Quakes Give GM Doyle Contract Extension

Quakes Give GM Doyle Contract Extension
August 25, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Aug. 25, 2010EARTHQUAKES PAGE

SAN JOSE The SanJose Earthquakes announced today that they have signed General Manager ofSoccer Operations John Doyle to a contract extension for the 2011 season. Theextension includes an option for 2012. Doyle was originally named generalmanager on Oct. 3, 2007.From an expansion team in2008, John Doyle has done an excellent job building the club from the groundup, said Earthquakes President Michael Crowley. He has built astrong team for this season that is in the heart of the playoff race right nowand there is also a very strong foundation for the future. John also deserves alot of credit for getting our youth academy started this season.Doyleoversaw the return of San Jose to the field in his role as general manager since 2007. He wasinstrumental in the hiring of Frank Yallop as head coach in 2007 and thebuilding of the team staff. Doyle and that staff oversaw a very successfulreturn to San Jose as the Earthquakes posted more wins (8) and points (33) than anyother expansion team in the past decade. After a slow start to 2008, herevamped the roster with the signings of English star Darren Huckerby,Brazilian Francisco Lima and trades for Scott Sealy and Arturo Alvarez. The team made arun for the playoffs that ended in the second-to-last game of the year.Iam thrilled to continue my role here with the Earthquakes, said Doyle.I would like to thank the ownership group for their commitment to thisteam, especially for the construction of the first-class Nutrilite TrainingFacility this year and thesupport tocreate our own youth academy.We have worked hard for the past three years and I believe that we have built asolid foundation to be a successful team year in and year out in MLS.Followingan injury-plagued start to the 2009 season for the Earthquakes, Doyleoverhauled the team again during the summer transfer window as the Quakes put togethera solid finish to the season. The core of that team, including 2010 MLSAll-Star Bobby Convey, has been the key to San Joses resurgence as a playoff contender in 2010. Prior to thisseason, Doyle oversaw one of the most successful drafts in team history, as headded three players, including 2010 Rookie of the Year candidate Ike Opara. Healso added key performers Joey Gjertsen and Jon Busch to the roster. The Quakesequaled their best start in team history (5-2-1) this year and the much-improveddefense currently ranks fourth in the league in goals allowed.Recently,he made one of the biggest transactions in club history, signing Brazilian starGeovanni on Aug. 20. Geovanni, who is the teams first designated playerin team history, has played for FC Barcelona, Benfica, Manchester City and Hull City in his career. He made his debut on Aug. 21 in the teams1-0 win over the LA Galaxy.UnderDoyles guidance, the team also launched the Earthquakes Youth Academy in 2010 with US Soccer Academy teams at the U18 and U16 levels.The academy made its debut at the 2010 SUM Cup at the MLS All-Star Game in Houston.Doyle,a native of Fremont, has been involved with the Earthquakes organization every yearsince 1996. He played and served as captain from 1996-2000. From 2001-03, heserved as an analyst on the teams television broadcasts before moving tothe sidelines as an assistant coach for the 2004 and 2005 seasons.--Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

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