MLS Moves: Quakes add keeper Marcinkowski to Homegrown contingent

The San Jose Earthquakes have tweaked another position on their roster along with the coaching staff.

Georgetown and U.S. U-20 goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) will leave school and join the Quakes as a Homegrown Player, the MLS team announced Wednesday.

The Washington Post first reported the move on Tuesday. Marcinkowski, 20, attended the same high school, De La Salle (Danville, Calif.), as teammate Chris Wondolowski and played for the Quakes’ youth academy.

He joins Tommy Thompson and Nick Lima as Homegrown Players on the Quakes’ roster.

According to the Post, he will join the team in January for preseason training.

“J.T. has emerged as one of the brightest goalkeeper prospects in the nation,” said general manager Jesse Fioranelli in a press release announcing the transaction. “He established himself as a regular with the U.S. U-20s and we're excited about his potential as a professional. He is also further proof of the strides that our youth system has made and [we] expect more Academy products to follow in his footsteps.”

Marcinkowski backed up Jonathan Klinsmann, at the time enrolled at Cal-Berkeley and now at Hertha Berlin, at the U-20 World Cup in South Korea last summer after training with Eintracht Frankfurt in April. At Georgetown, he posted a 0.88 goals-allowed average and 21 shutouts in 56 appearances. He was Big East Freshman of the Year in 2015.

San Jose elected not to re-sign former starting keeper David Bingham, whose contract has expired. He took over the No. 1 shirt in 2015 and after starting the first 23 games of the 2017 season lost his starting spot to Andrew Tarbell and didn’t play another game.

Unless the team makes another move in this position it will start the season very young and inexperienced in goal. Tarbell, 24, played 45 minutes as a rookie in 2016 and started 11 league games and one playoff match in place of Bingham last season.

The Quakes have also cut ties with goalkeeper coach Tim Hanley, who had worked for the team in San Jose and Houston for 11 seasons, including the past three.

Two weeks ago, the team announced the hire of Mikael Stahre as head coach and the return of Chris Leitch to his role as technical director. Leitch took over as head coach from Dominic Kinnear halfway through the 2017 season and posted a record of 7-8-2, including a 5-0 loss to Vancouver in the Knockout Round. 
1 comment about "MLS Moves: Quakes add keeper Marcinkowski to Homegrown contingent".
  1. R2 Dad, December 6, 2017 at 9:15 p.m.

    "...will start the season very young and inexperienced in goal." When you get spanked at the play-in round 0-5, all your keepers are under 25 and then you add a homegrown newbie, this is a sure sign Earthquake management has already given up on 2018. But the stadium looks great!

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