SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed midfielders Eric Calvillo and Gilbert Fuentes to new multi-year contracts.
Calvillo, 21, signed with the Earthquakes ahead of the 2018 season after a stint with the New York Cosmos. He has since made three starts in five total MLS appearances for San Jose. Calvillo earned MLS Team of the Week honors after his first career start in October of 2018, helping the Quakes keep a shutout against the Colorado Rapids.
“Eric is a player that we believe in,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We’re excited that he is committed to the club and to the direction we are headed. He plays a role where experience matters, which is why we want to provide him an opportunity where he can continue to assume more responsibility competitively.”
Calvillo has made 17 starts in 19 total appearances for the club’s USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC over the past two seasons, scoring one goal. He was named to the USL Team of the Week in September of 2018 after scoring the game-winning goal against LA Galaxy II.
The Palmdale native has represented the United States at the U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels. He was on the 21-man roster at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he competed alongside players such as RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams and Chelsea FC’s Christian Pulisic.
Fuentes, 17, originally signed a Homegrown Player contract in January of 2018 at 15 years old, becoming the youngest signing in club history and ninth youngest in MLS history at the time.
“Gilbert is a talented young player that we’re excited to re-sign,” said Fioranelli. “Gilbert has a clear pathway today. He has grown both physically and in confidence under Matias and we look forward to his ongoing progress in the coming seasons.”
Fuentes has made two MLS appearances for San Jose, including his debut at 16 years old in 2018, while playing extensively on loan for Reno. He made seven starts in 11 total appearances for Reno in 2019, recording two assists.
The product of the Quakes Academy has represented the United States at several age levels, most recently helping the U-17s qualify for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes sign M Eric Calvillo and Quakes Academy product M Gilbert Fuentes to new multi-year contracts.