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2020 Western Conference Preview: San Jose Earthquakes

MLS: FORWARD25 Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year again! We’re going through each team in the Western Conference to see how they ended last year, how things have gone in the offseason, and what we might expect from them in 2020. They will be published in no particular order, and you can find all of them here.

San Jose Earthquakes

2019: 13-5-16 (44 points, 8th in Western Conference)

Goals for: 52 (T-5th in WC)

Goals against: 55 (7th in WC)

Three key additions:

Cristian Espinoza (signed permanently after being on loan from Villareal), Casey Walls, Tanner Beason

Three key subtractions:

Francois Affolter, Jimmy Ockford, Kevin Partida (all defenders)

General Thoughts:

The Quakes have not had a lot of movement over the offseason. They did sign their forward Cristian Espinoza permanently after being on loan from Villareal in Spain, so that will add some continuity to their attack.

The need is on defense. While they do hope that some of their youngsters can step into the void left by Affolter, Ockford, and Partida, they do need to bolster that back line if they hope to improve from their 8th place finish in 2019.

Unless something happens over the next few weeks, the best San Jose could hope for is a mid-table finish.