San Jose Earthquakes open camp, aiming to recapture 2012 magic http://www.mercurynews.com/earthqua...e-earthquakes-open-camp-aiming-recapture-2012 The Earthquakes basically stood pat after their uplifting run to the MLS Supporters' Shield as the team with the best record.Now, in a league full of upgraded rosters and confronting a taxing 2013 schedule, are the Quakes poised for an MLS Cup or a hard dose of reality? Coach Frank Yallop, whose team opened camp for the new season Monday, is clearly expecting the former. "We had some terrific performances, not just individually but collectively as a team," Yallop said. "Why mess with that? This group's a strong group. Why change what's done well in our league? ... Most of the big players from last year are obviously back, and we'll be adding some players to that." I would prefer that Quakes look at strengthing the roster rather than making few changes to the Quakes roster (I.e. adding journeyman players and through the draft). I'm not looking at dramatic changes, but adding just a few more quality players could be the difference between a long playoff run and struggling to make the playoffs. Observing the successful teams in other sports, I believe the teams that were able to continue to compete for a championship on a yearly basis where constantly looking at adding good young talent and quality experienced players. While I believe the Quakes did it last year (add Bernardez who provided experience and Beta, Morrow, and Baca as youth), I still would like to see more for this year. I will hold on to Frank's last line above about about still adding players, but with the starting to training camp, it would be nice to have added another impact player. We can't rely on being the comeback kids again this year, and while we had our fair share of injuries last year, we were fortunate that Cronin and Baca were healthy through the full season. I would specifically like to add more depth in the middle for both positions. I'm pleased with the draft getting a promising central defender, but central defender is a position which usually takes some time with playing with your teammates. Also, we added speed up top which is good. So, we are going in the right direction... Thoughts?