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Jesse Fioranelli

General Manager, San Jose Earthquakes

Jesse Fioranelli was announced as general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes on Jan. 5, 2017. Fioranelli possesses a diverse background, having served time in senior positions on technical staffs and club management roles of several top-fight European clubs and more than six years as a player agent.

Before joining the Earthquakes, Fioranelli was a member of the “Direzione Sportiva”, the Sporting Direction unit for AS Roma, where he played an integral role in oversee-ing a comprehensive club management program – The Roma Way – in the areas of player scouting, match analysis, player-centric development and recruitment for the frst team and youth system. Fioranelli was also responsible for further expanding Roma ́s market intelligence and relationship network through-out Europe and Latin America with clubs, agents and federations, including player-development collaboration with Germany ́s National Team ahead of Euro 2016.

With Fioranelli on staff, Roma fnished third in Serie A during the 2015-16 season with a 23-4-11 record, earning a spot in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League Playoff round. That season, the club scored the most goals (83) and suffered the fewest defeats (4) of any team in Italy’s top division. Roma sits in second place in Serie A so far during the 2016-17 season with a 12-4-2 record at the time of his departure from the club.

Prior to joining Roma, Fioranelli was the head of analysis for Lazio from July 2012 to June 2015. In his role, Fioranelli oversaw player and match analysis, scouting and recruitment efforts for the Italian club. He also worked closely with the SS Lazio Academy and recruited the academy’s director. During his stint with Lazio, the Rome-based club won the 2012-13 Coppa Italia, qualifed for the 2013-14 UEFA Europa League, and fnished third in Serie A in 2014-15 (21-11-6), resulting in qualifcation for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League Playoff round. The club’s third-place fnish that season was their highest since 2006-07 and their 69 points earned is their highest ever since Serie A expanded to a 38-game schedule in 2002.

For seven months prior to his stint with Lazio, Fioranelli was the head of analysis for Samsunspor of the Turkish frst division. During this brief time with the Turkish club, Fioranelli was responsible for player scouting during the 2011-12 winter transfer market and conducted pre- and post-game video analysis of every match.

In addition to his extensive background on the team side, Fioranelli also possesses more than six years of experience as a player agent at stock-listed soccer management frm First Artist Plc (London AIM) as well as at the FIO Agency. He represented clients and concluded player transfers throughout Europe, North America and Latin America. Fioranelli also has experience in the private insurance industry, serving high-net-worth and ultra- high-net-worth clientele as a business manager for Zurich Private Banking Solutions throughout Italy and Monte Carlo for one year.

After attending Towson High School in Maryland, Fioranelli attended Franklin College in Switzerland and obtained an MBA from the University of Wales. His recent publication, Why Invest in Italian Football, received special recognition by the Italian Football Federation, FIGC. Fioranelli also delivered the keynote at various sporting conferences in Europe and speaks English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.

 

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Raúl González Blanco

Retired Player, Real Madrid and Spanish National Team

On October 29, 1994, Raúl González Blanco played for the first time with the Real Madrid professional team. He was 17 years old. Several days after that, he scored his first goal in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium against the Atlético de Madrid. It was the first goal of many in a large and successful career.

With his characteristic number 7, Raúl achieved all the goals a soccer player can have. He won three UEFA Champions League, six LaLiga championships, two Intercontinental Cup, one German Cup, one Qatar League and one NASL Soccer Bowl. He played more than 100 international matches with the Spanish national team with whom he participated in three World Cups and one Olympic Games. Amongst his many personal achievements and awards, it can be highlighted two Pichichi (top scorer in one LaLiga season) and the record of top scorer in History in the UEFA Champions League, currently only beaten by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lio Messi. In all the teams he played, he was designated as captain. Besides, he was never sent off with a red card in any official match.

After leaving Real Madrid, he successfully played for Schalke 04 in Germany, Al Sadd in Qatar and New York Cosmos in the USA, where he retired in November 2015, after winning the NASL championship game.

Having played more than 20 years as a professional athlete, Raúl currently works in New York as LaLiga Country Manager, leading its project in the USA. As a Manhattan neighbor, he is committed to the Community development through sport and its values of effort and sacrifice.

 

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Silvestre Jos

Director of Technology Services, La Liga 

Silvestre Jos is LaLiga’s Technology Services Manager. He is responsible for overseeing digital transformation projects and developing technology services provided to the professional soccer clubs LaLiga is made up of with a focus on improving management efficiency and income generation.

Silvestre’s career has been mainly linked to consulting, and prior to joining LaLiga he developed technology-based strategies and business solutions for companies such as Microstrategy, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Indra, among others.

 

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Chris Leitch

Technical Director, San Jose Earthquakes

Chris Leitch was promoted to the club’s technical director in August of 2015, where he works on all aspects of scouting, player acquisition and salary cap and roster management. Leitch served as the interim general manager for the Quakes from August 2016 until January 2017.

Leitch previously served as the technical director for the Earthquakes Youth Development Academy from 2012 to 2015 and helped transform the Quakes’ youth system into one of the premier academies in the nation, which now has upwards of 100 players. In 2015, the Earthquakes U-18 Academy took third place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs. Additionally, the Quakes Premier Development League affliate, Burlingame Dragons FC, fnished their season with a 10-1-3 record (33 pts.), best among 18 teams in the Western Conference.

Leitch also spearheaded the club’s effort to bring in experienced coaches in Paul Holocher and Andre Luiz Moreira to continue the academy’s ascent following the 2015 season. He continues to oversee the youth academy as part of his current role. Additionally, Leitch received his Elite Formation Coaching License as part of Major League Soccer’s partnership with the French Football Federation.

Before joining the Quakes front office, Leitch played professionally in Major League Soccer from 2002 to 2011, beginning his career with Columbus Crew SC. He made a total of 196 appearances during his 10-year career, tallying 14 assists. Leitch helped lead the New York Red Bulls to their first MLS Cup Final appearance in 2008 and later signed with the Earthquakes in 2009, playing in 58 matches with the club over the next three seasons. He was the Earthquakes Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and helped the Quakes reach the conference final in 2010.

Leitch experienced success at the college level as well, captaining the University of North Carolina to a National Championship in 2001, setting school records for career games played (88) and starts (87) in the process.

 

Anthony Passarelli (moderator)

San Jose Earthquakes TV Play-by-Play Announcer

Anthony Passarelli is entering his 4th season as the Earthquakes television play-by-play announcer following two years as the team's radio announcer. The four-time NorCal AFTRA award-winning sports anchor and reporter began his broadcasting career as a news/sports reporter at KPAY in Chico, Calif. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the independent Western Baseball League’s Salinas Peppers, and then sports director for KFBK radio in Sacramento. In 1998, Passarelli joined KCBS radio in San Francisco. He has also provided color commentary and radio play-by-play for San Jose State men’s basketball, Santa Clara University men’s soccer and women's volleyball and is currently the play-by-play voice of Santa Clara men’s basketball. He also has 20-years experience in computer networking as a marketing programs manager at Cisco Systems Inc. Passarelli is a Bay Area native, having grown up in San Jose and attended Bellarmine College Prep. He resides in San Jose with his family.