The San Jose Earthquakes are preparing for their "first" season, and under Athletics ownership (building, rather than rebuilding?).
San Jose has an expansion draft, and had the first pick overall in the league-wide amateur draft.
However, according to Quakes management in a Mercury News article from last week:
[Head Coach} Yallop said he wants to build with veterans rather than youngsters, so the Quakes are willing to trade their pick. The team has targeted a dozen MLS veterans of interest, General Manager John Doyle said.
And from this week:
Although the draft offered strong defenders such as USF's Rob Valentino and Stanford's Scott Bolkan, the Quakes were inclined to build with veterans. Yallop said this year's draft doesn't have one great choice. "If you can get a good solid pro, you go with the known instead of the unknown," the coach said.
The last quote stands out for me. I guess Billy isn't really diverted by this new outfit after all?
Notwithstanding the significant differences in league structure and economics between MLS and MLB, and strategies relating to tearing out of the expansion gate, this is still a fairly dramatic philosophical gap between the "parent" club and its little step sister on the surface, no?
GM John Doyle is a Fremont boy, a graduate of Washington High School, mine and Eckersley's alma mater, and home to Dennis Eckersley Field. It wouldn't be outlandish for the Earthquakes to land in Fremont with a permanent stadium solution at the (ever fluid) Cisco Field development, especially considering-until fairly recently- that's who the Fremont City fathers thought they were really luring.