His coaching career has taken him to River Plate and Banfield in addition to Chivas. After his contract expired at Chivas after the 2018 Clausura season, Almeyda's name was mentioned as a candidate for the Mexican national team coaching vacancy. He had on Monday he had a longstanding interest in MLS.
“When I left River Plate," he said, "I came to watch preseasons in America. I had an obsession with the United States and the teams here. The sport has grown and the league has
grown here and I believe this could be the best league in the world. There is a seriousness here, there are stadiums and good signings are coming here.”
Almeyda was capped 35 times for Argentina in a career that took him clubs to Spain, Italy, Norway and Uruguay, in addition to River Plate, at which he won three Argentine league titles and the Copa Libertadores.
Interim coach Steve Ralston will remain in his role for the final two matches of the 2018 regular season.
Earthquakes coaches (2008-18):
1. Frank Yallop (2008-13)
2. Mark Watson (2013-14)
3. Ian Russell, interim (2014)
4. Dominic Kinnear (2015-17)
5. Chris Leitch (2017)
6. Mikael Stahre (2018)
7. Steve Ralston, interim (2018)
8. Matias Almeyda (2018)
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