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Mikael Stahre out, Steve Ralston named interim San Jose Earthquakes coach

July 28, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes head coach Mikael Stahre during the first half against the Real Salt Lake at Avaya Stadium. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

For the second consecutive Monday, there’s a Major League Soccer coaching change.

A week after Sigi Schmid stepped down as LA Galaxy coach, the San Jose Earthquakes have fired Mikael Stahre, along with assistant coach Alex de Crook, the club announced today.

Assistant coach Steve Ralston will be the interim coach for the final six matches of the 2018 regular season.

“I would like to thank Mikael and Alex for their hard work and professionalism this season,” Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in a statement. “Mikael has qualities, both as a person and a coach, that will be missed by players, staff and the front office alike.

“We felt we needed a change and decided that the six remaining games represent an opportunity for all of us to begin heading in a new direction and to evaluate our options actively with a single goal in mind: to strengthen our First Team for the upcoming season and beyond.”

The Swedish-born Stahre, who was hired as the Quakes’ 12th head coach coach on Nov. 24, 2017, was tasked with turning the team around after Chris Leitch led them to a playoff berth a year ago, but the club is having a historically bad season. The first to be eliminated from MLS Cup playoff contention, San Jose is 4-16-8 following a 5-1 home loss Saturday to Sporting Kansas City.

Ralston, a former standout for the New England Revolution, joined the Quakes as an assistant coach in 2015 after four seasons in the same capacity with the Houston Dynamo.

Alex Covelo will serve as an assistant under Ralston, while goalkeeping coach Jyri Nieminen will be retained.

Ralston will make his head coaching debut Wednesday when the Quakes host Atlanta United at Avaya Stadium.

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