By AVI CREDITOR
San Jose Earthquakes general manager John Doyle had promised to bring in international talent prior to the 2010 season.
He appears to be closing in on his biggest piece to that puzzle.
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that the Earthquakes are close to a deal with Brazilian forward Eduardo, a signing that would significantly help a team that finished last in the Western Conference last season.
The 30-year-old is a well-traveled striker, with his most recent stop being with Swiss side FC Basel. He scored 17 goals over the last four years with Basel, helping the team win two league titles.
Eduardo (full name Eduardo Adelino da Silva) has also played for French team FC Toulouse, Belgian side R. Charleroi SC and Brazilian squad Vasco da Gama.
The signing comes days after the Earthquakes added USL midfielder Joey Gjertsen.
Elsewhere in MLS:
DYNAMO KEEP TWO VETERANS
The Houston Dynamo re-signed the talented but injury-plagued Richard Mulrooney and Eddie Robinson to standard MLS contracts Tuesday.
Mulrooney, 33, and Robinson, 31, each missed significant time because of knee surgery last season, but both have showed that, when healthy, they can be key contributors to winning sides. Mulrooney and Robinson are expected to join training camp next week.
LJUNGBERG A NO-SHOW AT SOUNDERS CAMP
As expected, Freddie Ljungberg failed to show at Seattle Sounders FC training camp Monday. Ljungberg, who has claimed to have offers from European teams, has expressed his uncertainty about staying in MLS because of the situation surrounding the collective bargaining agreement.
Time will tell if Ljungberg stays or goes, as the European transfer window will close at the end of the month. He has one more year left on his MLS contract.
(UPDATE- According to Ljungberg's website, he has been given assurances that there would be no work stoppage on Feb. 1 and that he will report to Seattle training camp by Monday.)
Can Eduardo spice up the Earthquakes' attack? Think Houston's backline needs to get younger? Expect to see Ljungberg in MLS this season?
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