SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed midfielder Jackson Yueill to a new multi-year contract.
“When we first selected Jackson, who was among the youngest prospects at the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, we believed he had a lot of potential because of his ability to read the game and his unique technical skillset,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “Today, three and a half years into his professional career, he’s earned the trust and respect of his teammates and coaching staff and has commanded the captain’s armband at a very young age. He has also gained the confidence necessary to be a key player, even in pressure situations, for both San Jose and the U.S. National Team.
“The fact that Jackson has committed to a contract well beyond the 2022 FIFA World Cup while in his prime shows just how committed he is towards our club, the locker room and in particular Matias’ technical direction.”
Yueill, 23, joined the Earthquakes as the sixth-overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft after two years at UCLA. He has since made 80 appearances, 68 starts and tallied four goals and 10 assists.
After making 34 appearances across his first two seasons in Major League Soccer, Yueill enjoyed a breakout year in 2019 under head coach Matias Almeyda. He made 29 starts in 32 MLS appearances, tallying three goals and five assists, all of which were career highs.
“He’s a player that was born and raised in this club and is one of its future leaders,” said Almeyda. “I speak with him a lot and the most important trait he has is that he listens. It’s up to us to keep empowering him so that he continues on his upward trajectory. He’s a national team player and he’s a youngster that has the potential to take an important step to Europe after further developing here in San Jose. He has the qualities to do so and he will be carried by his great humbleness and professionalism.”
Yueill’s emergence in 2019 led to recognition by the United States National Team. He was invited by head coach Gregg Berhalter to a pair of friendlies that served as tune-up matches before the Concacaf Gold Cup and proceeded to start and play 59 minutes vs. Jamaica on June 6 despite being the only player not on the preliminary roster for the upcoming competition.
Yueill has now made seven appearances for the U.S., helping lead the team to a 4-1-1 record in his six starts.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes sign M Jackson Yueill to a new multi-year contract.