Luchi Gonzalez to bring World Cup-level standard to San Jose: “My philosophy has evolved”

Gonzalez was actually at FC Dallas’ recent 4-1 win over the Earthquakes for US Soccer, just days before officially being named San Jose’s new boss.

“The club were looking for a commitment, they wanted to know early who their coach would be so they could start to plan,” Gonzalez said. “They needed clarity… they needed time to prepare. I understand the timing. I physically cannot be here until January, but obviously in the shadows I will support the growth and the process of planning for next season.”

Gonzalez, who joined Gregg Berhalter’s staff in December, got to experience the end of a successful qualifying campaign and now spearheading the push to the tournament itself, kicking off in November. It is only his second job on a senior staff, after first being head coach of FC Dallas’ first team from 2019-2021. Prior to that, he was FCD’s academy director.

A year under Berhalter with the national team has proven to be integral for Gonzalez’s development. It’s also a role that other successful MLS coaches have previously held, as Berhalter starts to build an impressive recent coaching tree. Nico Estevez left the national team to take over (for Gonzalez) at Dallas, while Josh Wolff left the national team to become Austin FC’s inaugural head coach. Austin are currently second in the West with Dallas in third.

“I’ve evolved now seeing the highest level tactically and the highest level talent with the senior national team,” Gonzalez said. “My philosophy has evolved, it’s natural.”

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