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FEATURE: Florian Jungwirth seized his opportunity, playing key role in team success

Many players on the San Jose Earthquakes have gotten league-wide exposure during their run of success, including Chris Wondolowski, Vako, Cristian Espinoza and Jackson Yueill. One key player that perhaps isn’t being celebrated as much as he’s deserved is defender Florian Jungwirth.

After a brutally difficult preseason with all 11 spots on the line, Jungwirth was not selected as one of the team’s two starters at center back. Instead, the tandem of Georgian Guram Kashia and Panamanian Harold Cummings led the Quakes out on opening day and each of the three matches that followed.

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A lower leg injury sustained by Guram Kashia on March 30 led to an opening in the starting lineup the following week against Portland.