SAN JOSE, Calif. — The biggest question for the San Jose Earthquakes heading into preseason was whether they would have the defensive depth needed to compete against the high-profile attackers added this off-season throughout MLS. On Tuesday, the Quakes found their answer.
After an on again, off again recruitment that began over a year ago, the Earthquakes announced that they have signed Mexican centerback Oswaldo Alanís on a one-year loan from Liga MX side Chivas de Guadalajara using Targeted Allocation Money. Alanís will occupy an international spot on the Quakes’ roster, pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC.
“We are thrilled that Oswaldo will be joining us,” Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in a statement. “He’s a gentleman as a person and a winner as a player. Over the past 18 months, we’ve been patiently awaiting the right window of opportunity to work with him and when it presented itself, all of us felt the time to get it done is now. We’re fortunate to be able to reinforce our team with a left-footed center back that possesses his game intelligence, defensive qualities and wealth of experience playing at the highest levels for both Chivas and the Mexico National Team.”
Alanís, who turns 31 in March, arrives in San Jose following a short stint with Chivas, his second with the storied Mexican club. Since July, he made 10 appearances, all starts, and scored two goals during the recent Liga MX Apertura season. He joins veterans Guram Kashia and Florian Jungwirth as the most seasoned centerbacks on the Earthquakes roster.
In his first spell with Chivas, Alanís played for current Earthquakes head coach Matías Almeyda. Together, the two won five titles in all competitions, with Alanís making 67 appearances and scoring 7 goals and adding 4 assists.
“Oswaldo is a player that can add a lot from the human element as well as in football,” Almeyda said in a statement. “I had the chance to coach him for two and a half years, and his position is where we have the fewest players. My hope is that he shows the same level he showed when I coached him previously.”
Alanís was named to the 2018 Concacaf Champions League Best XI as Chivas won the title against Toronto FC. He parlayed his success into a move to Spain, where he first signed with Getafe before settling in at Real Oviedo. A year later he was back in Guadalajara after parting ways with the La Liga second division club.
The Morelia native earned his first cap for the Mexico National Team in 2014 and has scored twice for El Trí in 23 appearances, his most recent against the USA in September 2018. He is only the third player with Mexico National Team experience to sign with the Earthquakes and the first since Francisco Uribe in 1998. He joins fellow countryman Carlos Fierro on the current Quakes squad.