Since rumors broke that San Jose would be acquiring an Argentine playmaker, we’ve done our bit of speculating how Matías Pérez García would fit with Chris Wondolowski at the top of the Earthquakes’ formation. At Friday’s introductory press conference, San Jose gave us a “not so fast,” with `Quakes head coach Mark Watson saying the new Designated Player would likely provide a wide-to-in presence on the right.
“He’s primarily been playing on the right-hand side, coming in and adding numbers to midfield,” Watson said, according to the league’s web site. “The one thing that is pretty reassuring is that, tactically, the way we do things is exactly how it was [for Perez Garcia] in Argentina. So I think there’s a level of comfort there and familiarity, that tactically there’s not a huge change.”
It provides a pretty clear picture of how San Jose will set up. Wondolowski and Yannick Djaló will persist up top, with Steven Lenhart and Alan Gordon (when healthy) mixed in. Shea Salinas will continue on the left, while Pérez García will come in from the right, likely doing much of his damage through the middle of the park.
When that damage starts is a different matter. As of yesterday, Pérez García’s availability was in doubt, with the death of Argentine federation president Julio Grondona slowing down operations in the AFA office. Until Pérez García’s international transfer certificate is received, he can’t play for San Jose.
Even if he is available, it’s a big ask to expect a huge contribution tonight against visiting Seattle, but in front of what’s expected to be a huge crowd at Levi’s Stadium, Mark Watson may be able to provide a brief glimpse of what his team will look like going forward.
We know how they got here, but an interesting question is which moment will live in your memory when you’re reminded of Leicester’s run?
Game 5 — Dyer win Derby in stoppage
It had been a remarkable early season for Claudio Ranieri‘s troops when the Foxes came back from a 2-0 deficit against Midlands rivals Aston Villa, and substitute Nathan Dyer capped off the 3-2 win in style.
Game 14 — Vardy sets a Premier League record
Ruud van Nistelrooy taking a backseat to Jamie Vardy was unfathomable even a month beforehand, but Vardy’s goal gave him a Premier League record 11-straight matches with a goal (and all in one season). Not bad for the man deemed too old by a 2.Bundesliga team.
Game 25 — Blowout at the Etihad
Certainly many had this date circled as the beginning of a downturn for Leicester, but Riyad Mahrez dazzled while Robert Huth scored a pair of goals in a 3-1 ride past Manchester City on the road. It was on.
Game 27 — Ulloa starts earthquakes
Leicester looked destined to somehow find a draw from a dominant performance when Leonardo Ulloa lifted the Foxes to a late win over Norwich, causing mini earthquakes at the King Power Stadium.
Game 34 — Chaos at King Power
A game easily categorized in short, insane outbursts, or just the name Jon Moss
Vardy sent off for diving ?!? Penalty to West Ham for what?!? Penalty to Leicester for what?!?
LONDON (AP) The English Football Association has charged Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth with violent conduct after they clashed during a Premier League game at the weekend.
Fellaini reacted to getting his hair pulled by Huth by appearing to strike the defender with his elbow as they jostled at a set-piece during the 1-1 draw between the teams on Sunday.
“We want to continue to build,” he told SSN HQ’s Rob Dorsett. “When I came here, the project was to build a very good foundation and slowly, slowly to grow up together in three to four years to fight for the Europa League and slowly come to fight for the Champions League.
“Now the season is out of our project but of course, the foundation is very solid. We know very well we have to fight for the position but we want to do our best. I’m positive and I want to fight.”
You’ll probably say he’s continuing a pattern of being sly — lowering sunglasses — like a fox, as Ranieri started 2015-16 wanting 40 points, then the Top Four, before finally admitting the title was an option.
You think he’s going to claim he’ll repeat? You can cue The Who, because Claudio… we won’t get fooled again.