Defender Andres Imperiale announced he is leaving San Jose. The decision was made in part due to issues that he needs to deal with in his Argentina home. It was just announced that Imperiale signed with Paraguay’s Club Guaraní.
Imperiale’s departure is bitter-sweet. It’s bitter since “Imp Tuna” was a fan favorite, who would often interact with fans on social media, and even invite some fans to his place for an Argentinian BBQ night.
However, Imperiale was also a member of a Quakes defense that tied a club record for the most goals conceded in a season, 60 in total, so his dismissal should be no surprise. The Quakes are in the process of retooling the defense, hence the departure of Imperiale to go along with Cordell Cato, Victor Bernardez, Kofi Sarkodie, Kip Colvey, prospect Matheus Silva, and the trading of David Bingham to the L.A. Galaxy. It appears that Andres had an option on the table in his farewell tweet, but opted not to sign and return to South America.
To take their place, the Quakes have already brought in several defenders, including 15-year-old home-grown Jacob Akanyirige, Sweden’s Joel Qwiberg, and Reno 1868’s Jimmy Ockford. The Quakes defense has a few returning players, including Nick Lima, Francois Affolter, Harold Cummings (who has yet to play a game in a Quakes uniform due to injury), Flo Jungwirth, and probably Marvell Wynne.
Good luck at Club Guaraní, Andres, and thank you for your time in San Jose!