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Earthquakes Weekly Update: January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release

The San Jose Earthquakes today announced the team's 2022 preseason schedule, presented by Intermedia, which includes a two-week training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. starting on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Last week, the Earthquakes continued building its first team roster with the selections of Stanford University forward Ousseni Bouda (No. 8 overall) and Clemson University defender Oskar Agren (No. 13 overall) in the first round of the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. San Jose then selected Clemson defender John Martin in the third round.

The club also signed goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski to a new contract and inked 16-year-old attacking midfielder Niko Tsakiris and 21-year-old winger Will Richmond to Homegrown Player contracts.


Earthquakes Announce 2022 Preseason Schedule

After players report for COVID testing on Tuesday, Jan. 18 and Wednesday, Jan. 19, the Quakes will undergo physical examinations on Thursday before training in San Jose on Friday. After training in Santa Barbara in solidarity for one week, the First Team will be joined by the Quakes' Second Team and will train alongside one another for the remainder of camp.

Earthquakes Acquire $250k of General Allocation Money in Trade with Houston

The Earthquakes announced on Monday that the club has acquired $250k of 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM) from Houston Dynamo FC in exchange for a 2022 international roster slot.

Earthquakes Sign 16-Year-Old Midfielder Niko Tsakiris to Homegrown Contract

Tsakiris becomes the fifth youngest player in club history. He competed for local side De Anza Force Soccer Club before moving to Florida and joining IMG Academy at 10 years old. He returned to the Bay Area two years later in 2017 and joined the Quakes Academy soon after.

Earthquakes Sign Goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski to New Contract

Marcinkowski, 24, started 33 of the 34 regular season matches in 2021 and was the youngest goalkeeper in Major League Soccer with at least 26 starts. Among all goalkeepers in MLS, Marcinkowski ranked second in saves (129) and finished the season with a 10-13-10 record with five shutouts.

Earthquakes Select Stanford Forward Ousseni Bouda and Clemson Defender Oskar Agren in First Round of 2022 MLS SuperDraft

Bouda, 21, was a two-year starter for Stanford University between 2019-21, finishing his collegiate career with 10 goals and 14 assists in 39 starts. He signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer ahead of the SuperDraft and will be placed on San Jose's roster immediately. Agren, 23, competed for Clemson University for three years, starting 60 of his 61 appearances and tallying six goals and seven assists. Martin, 21, was a four-year contributor for the Clemson Tigers, where he tallied two assists in 38 appearances (13 starts).


Jan. 20, 2021 - Acquired Eduardo 'Chofis' Lopez on loan

The Quakes acquired Chofis on a one-year loan from Chivas de Guadalajara on Jan. 20, 2021. His loan was later extended through June 2022.

Jan. 23, 2019 - Signed Cade Cowell to Homegrown Player contract

The club signed then-fifteen-year-old Cade Cowell to a Homegrown Player contract on Jan. 23, 2019, becoming at the time the youngest player in Earthquakes and Bay Area team sports history, while being the fourth youngest signing ever in Major League Soccer. Cowell has tallied six goals and seven assists across 50 MLS appearances since signing ahead of the 2019 season.

Jan. 19, 2018 - Selected Paul Marie in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

The Earthquakes selected Florida International University defender Paul Marie in the first round (No. 12 overall) of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 19, 2018. Marie has made 43 appearances since 2018, tallying two goals and one assist.

Jan. 22, 2014 - Signed Tommy Thompson to Homegrown Player contract

San Jose signed midfielder Tommy Thompson as the club's first Homegrown Player on Jan. 22, 2014. Thompson, who is entering his ninth season with San Jose, has tallied four goals and nine assists across 157 appearances, becoming the eighth player with most appearances in club history.

Jan. 18, 2008 - Selected Shea Salinas in 2008 MLS SuperDraft

The Quakes selected midfielder Shea Salinas in the second round (No. 15 overall) in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 18, 2008. After representing San Jose for 12 seasons, Salinas holds numerous milestones in the club's record book, ranking No. 1 in assists (50), No. 2 in games played (319) and corner kicks (405), No. 3 in games started (182) and minutes played (18,001), and No. 6 in total shots (224).


Four members of the Earthquakes Academy have been called to the United States U17 Men's National Team training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. from Jan. 18-25: defender Oscar Verhoeven, midfielders Cruz Medina and Edwyn Mendoza, and forward Fidel Barajas. While 14 Major League Soccer clubs are represented, none are more so than San Jose and Houston Dynamo FC, who sent four players apiece. Quakes U17 head coach Dan Degeer is currently serving as a U.S. U17 camp assistant coach.

Additionally, Quakes U17 player Lorenzo Avalos has been called to the U16 Iceland Youth National Team Camp in Skessan, Iceland from Jan. 17-19.

The Academy squads return to action this week when the U13s and U14s visit De Anza Force at De Anza College on Saturday, Jan. 22, while the U15s and U17s face Ballistic United in a pair of friendly matches at the Bernal Sports Complex on Sunday, Jan. 23. To stay updated on the Quakes Academy, follow their social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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