Matias Almeyda will return to San Jose Earthquakes in 2020

Matias Almeyda isn't going anywhere.

The Argentine, whose high-energy approach turned the San Jose Earthquakes around after one of the most dismal seasons in MLS history, confirmed on Wednesday that he will be back in 2020.

The announcement followed reports that powerhouse Monterrey, in search of a coach following the departure of Argentine Diego Alonso, was trying to lure Almeyda back to Mexico.

Almeyda held a press conference three days after San Jose was eliminated from playoff contention and said his mind was with the Quakes and his players.

Almeyda came from Guadalajara, where he led Chivas to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League title and was tasked with rebuilding the Quakes, who finished last in MLS with a 4-21-9 record.

The Quakes lost their first four games under Almeyda, extending a winless streak to 12 games dating back to 2018. But once San Jose players adapted to the the man-to-man marking system Almeyda introduced, the Earthquakes went on a roll, going 11-3-4 in their next 18 games.

The Quakes often ran teams off the field. In back-to-back games on the road in July -- both 3-1 wins -- they outshot the Galaxy, 32-5, and Vancouver, 32-6, to set an MLS record for shots in back-to-back games (64).

What was remarkable was that San Jose was winning without a major overhaul of the last-place team from a year earlier.

But the Quakes suddenly went cold after the MLS All-Star Game,going 0-3-1 in their next four games. Almeyda was handed an additional two-game suspension (three games total) after being red-carded during the fourth game, a 4-0 loss at LAFC.

The Quakes won their next two games but didn't pick up a point after Almeyda's return, losing six games in a row in all and finishing in eighth place.
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