The San Jose Earthquakes selected two players during Thursday’s SuperDraft and acquired one more through trade. I am very excited about the first pick–no. 15 overall–center-back Tommy Muller from Georgetown. A center-back has been high on my wish list, especially since the Quakes did not re-sign Ike Opara. Muller will no doubt get at least a little playing time this season, as the only back-up behind starters Jason Hernandez and Victor Bernardez.
With their next pick, no. 33 overall (acquired from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for Ike Opara), the Quakes selected midfielder Dan Delgado from San Diego. Delgado is an attack-minded midfielder, with nine goals and 10 assists in his last season at USD. San Jose coach Frank Yallop indicated that this selection was a way to add more diversity to an already potent Quakes’ offense.
The third and final player added to the Quakes squad is a face already familiar to MLS fans–Mike Fucito. He’s been bounced around the league a bit, most recently playing in Portland and before that, Seattle. San Jose acquired him via trade, sending their original second-round draft selection to Portland. Although Fucito has not seen a tremendous amount of league play, he has scored five goals in eight CONCACAF Champions League matches while playing for the Sounders. As the Quakes will be entering CCL play for the first time this year, Fucito’s experience in that tournament, as well as the Open Cup, will no doubt prove to be a great benefit to the team.
I am excited to get to know these new Goonies and welcome them to San Jose! The pre-season starts on Monday and I can’t wait to see how the new picks mesh with the rest of the team.
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