San Jose Earthquakes hire Jesse Fioranelli as new general manager

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The San Jose Earthquakes have announced their new GM, and it’s a surprising one.

Jesse Fioranelli, who has most recently served as an executive at AS Roma, was announced as the new general manager on Thursday. According to a report by ESPN, Fioranelli beat out a litany of other candidates, including US U-20 manager Tab Ramos and current Earthquakes interim GM Chris Leitch.

Fioranelli, who was born in Maryland and went to college in Switzerland, has an analytics background, serving on the analytics and recruitment staff of Serie A club Lazio for three years prior to joining Roma in 2015. He has also spent time on the analytics staff of Turkish club Samsunspor. Fioranelli has also worked a number of years as an agent.

The club also announced that Leitch will remain on the staff as technical director, transitioning back to the role he held before being tabbed as interim general manager.

This hire is surprising not only given Fioranelli’s inexperience in the coaching/managerial realm, but also given the other candidates. Ramos is thought of as a rising talent in the managerial and personnel world, and according to the ESPN report, the other finalists included former Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton and current Mexico Football Federation director of youth national teams Dennis te Kloese.

“We are excited to welcome Jesse to the Quakes family,” Earthquakes president Dave Kaval said in the release. “He has a tremendous, well-rounded resume that immediately impressed us and we believe the team’s technical side is in excellent hands moving forward. The search to find a general manager proved to be lengthy, but we’re happy that the thorough process has led us to a candidate of Jesse’s quality.”