Don’t count on seeing Yannick Djalo or Steven Lenhart on the field for the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. At training on Friday afternoon, head coach Mark Watson ruled the injured attackers out for the team’s upcoming contest agaisnt the Portland Timbers.
“They’re getting closer.”
Is next week more likely?
“Yea, I’d say that probably accurate. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing. So, they’re both making progress and we first need to get them back on the training field to make sure they’re fit and sharp and ready to play. I think that day for both of them is getting closer.”
Djalo was wearing street clothes at the team’s practice, but Lenhart was nowhere to be found at the training facility adjacent to the Quakes’ under-construction stadium. There was, however, a new face taking part in San Jose’s scrimmage. The player was wearing No. 35, but Watson wouldn’t offer a name.
“That would be trialist.”
An unnamed trialist?
“Trialist is his first name.”
The coach also dodged a question about a possible new face. There have been published reports about the club signing Uruguayan right back Pablo Pintos, but Watson didn’t feel like sharing any details.
“What was the name?” Joked Watson when asked if there were any updates regarding the rumors.
“Pablo Pintos? Do we know anything about him?”
A spokesman then stepped in to explain that the team was declining comment on Pintos.
“He sounds good. I’ll have to Google him.”
Based on Watson’s jokes about the topic, my suspicion is that it’s only a matter of time before Pintos is inked.
Listen to the full interview with Watson right here: