Bingham Out?

October 10, 2017

In less than one year, Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham went from being on the doorstep of the U.S. Men’s National Team to the bench and probably out the door with the San Jose Earthquakes.

In an article posted on MLSSoccer.com, a source “close to” Bingham relayed information that David would probably not be returning to San Jose, citing interest in clubs from Germany, Belgium, and Scandinavia.

Shortly after Dom Kinnear’s dismissal, new Quakes Head Coach Chris Leitch benched Bingham and opted to play 2016 first-round and Generation Adidas goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

The move to bench Bingham in favor of Tarbell did not bear much fruit. In nine games, Tarbell and his defense have given up 22 goals for a 2.44 goals allowed average. Tarbell has a 61.4% save rate, which ranks near the bottom for MLS goalies, just ahead of Cody Cropper and Clement Diop. By comparison, Bingham had a 1.54 goals against average, and a slightly better 61.7% save rate.

In a post that appeared to be from Bingham’s father in the closed Facebook group “San Jose Earthquakes Discussion” (which was made public by a fan Tweeting the exchange), he stated that “David wants to play, will play, and is waiting to play. But, he has resigned himself to the fact he will never likely step on the field again for the Quakes as long as Jesse [Fioranelli] and [Chris] Leitch are with the Quakes.”

The move is shrewd from a business perspective. Tarbell’s Generation Adidas salary does not count against the Quakes’ salary cap, while Bingham’s salary as a top-flight ‘keeper seriously impacts the team’s cap limit. Letting go of Bingham and signing Quakes prospect J.T. Marcinkowski to a homegrown contract would allow the Quakes to have a larger payroll with which to work and possibly lure more talent to San Jose.

The Quakes are currently ranked eighth in the West and are tied with RSL with 42 points. Both teams sit just on point behind Dallas and Houston for the final two playoff spots.

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