Earthquakes sign USMNT defender Goodson

Earthquakes sign USMNT defender Goodson

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Earthquakes sign USMNT defender Goodson

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By IVES GALARCEP

The San Jose Earthquakes are in rebuilding mode after the departure of head coach Frank Yallop, and Friday saw the reigning Supporters Shield winners add a major piece to their puzzle.

The Earthquakes signed U.S. Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson on Friday, giving the team a standout partner for Honduran centerback Victor Bernardez.

Goodson joins the Earthquakes from Brondy, where he spent one season, and he will join the Earthquakes after playing for the U.S. in this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

“We’re very excited to have Clarence join us,” said Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson. “He brings a lot of experience both in MLS and internationally. He has great leadership qualities and will be a fantastic addition to our back four.”

The Earthquakes held Goodson’s rights after selecting them in the 2007 MLS Expansion draft, when the team first re-entered the league. Goodson’s previous time in MLS was with the FC Dallas, where he spent four seasons before leaving MLS to sign with Norwegian side IK Start.

The 31-year-old centerback helps give San Jose an even stronger aerial presence in the back, and gives the team some depth in central defense, where Jason Hernandez and Nana Attakora also play.

What do you think of the signing? See Goodson helping the Earthquakes turn things around in 2013, or think it’s more a move for 2014?

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