It could just be a busy transfer window for the San Jose Earthquakes.
At least, that was what head coach Mark Watson seemed to suggest following San Jose’s 1-0 loss to Chivas USA on Wednesday night. The shutout, which marked the third MLS game in a row in which the Quakes have been held scoreless, dropped the club into last place in the Western Conference standing.
“We’re certainly looking,” said Watson of the approach that the Quakes will take on the transfer market.
Throughout the 2014 season, Watson hasn’t had many options when it comes to selecting his team.
“It’s been a challenge. I don’t know if we’ve had the same lineup two games in a row this season. So, it feels like we’re always trying to scramble to put something together. But it is what it is.”
As for potential reinforcements, a substitute striker, a new right back and a creative midfielder are just some of the positions that should be on the shopping list.
During Watson’s press conference following the dismal showing against Chivas USA, the bullet point was clear: the squad definitely needs to get better.
“You know obviously the transfer window opens up on July 8 and we’re looking. We need to get better. We need to have more competition in the squad for places, you know, because I think that’s important.”
“I think we’re always looking to get better, but we’re definitely looking to get better once the window opens.”
Two to three impact purchases will likely be needed if the Quakes are going to climb back into the playoff race in the Western Conference.