The San Jose Earthquakes have signed American striker Cam Weaver, who joins the Earthquakes on a transfer from Norwegian club FK Haugesund, sources have confirmed to SBI.
The 6-foot-4 forward is ready to return to the United States after spending two years in Norway, where he compiled 10 goals for the Norwegian second division club.
San Jose spent the better part of the past week trying to hammer out an agreement on a transfer fee with the Norwegian club, and completed the deal to land the 25-year-old forward on Monday. The team is expected to announce the signing once all the necessary paperwork is processed by MLS.
Weaver first made a name for himself after scoring 18 goals as a rookie with the Seattle Sounders in 2006. The strong season earned him USL rookie of the year honors and led to Weaver being sold to Haugesund. Weaver endured a persistent groin injury and ankle injury that limited him to 18 matches in the 2007 season, but still managed seven goals in league play.
Haugesund finished in seventh place in the Norwegian second division in 2008. Weaver enjoyed a strong second season in Norway, notching nine goals in 25 league matches.
Weaver should help give the Earthquakes the target striker they so desperately need. Last season, Ryan Johnson was the only forward on the roster to score more than three goals (he managed five). Weaver's size and finishing ability could make him the perfect target for San Jose's midfield trio of Darren Huckerby, Arturo Alvarez and Shea Salinas.
What do you think of this acquisition. Like it for San Jose? Surprised some other team didn't pounce on him? Disappointed he didn't stay in Europe? Can Weaver be the double-digit goal scorer the Earthquakes desperately need?
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