Quakes midfielder/defender Cordell Cato implied via Instagram that he is leaving San Jose for good.
The post reads “Had a lot of fun the last 5 years 😊. Thank you!!!” with a location from the San Jose International Airport, and with pictures of his time in San Jose.
The move is not terribly surprising, especially after his falling out with Trinidad & Tobago head coach Dennis Lawrence prior to their World Cup Qualifier versus the United States in June, and his subsequent falling out with the Earthquakes soon after the hiring of Chris Leitch. Cato’s last game with San Jose was on July 19th, and he was removed from the 18 altogether in all of San Jose’s matches since August 5th, in which the Quakes beat the Columbus Crew 1-0.
Cato transitioned from midfielder to defender this year to shore up a back-line missing two key starters from 2016: Marvell Wynne and Jordan Stewart. He appeared to be playing well, but off-field issues probably cost him playing time for both club and country. Rumors even hinted that Cato returned to Trinidad & Tobago for a time, before returning to San Jose to finish off his contract on the practice squad.
The downside is that Cato is young, just 25-years-old, and has a lot of playing time ahead of him. However, off-field issues, including the Denver incident with Dennis Lawrence and possibly leaving San Jose mid-season, shows that the T&T international still has some maturing ahead of him.
Good luck, Cordell!