San Jose Earthquakes signs the Mexican midfielder in a big offseason action – Oroville Mercury-Register
SAN JOSE – In the first major outward move of the off-season, the San Jose Earthquakes announced on Wednesday that they have loaned Mexican midfielder Javier Eduardo Lopez from famous Mexican club Chivas de Guadalajara.
The 26-year-old Lopez is set to take on Magnus Eriksson’s attacking midfielders before returning to Sweden mid-last season.
“We have followed Eduardo for two years and he is just as excited to be coming to San Jose as we are to bring him,” said Jesse Fioranelli, general manager of Earthquakes, in a statement. “He is a dynamic attacking midfielder in his prime and will be playing for a team other than Chivas for the first time in his career.”
Chivas officials reportedly fired Lopez in November for violating the team’s code of conduct. In May he was punished for breaking a COVID-19 quarantine. But Almeyda knows his former player well.
“We are confident that he will take advantage of the opportunity to reunite with Matias,” Fioranelli said in a statement. “We have thoroughly evaluated this transfer over the past few months and appreciate Chivas’ efforts and transparency throughout the process.”
Lopez has signed a one-year loan agreement pending a work visa and international referral documents, the Quakes announced. In a press release, the Major League Soccer team announced that they will have the option of extending the loan for half a year or buying the player immediately.
Lopez had played for Chivas throughout his professional career, including nearly three years under Almeyda. But Chivas officials announced in November that Lopez would never wear the club’s kit again.
“I’m very excited about this new opportunity,” Lopez said in the statement. “Coming to San Jose is very exciting for my career, for my family, even for my friends. There is something new in my life. I will give everything. “
Lopez also said he is thrilled to be reuniting with Almedya, who has also signed former Chivas players Carlos Fierro and Oswaldo Alanis.
“I know by doing the right things,” said Almedya, “I will continue to help me in all aspects of my career,” said Lopez.
Lopez made his first-team debut in 2013 at the age of 18. Lopez turned into a regular under Almeyda. He made 120 appearances and had 12 goals and nine assists for the coach.
Earthquake executives will now turn their attention to the draft MLS, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at 11 a.m. PT.
The Quakes currently hold 12th, 39th and 66th selections.
So far, management has held the key players together in recent years by signing stars Chris Wondolowski, Shea Salinas and Tommy Thompson. The top players Cristian Espinoza, Florian Jungwirth, Andy Rios and Jackson Yueill are under contract.
The team also swapped full-back Nick Lima for expansion club Austin FC last month.