After another loss, the Quakes are heading towards their worst season in team history. Changes must be made in order to truly avoid that distinction.
Barring any major player or front office shift, only a change in manager seems realistic.

To clarify, it’s unfair to solely pin the blame on Luchi. The manager believes in this team and project despite all the struggles.

It’s difficult to envision any manager succeeding in this current Quakes environment.  The club, from the top down, feels broken, and no manager can fix things. Perhaps the only way to fix this club is a foundational change at the top.

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Even though the majority of these struggles don’t stem from Luchi, a change has to come. The team itself seems to have given up hope, and a new voice is necessary. There are options available for the Quakes as well, so it’s not the worst of situations.


Another season went to waste for the Quakes.

Now, for yet another year, fans brace for another new project.


The Quakes job is a poison pill, no matter the manager. Luchi obviously understood this when he accepted the job, but the issues haven’t gone away.

Until Luchi accepted the job, the Quakes had made the playoffs twice in the span of ten years. Over that time, managers and projects changed almost yearly with little success. Just like their jerseys, the team chose different identities every few years.

One year, it would be old MLS signings of veterans who were dumped by bigger clubs. The next would be Fiorinelli’s vision full of interesting international players, then it was Leitch’s modern MLS approach.

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No plan can be identified by anyone, so managers are forced to build something out of nothing. This bogs down managers, making them work from behind with little support. Of course, there’s no stability because how can there be?

Even more, the most recent manager that they had, Almeyda, has gone on to succeed in Greece. As the rest of MLS transitions into the new era, the Quakes continue to fall behind. For the rest of the league, the team in San Jose is holding them back.

Perhaps the worst part is that the front office’s plan makes sense and works. The signings fit into the new MLS, and building on the pipeline with the academy is the correct path. Again, without a more solid core, this plan will never bear fruit.

At the heart of the Quakes is a deep pit that has sunk the club since 2012. Unless there is a fundamental shift in operation, this club will continue to sink. 


As unfair as it might seem, Luchi needs to go for the sake of this team. One win since last season is not worthy of the job, and there needs to be a breath of fresh air.

A slide continuing since August is concerning, but the lack of any improvements on the pitch might be even more. To Leitch’s credit, the roster put together can be competitive in MLS. An inability to make this roster anything other than a playoff side should be a fireable offense. 

Like Almeyda, Luchi’s adherence to his system is his undoing. However, unlike the Argentine, Luchi refuses to give up on this team. That is his biggest strength: he cares about this team and project.

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Recent games prove that he is not the manager to dig this team out of its hole. Perhaps no manager can.

Discussing potential replacements for Luchi feels a little wrong. First, it feels bad for Luchi, but also appointing a new project leader now feels impossible. Likely, if Luchi is shown the door, the team will wait until December to announce the next full time manager.

In the meantime, Ian Russel would make a fascinating interim manager, given his time with Reno. He’s already coached a number of the players and been a part of an impressive coaching staff. Russel, long tapped for a manager role, gives the Quakes a low-risk, high-reward option in the interim.

Saying goodbye to Luchi feels both too soon and wrong. However, it may be the only thing to save this season.


Fans shouldn’t have to endure the roller coaster from hell that the Quakes have been on since 2012.  One project after another with new managers changing by the season is not sustainable.
This season may be lost, but it’s imperative that this team is pulled out of the spiral threatening the future. 

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