A day after Sporting KC acquired Mexican Alan Pulido
for a club record transfer, the San Jose Earthquakes paid a club record fee to secure the permanent transfer of 24-year-old
Argentine winger Cristian Espinoza
from Spain's Villarreal.
Espinoza, who had two goals and 13 assists in 2019, was signed to a Designated Player contract. He was a big part of the
Quakes' improved attack.
“Cristian was a very important player for us this year,” Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda
said. “His qualities are not easily
replicated and I’m happy he will continue with us.”
San Jose's pressing game that Almeyda instituted allowed his countryman to start many attacks down the right wing.
“We’re incredibly excited to make Cristian Espinoza a centerpiece of our team moving forward,” general manager Jesse Fioranelli
said in a statement. “He embraces
the spirit of serving his teammates like few do whether it be in front of goal or when in need of support. He had a tremendous impact on our club as well as our fans in 2019 and made it clear
throughout our talks with Villarreal that he wanted to play for San Jose and San Jose only.” 2020 MLS Roster:
Matt Bersano, JT Marcinkowski (HG), Emi Ochoa (HG), Andrew Tarbell, Daniel Vega. Defenders (8):
Jacob Akanyirige (HG), Florian Jungwirth, Guram Kashia, Nick
Lima (HG), Marcos Lopez, Paul Marie, Tommy Thompson, Casey Walls (HG). Midfielders (11):
Eric Calvillo, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza, Luis Felipe, Carlos Fierro, Gilbert Fuentes
(HG), Siad Haji, Judson, Vako, Shea Salinas, Jackson Yueill Forwards (4):
Cade Cowell (HG), Danny Hoesen, Andy Rios, Chris Wondolowski.