For the first time in over a month, the San Jose Earthquakes were able to put 22 healthy bodies on the Nutrilite Training Facility for an 11-on-11 scrimmage.
Tuesday's practice saw the return of right back Chris Leitch and Brazilian striker Eduardo. Both have battled hip injuries over the last month, but looked sharp during the fast-paced scrimmage. Eduardo scored a goal in the first half and split time with Ryan Johnson in the second. Leitch participated fully, playing every minute at right back.
Leitch's return would be a huge boost to San Jose's depth on defense. Bobby Convey and Brandon McDonald were forced to slide back from the midfield and take over defensive duties against Kansas City and Los Angeles.
Eduardo remains an unknown commodity to Quakes fans and Major League Soccer. After signing with San Jose in the off-season, the former FC Basel forward has appeared in several matches, but can't seem to stay healthy. The transfer window has closed, but a healthy Eduardo could be a significant boost for San Jose in the MLS Playoff race.
Geovanni signed on as San Jose's first-ever designated player last week and looked the part during training. During an 11-on-11 scrimmage, the Brazilian playmaker paired with Khari Stephenson at center mid. The duo got along well, controlling the tempo and creating several scoring chances.
The Quakes had two teams for the 11-on-11 scrimmage with Ryan Johnson and Eduardo splitting time up top. Here's how they lined up:
Blue: Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling, Brandon McDonald, Steven Beitashour, Arturo Alvarez, Trialist, Sam Cronin, Justin Morrow, Cornell Glen, Eduardo/Ryan Johnson
Orange: Alex Horwath, Tim Ward, Jason Hernandez, Brad Ring, Bobby Convey, Omar Jasseh, Geovanni, Khari Stephenson, Joey Gjertsen, Chris Wondolowski, Scott Sealy