San Jose Earthquakes manager Dominic Kinnear says that he is likely to utilise a similar squad in order to retain the identity of the team for the upcoming season friendlies. The MLS takes a small break in order to welcome teams like Manchester United and Real Madrid to North America. The International Champions Cup will provide a lot of exposure for MLS clubs to such high profile teams. Over the years, this tournament has gained a lot of respect and it has primarily been because of MLS clubs utilising their full strength teams. Kinnear admits that this will be difficult at the current point due to the several injuries faced by his team.
Further, San Jose Earthquakes have also lost a number of players to international duty over the last few weeks. Kinnear does not expect the situation to improve ahead of the friendlies with the likes of Club America and United. The club will have to focus on these friendly matches that will happen in between the MLS game against LA Galaxy. This is undoubtedly one of the biggest games during the season and one that could potentially decide their entry into the play-offs. Right now, the club are just outside the top six.
“You always want to try to have guys in the position where they’re the most comfortable. To have somebody play out of position in these types of games would be a bit of a mistake. You want guys to get minutes, you want them to get chances for confidence, but also you want to keep them hungry. It won’t be like, the guys who have been playing [as one whole unit] and then the guys who. I think we’ll try and mix and match, because somewhere down the line, we’re going to need those guys to play with each other,” said the manager.