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FEATURE: Who will make the jump for San Jose in 2020?

The fact that the San Jose Earthquakes rose from the depths of the Major League Soccer standings in 2018 to within a game of the playoffs in 2019 is well documented. This is made even more noteworthy given only 20% of field-player minutes were given to newcomers this past season.

Obviously, the additions of key players like Cristian Espinoza and Judson – both of which are returning on permanent transfers – made an impact on the club, but much of the rise can be attributed to holdover players taking a big step forward in 2019.

Jackson Yueill, still only 22, went from talented-but-unproven prospect to bona fide starter.