 contract options on five players: goalkeeper Matt Bersano and defenders Harold Cummings, Paul Marie, Jimmy Ockford and Kevin Partida.

The Earthquakes will not exercise options on five players: defender Yeferson Quintana; midfielders Jahmir Hyka and Chris Wehan; and forwards Danny Musovski and Mohamed Thiaw.

The following players are under contract for the 2019 season: goalkeepers JT Marcinkowski and Andrew Tarbell; defenders Francois Affolter, Jacob Akanyirige, Guram Kashia, Nick Lima, Joel Qwiberg and Shea Salinas; midfielders Eric Calvillo, Magnus Eriksson, Luis Felipe, Gilbert Fuentes, Anibal Godoy, Florian Jungwirth, Tommy Thompson, Vako and Jackson Yueill; and forwards Danny Hoesen and Chris Wondolowski.

The following player is not under contract for the 2019 season: forward Dominic Oduro.

Danny Hoesen, Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Shea Salinas, Andrew Tarbell, Tommy Thompson and Chris Wondolowski all received new contracts, had their 2019 options exercised or had their 2019 options automatically vest by reaching certain performance thresholds during the 2018 season.

The San Jose Earthquakes current roster heading into 2019, listed alphabetically by position, is below:

Goalkeepers (3): Matt Bersano, JT Marcinkowski, Andrew Tarbell

Defenders (10): Francois Affolter, Jacob Akanyirige, Harold Cummings, Guram Kashia, Nick Lima, Paul Marie, Jimmy Ockford, Kevin Partida, Joel Qwiberg, Shea Salinas

Midfielders (9): Eric Calvillo, Magnus Eriksson, Luis Felipe, Gilbert Fuentes, Anibal Godoy, Florian Jungwirth, Tommy Thompson, Vako, Jackson Yueill

Forwards (2): Danny Hoesen, Chris Wondolowski (


Also in the blog from is the offer of a $250 season pass.  The only catch is that it is a digital ticket, straight from your smartphone that is available the day of the game.  The other passes have the price based on location, along with the option to print and/or transfer your game ticket and access to other perks.

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And announced earlier this week…

NEWS: Avaya Stadium to Host U.S. MNT Friendly against Costa Rica February 2

The match will be the second of early year matches usually held on the west coast in late January/early February with the rosters to include mostly MLS players since the window is not part of the FIFA international calendar where players can be released to their national teams so most likely no Christian Pulisic and the other startlets including Josh Sargeant and Tim Weah.  However, Nick Lima may be included in the roster so stay tuned.  For any of the latest off-season roster news stay tuned here at for more.