In a somewhat surprising move, the Quakes traded Jamaican defender Shaun Francis to Montreal in exchange for a second round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, and possible General Allocation Money.
The move isn’t surprising, the timing is. San Jose will play in New York without two defenders in their lineup: Victor Bernardez and Kofi Sarkodie. Both are suspended due to red cards in their match against Atlanta. Why not wait until after the Red Bulls match to pull the trigger?
The Quakes have also been struggling with fielding a full 18 on game days. While Francis was a weak link, he did fill a role in the lineup, if only to help the team have more options off the bench.
“We’re going to deal with it” Head Coach Chris Leitch said regarding the absence of defenders going to New York. “We got a good, deep roster here and we’re really confident with all the players we have.”
Bon chance, Shaun!