In probably the final move of the offseason, the Quakes signed Albanian midfielder Jahmir Hyka to a “multiyear” contract using TAM. Hyka brings more to the Quakes attack, and sets up the team for a completely new identity going forward.
The move puts the Quakes above the limit of international players, so the Quakes would need to deal an international to make room. The most likely candidate (in my opinion) would be midfielder Leo Barrera, who’s been on loan since last season.
All in all, new GM Jesse Fioranelli has been outstanding. These signings are not only ones that fans can get behind, but demonstrates the team’s commitment to being a successful franchise.
With all the new signings, I’m predicting the Quakes don’t rely on one formation as they did last year (the flat 4-4-2), but may have a season which features three to four different formations. Possibilities include a 4-3-3 with Godoy at the 6, Hyka and Dawkins/Jungwirth as midfield wings, and Wondo/Hoesen/Urena at the forward positions, a 4-1-3-2 with Godoy at DM, Jungwirth/Dawkins/Hyka at mid, Wondo/Urena up top.
The first chance fans will get a chance to see these players in action will be when the Quakes play the L.A. Galaxy next Saturday (February 11) in Las Vegas.
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