Major League Soccer

SJ Quakes: Jackson Yueill comments on 'weird' Chris Wondolowski coaching dynamic

Chris Smith
Wondolowski is back at San Jose as a coach.
Wondolowski is back at San Jose as a coach. / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

After 401 games, 176 goals, two Supporters' Shield titles, and many individual accolades, Chris Wondolowski called time on his playing career at the end of last season.

But, of course, the former striker is back at PayPal Park as part of interim boss Alex Covelo's coaching staff following the departure of Matias Almeyda.

Wondolowski has shared the field with most of the players he'll coach in California, which is an interesting dynamic in itself and one that'll take some getting used to.

“It’s definitely weird. I’ve been with Wondo [Chris Wondolowski] for a lot of my career, except for the beginning three months this year," midfielder and United States international Jackson Yueill told reporters.

On how Wondolowski has been getting on guiding his ex-teammates so far, Yueill added: "The first thing I told him was that it’s great to see him back on the field. He has such a great presence, such a great help for myself and the older guys, but especially for the younger guys, the attacking guys to ask him questions, learn from him, get his advice.

"Having him on the field and involved, and around the team again, I think brings a lot more energy to the team and to the club. We love what he has done for us in the past and how much he’s helped us, and we know his influence is spectacular. It’s awesome to have him back."

All sentiment aside, Wondolowski has a job on his hands assisting Covelo in turning fortunes around in San Jose. The Quakes are the only remaining winless side in MLS and have taken just three points from seven games so far, conceding a whopping, league-high 17 goals.

New boss Covelo has admitted his players are feeling the pressure as they search for their first victory, but that spirits remain high within the camp.

“The guys really want to win and to try to have a great game. I think they deserve it," he said.

"There is pressure in every game and each MLS match is important and carries the same pressure. Obviously, you’ll start feeling it when you haven’t won a league game, but the boys are doing great, they have been training well. It’s a fantastic group.”

The Quakes host the Seattle Sounders this Saturday.