The San Jose Earthquakes certainly aren’t rushing Tommy Thompson.
The Quakes have been devoid of creative influences through the season, and yet the talented 18-year-old has remained on the periphery of the squad. Thompson has racked up a grand total of one minute of MLS action and also played half of the Copa EuroAmericana game against La Liga giants Atletico Madrid at Candlestick.
Now that Yannick Djalo has once again been sidelined could the door finally be open for Thompson to take his place?
“I think Tommy’s getting close,” explained head coach Mark Watson on Wednesday, just moments after disclosing the news that a quad strain could keep Djalo out of action for up to a month.
“He’s been doing well,” said Watson of Thompson. “We think his progress has been great.”
The attacking midfielder was nowhere to be found at San Jose’s training on Wednesday. As Watson put it, Thompson had some “media stuff” to attend to following the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game on Monday night in Portland. He’s scheduled to rejoin the team on Thursday.
From Watson’s perspective, the simple fact that Thompson made the squad for Quakes 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders at Levi’s Stadium was a crucial step.
“He was on the bench for Saturday’s game which is a statement in itself. I think if he keeps continuing that, we’ll look to bring him in and be a part of things.”
After missing out on training all week, just don’t count on that happening this Friday when the Quakes take on the LA Galaxy in the second installment of the California Clasico at 7:30pm at the StubHub Center.
Listen to the interview with Watson below: