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Earthquakes Weekly Update: January 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - San Jose Earthquakes News Release


Major League Soccer announced on Monday that the 2021 MLS season will begin on Saturday, April 3, with preseason training starting on Monday, February 22. In accordance with MLS health and safety protocols, players will be required to quarantine and conduct individual trainings upon reporting back to their clubs.

Last week, the San Jose Earthquakes announced the acquisition of Mexican midfielder Eduardo 'Chofis' Lopez on a one-year loan with the possibility to buy or extend from Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara. The Quakes also selected Cal forward Thomas Williamson (No. 12 overall) in the first round, and North Carolina State midfielder George Asomani (No. 33) in the second round of the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

Last Sunday, Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and midfielder Jackson Yueill were among 25 players selected to represent the United States Men's National Team in a friendly vs. Trinidad and Tobago on January 31 in Orlando, Fla. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT on FS1, UniMás and TUDN. Marcinkowski, Yueill and 17-year-old Cade Cowell had previously been training with the U.S. U-23s as part of preparation for Olympic qualifying.

EARTHQUAKES NOTES

Earthquakes Acquire Mexican Midfielder Javier Eduardo Lopez on Loan from Chivas

The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Wednesday that the club has acquired Mexican midfielder Javier Eduardo Lopez, nicknamed La Chofis, on a one-year loan from Mexico's Chivas de Guadalajara. Lopez will occupy an international spot on the Quakes' roster, pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC. At the end of the one-year loan, the Earthquakes will have the option to extend the loan for an additional six months or complete the transfer. If the loan is extended, the Earthquakes will maintain the option to complete the transfer at the end of the loan.

Earthquakes make two selections in 2021 MLS SuperDraft

The San Jose Earthquakes selected University of California forward Thomas Williamson with the 12th overall selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. San Jose has now drafted a local collegiate player 12th overall in consecutive seasons after selecting Stanford defender Tanner Beason in 2020. The Quakes also drafted North Carolina State midfielder George Asomani in the second round (No. 39) before passing on their third-round selection (No. 66). Neither of the two players selected by San Jose held pre-signed contracts with MLS and will need to sign with the club before being placed on the roster.

Marcinkowski, Yueill Called to USMNT Ahead of Friendly with T&T on January 31

San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski and midfielder Jackson Yueill are among 25 players selected to represent the United States Men's National Team in a friendly vs. Trinidad and Tobago on January 31 in Orlando, Fla. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT on FS1, UniMás and TUDN. The group was selected from an initial list of 12 senior MNT players and 26 U-23 players that began training on Jan. 9 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Both Marcinkowski and Yueill were with the U-23s along with 17-year-old Quakes forward Cade Cowell, who will return to San Jose.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES

Major League Soccer 2021 Season to Begin April 3

Major League Soccer on Monday announced the 2021 MLS season will begin on Saturday, April 3 and feature 34 matches for each of the league's 27 clubs. MLS' 26th regular season will conclude on MLS Decision Day, November 7, and the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs will begin November 19. MLS Cup will be played on Saturday, December 11. Clubs will be permitted to open preseason training on February 22, six weeks prior to MLS is Back opening weekend.

Quakes make donation to MACLA on behalf of Chofis

The Earthquakes and the Quakes Foundation have made a donation to MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) on behalf of new signing Eduardo 'Chofis' Lopez. As part of the club's ongoing commitment to local communities, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Quakes Foundation will make a financial donation to local organizations on behalf of all new signings. The Quakes are working to foster connectivity between the fans, front office, and players with frontline community organizations. As the COVID situation develops, the Quakes will also look to incorporate new volunteer opportunities connected to these recipients, further connecting the club with local impact.


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