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Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach

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Earthquakes hire former Chivas boss Matias Almeyda as head coach

The Earthquakes filled their month-old head coaching vacancy with an ambitious hire, tabbing former Chivas Guadalajara manager Matias Almeyda to lead the team in 2019. Interim head coach Steve Ralston will coach San Jose for the remaining two games of the 2018 season.

Almeyda won five trophies with Chivas, leading the Mexican giants back towards the top of the Liga MX table. Chivas won the Liga MX Clausura in 2017, the Copa MX twice, and the Supercopa MX once. The 44-year-old's three-year tenure with the club culminated with a CONCACAF Champions League title this past season, after Chivas beat MLS champions Toronto FC on penalties. 

The Earthquakes, meanwhile, are in the worst season in club history. With two games to go, the club sits last in the league table, 27 points out of a playoff spot. San Jose has not won a trophy since winning the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2012. 

Alemyda said Monday that he had options to manage elsewhere, but did not have the same feeling that he did about the Earthquakes.

"There's no ideal location or style in soccer," the 44-year-old said through a translator at his introductory press conference on Monday  (via ESPN). "I like to go places where there are good conditions, good options, good creativity, and seriousness in the project. That's why I'm here. To be honest, I had other opportunities to go other places but in none of them did I feel like I feel here. This is a new project, a new country, a new life for both me and my family. I feel very good about it, and we're excited."

Almeyda previously managed River Plate, leading the legendary Argentine club back to the top division in 18 months at the helm. He did the same in a little over two years at Banfield, and both teams remain in the Argentine Primera División.

A former defensive midfielder, Alemyda played for River Plate, Sevilla, Lazio, Parma, and Inter Milan in a 20-year career. He won three Argentine Primera División titles and a Copa Libertadores playing for River Plate, as well as a Serie A title with Lazio. Almeyda was also capped 35 time by the Argentine national team, winning a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics. 

Earthquakes shut out by Los Angeles FC, fall to 0-4 on season

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Earthquakes shut out by Los Angeles FC, fall to 0-4 on season

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SAN JOSE -- Carlos Vela capped his first career MLS hat trick with a curling shot from distance and Los Angeles FC beat the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday.

Vela has six goals and three assists in five games this season.

LAFC (4-0-1) opened the scoring in the eighth minute by capitalizing on a goalkeeper mistake as Daniel Vega whiffed on a clearance attempt and Vela walked it into the back of the net in the eighth minute. Vela added a goal in first-half stoppage time by redirecting home a cross if front of the goal, and he had the goal of the match in the 66th.

Former San Jose defender Steven Beitashour got past the defense for a through ball in the 26th and poked it inside the far post for a 2-0 lead. Diego Rossi scored a relatively easy goal to cap the scoring in the 68th, and Tyler Miller kept his first clean sheet of the season against San Jose (0-4-0).

Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls

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Cristian Espinoza scores first MLS goal in Quakes' loss to Red Bulls

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HARRISON, N.J. -- Alex Muyl scored a pair of second-half goals on Saturday and the New York Red Bulls rallied after an early deficit for a 4-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Muyl tied it for the Red Bulls (1-0-1) on a close-range shot in the 51st minute and made it 2-1 with a volley off a defensive deflection in the 71st minute.

Bradley Wright-Phillips added a third goal for New York in the 85th minute and Daniel Royer capped the scoring in the 89th.

Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the fifth minute for San Jose (0-3-0) with his first MLS goal.

Matias Almeyda, who joined San Jose in the offseason after leading C.D. Guadalajara to a CONCACAF Champions League title in 2018, is still looking for his first point as coach of the Earthquakes.