San Jose Earthquakes: GM Fioranelli gets new contract, Fox steps down as president

Despite failing to make the MLS playoffs the last two seasons, general manager Jesse Fioranelli was given a new multi-year contract with the club.

The Quakes made the playoffs in Fioranelli's first season, losing, 5-0, to Vancouver the 2017 Knockout Round, but fell the next year to 4-21-9, finishing with their worst record in their history.

Fioranelli brought in Argentine Matias Almeyda, who turned the Quakes around, getting them in playoff contention before a late-season collapse (six straight losses to end the season and nine losses in the last 11 games).

"Over these past three years," said Fioranelli, "we have learned a lot about ourselves, the kind of club culture we want to cultivate and the standard we expect from ourselves. Together, we want to serve our fans and our community in a way that makes them proud about the club we all love.”

Fioranelli and chief operating officer Jared Shawlee will report directly to the Earthquakes board of directors following the departure of president Tom Fox, who stepped down from his role after his two and a half years at the helm.

Fox had taken over as the Quakes' president when Dave Kaval left to take charge of the Oakland Athletics, also owned by John Fisher.

The Quakes have been seeking a new stadium-naming partner since Avaya filed for bankruptcy. The contract ended after the 2018 season, and the stadium name was changed from Avaya Stadium to Earthquakes Stadium after the 2019 season. The Quakes have also not had a jersey sponsor since Sutter Health's three-year deal expired at the end of 2018.

Fox’s duties will be divided among several club executives on the business side of the organization, including executive vice president Jed Mettee, vice president of strategy Ian Anderson and Shawlee.

“With Tom’s departure," said Fisher, "we have built out a new leadership team at the club that we are very confident in. They will work very closely with our board as we head into the 2020 season.”

In other front-office news ...

-- Technical director Chris Leitch, head scout Bruno Costa and director of methodology Alex Covelo all signed new multi-year contracts.

2020 MLS Roster:
Goalkeepers (5): Matt Bersano, JT Marcinkowski, Emi Ochoa, Andrew Tarbell, Daniel Vega
Defenders (9): Jacob Akanyirige, Tanner Beason, Florian Jungwirth, Guram Kashia, Nick Lima, Marcos Lopez, Paul Marie, Tommy Thompson, Casey Walls
Midfielders (11): Eric Calvillo, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza, Luis Felipe, Carlos Fierro, Gilbert Fuentes, Siad Haji, Judson, Vako, Shea Salinas, Jackson Yueill
Forwards (4): Cade Cowell, Danny Hoesen, Andy Rios, Chris Wondolowski.

1 comment about "San Jose Earthquakes: GM Fioranelli gets new contract, Fox steps down as president".
  1. Ben Lukas, January 11, 2020 at 7:53 a.m.

    Gee Mr Fiorellie, does the team need more goalkeepers than forwards?

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