Q&A: Earthquakes gerente general Jesse Fioranelli discute el rápido ascenso de San Jose

Realizó y traducido por Nick Eilerson

Una racha de suerte imprevista. Una afición revitalizada. Una dormida franquicia de repente en posición por los playoffs.

No, no hablamos de los Giants de San Francisco. El equipo profesional más caliente del Bay Area este verano ha sido el San Jose Earthquakes, un antiguo hazmerreír que solamente necesitaba unas semanas para transformarse en uno de los clubes más fuertes de Major League Soccer.

El Earthquakes ha perdido solo dos veces desde el 11 de mayo, reanimándose bajo el liderazgo de nuevo entrenador Matías Almeyda para establecerse como contendiente legítimo con menos de dos meses quedando en la temporada de 2019. La derrota por 2-1 del pasado fin de semana en Colorado cayó San Jose al cuarto lugar de la Conferencia Oeste, pero eso le deja firmemente en caza de los playoffs con un juego de carretera ante Sporting Kansas City esta noche de sábado.

El 3 de agosto, el Chronicle realizó una entrevista exclusiva con Earthquakes gerente general Jesse Fioranelli. Ahora en su tercer año con San Jose, el nativo de Suiza de 39 años está disfrutando del resurgimiento de su club después de sufrir una temporada desastrosa de 2018 en la cual el Earthquakes terminó en último lugar con un récord de 4-9-21, lo peor registro en la historia del club.

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Q&A: Earthquakes GM Jesse Fioranelli discusses San Jose’s rapid rise

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An unforeseen hot steak. A reinvigorated fan base. A dormant franchise suddenly catapulted into playoff contention.

No, we’re not talking about the San Francisco Giants. The Bay Area’s hottest pro team this summer has been the San Jose Earthquakes, a former laughingstock that needed mere weeks to morph into one of the strongest clubs in Major League Soccer.

The Earthquakes have lost just twice since May 11, rallying behind first-year coach Matías Almeyda to establish themselves as legitimate contenders with less than two months left on the regular-season docket. Last weekend’s 2-1 defeat in Colorado dropped San Jose (11-8-5) to fourth place in the Western Conference, but that leaves them firmly in the playoff hunt with a road game against Sporting Kansas City on tap Saturday night.

On Aug. 3 the Chronicle conducted an exclusive interview with Earthquakes General Manager Jesse Fioranelli. Now in his third year with San Jose, the 39-year-old Switzerland native is enjoying his club’s resurgence after enduring a disastrous 2018 campaign that saw the Earthquakes finish in last place with a 4-21-9 record, the worst mark in franchise history.

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Revitalized San Jose Earthquakes ride MLS’ surging wave of Latin American talent

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Carlos Fierro glanced toward the field at Avaya Stadium and flashed a wry smile. The Mexican midfielder had just been asked about his reception from fans of the San Jose Earthquakes, the team that signed him June 25.

He didn’t hesitate.

“I’m really happy with how the fans welcomed me,” Fierro said in Spanish. “There are a lot of Mexicans here that embraced me, and some Americans, too.” Continue reading Revitalized San Jose Earthquakes ride MLS’ surging wave of Latin American talent

U.S. women’s soccer team overcomes slow start in World Cup tuneup

For much of Sunday’s friendly against South Africa at Levi’s Stadium, the U.S. women’s national team hardly looked like the defending World Cup champion. There were sloppy giveaways, poor touches and missed chances galore. It took the Americans 37 minutes to put a shot on frame.

The Americans’ cohesion did come into sharper focus with each passing minute, and they pulled out a 3-0 win. It was a positive result for their first game after coach Jill Ellis finalized the 23-member roster ahead of next month’s World Cup in France.

“The World Cup games, they don’t always start perfectly,” Ellis said. “It’s about the ability of a team to get better in a game and grow in a game.” Continue reading U.S. women’s soccer team overcomes slow start in World Cup tuneup

Tiger is back. And I need a nap.

I didn’t feel a thing when Tiger made the final putt. No, really. My body was depleted, my mind a thick sludge slushing inside a steel crate in zero gravity. I got four hours’ sleep last night and woke up at 6:05 a.m. California time, because an unprecedented Masters schedule moved Sunday’s final round up several hours to avoid thunderstorms in central Georgia.

And because Tiger. Nostalgia. History. Destiny. Magic. It was possible that all of it could come together in one moment, an inconceivable array of disparate circumstances, emotions and characters converging into a sporting supernova that would transcend golf and reverberate around the world. It was possible.

Over the top? Yes. The way I felt? No! I was dog tired, man. That is until…

The release. The sweetest release ever witnessed on a golf course.

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Kevin Durant gazes into his potential Chase Center future: ‘The possibilities’

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Kevin Durant strolled across the dirt floor at Chase Center on Friday afternoon, his rented size-18 work boots slowing to a halt near a spot that approximated mid-court. Then the Warriors’ superstar forward looked toward the rafters, mouth agape, and contemplated his future.

Durant signed a two-year, $61.5 million deal with Golden State this summer, but he carries a player option for the 2019-20 season. That option allows the nine-time All-Star to either move elsewhere or ink another deal with the Warriors.

For now, though, Durant brushed aside questions about his future, instead leaving the phalanx of reporters and team dignitaries encircling him with a cryptic thought as he gazed upward.

“My imagination is going wild right now,” he said. “The possibilities.” Continue reading Kevin Durant gazes into his potential Chase Center future: ‘The possibilities’