The Los Angeles City Football Club drafted Quakes’ forward Marco Ureña during today’s MLS Expansion Draft. While Ureña could return to San Jose, the Quakes would have to trade for his rights. For all intents and purposes, Marco is no longer a Quake.
Leaving Ureña on the table while protecting David Bingham is puzzling. The Quakes exercised options on Andrew Tarbell and Matt Bersano, while signing prospect J.T. Marcinkowski to a homegrown contract to fill their goalkeeping corps. Bingham never played for San Jose after the San Jose’s win over the Columbus Crew on August 5th. Either the Quakes were hopeful to trade Bingham’s rights, or were simply screwing over Bingham to prevent him from being drafted by the newest West-Coast opponent. However, the move to protect Bingham may have backfired as the Quakes lost a potential starter (Ureña) in favor of a player that probably won’t play in San Jose again.
The Quakes also did not exercise the option for Danny Hoesen, yet retained his expansion rights. If the Quakes fail to make a contract with Hoesen, they will have lost two starting forwards in one off-season. There are rumors that the Quakes are close to signing Magnus Eriksson of the Djurgårdens IF team in Swedens’ top-flight Allsvenskane league, but that would still leave a fairly sizable scoring hole with an aging Chris Wondolowski. Hoesen scored three goals in his last six games as a starter for San Jose.
Ureña made a name for himself as a goal-scorer for Costa Rica, scoring twice against the United States and against Mexico to see Los Ticos through to the 2018 World Cup.
Time will tell if Jesse Fioranelli’s decision to leave Ureña open for LAFC was the correct decision. Ureña will be joining Mexican National Team member Carlos Vela next season, as well as former Sporting KC player Latif Blessing.
Good luck, Marco! And thank you for your service in San Jose!