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Earthquakes sign Geovanni as first Designated Player

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The San Jose Earthquakes are within striking distance of a playoff berth and made a move on Monday they will be hoping helps them reach the post-season for the first time since MLS returned to San Jose.

The Earthquakes announced the signing of Brazlian playmaker Geovanni as the team's firsts Designated Player. A midfielder with Hull City last year, Geovanni has had stints with Barcelona, Benfica and Manchester City. A key figure in helping Hull avoid relegation during the 2008/2009 season, Geovanni fell out of favor at Hull during the nightmare that was last season.

San Jose will be counting on Geovanni, 30, to give the team the creative midfield presence the club has been lacking since its debut as a re-born expansion team.

What do you think of the signing? Think Geovanni can help the Earthquakes reach the playoffs? See him struggling in MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. another quality signing by an mls team, as much as i like to rag on mls most teams are doing a good job of bringing in high calibre players and trying to improve

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  2. Let’s not go overboard. As bad as Hull was last two seasons, they had several players who are better than Geovanni. And those players still have contracts in Europe (Hunt, Bullard, Altidore, etc).

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  3. You’ve got to be kidding! Nothing against Geovanni, but he will not be more productive than Henry. As a player, he is simply not in the same class. Henry won the World Cup (top scorer on the winning team), European Championship (top scorer on the winning team), Confederations Cup (tournament’s top goalscorer and he scored the golden goal in the final), UEFA Champions League, La Liga, EPL, Ligue 1, and countless individual awards such as European golden boot (twice), EPL top goal scorer (4 times). He is also France’s top all time goalscorer and is currently third on all the time goal scorer list in the EPL behind only Alan Shearer and Andy Cole despite playing a significant part of his career outside of the EPL (Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona). MLS is lucky to have him. Geovanni has never won any league championship or an individual scoring title. He has one international appearance for Brazil in an official tournament – a loss to Mexico in Copa America.

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  4. He won’t bring in many non-soccer fans. However, anyone who semi-closely follows the European leagues knows who he is and knows he will add a new level of dynamism to the San Jose attack.

    This is a great move for San Jose and the league. 30 years old is still a player who still has a lot of tread on the tires and should provide excitement and an attacking spark.

    I am loving this signing and the Nery Castillo signing since they are younger and hope it is a trend in the future.

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  5. I think the best lineup becomes this. It is a much more offensive minded lineup, but as long as Stephensen can play enough defense and still play those amazing lobs forward, then this lineup has MLS contenders written all over it.

    —–Wondo———Alvarez——-

    ————Geovanni————-

    Convey——————–Gjersten

    ————Stephenson———–

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  6. I’m not saying I’d rather have Giovanni over Marquez, just that I’d rather have a good creative mid over a good DM if they were of equal quality. I was not comparing the players themselves.

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  7. I really liked him at hull, I thought he was head and shoulders above the rest of the team, and one of the only reasons Hull did so well in their first few months, along with the element of surprise, was that he was in great form. As his form started to slip at the end of the season, Hull simply could not find goals. He was the team, he was involved in almost all their goals. So if SJ can keep him happy, he could do it all for them.

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  8. He’s much less of a gamble than Landin. Landin was a gamble on a younger player on the ascending side of his career with not much of a resume. Houston gambled that he would improve a lot. Whereas with Geovanni he already has the proven resume and is still only 30 years old.

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  9. Gjertsen has been solid if unspectacular on the wing. He hustles back on defense and covers well. Holds the ball and passes decently. Makes decent runs. The Quakes have more replaceable players than him. Geovanni would still be a big improvement over him but he would be a bigger improvement elsewhere I think.

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  10. he’s had some issues in the past, including disciplinary. I hope that it works out well for both SJ and MLS, but this is certainly a gamble. He coudl be Landin, or Schelotto. Hopefully we get another schelotto

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  11. Seems like a good pick up. I haven’t seen much of him, but the few games I did see he looked good. Good to see a club like San Jose making an investment in the club with the playoffs on the line.

    And I agree with the poster above, in that I love the influx of talent at both ends of the spectrum. All the DPs on their way in, and the youth signings that several clubs have made. Should help offset the departures of guys like Klejstan, Bornstein and others who will move on to Europe.

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  12. I have disagree. A player of Marquez’ pedigree has much more value to a team like NY, or any MLS squad for that matter. Don’t be so quick to judge based on 2 early sub-par performances, given some time to gel with his new mates he will flourish.

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  13. Hull’s problem was that Brown never put all of their best players — including Geo — on the field at the same time. It was nonsensical. They played much better on the few occassions when that happened. Geo should be a very good pick up — a talent level one or two notches over the typical MLS player. He could be the next David Ferriera, or better.

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  14. I wonder what his salary is. Is it somewhere between 500,000 and 750,000 or 1-1.5 mil bc the later seems high but he is only 30 yrs old and a very talented player.

    I like the influx of DPs, it seems the smaller markets have recognized the need to add a DP to compete with the likes of LA and NY. RSL and Columbus continue to flourish without DPs though.

    I also am loving the influx of academy signings. Dallas signed three a month ago, Colorado signed their first yesterday and DC added another last week to their two starlets in Najar and Hamid. As a Philly fan I have to think they are at a disadvantage without an established youth system but considering the talent in the Philly area they should be able to overcome that.

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  15. He’ll either be what Denilson was to FC Dallas, or what Schelotto is to Columbus. This is a sink or swim type of situation. I predict success.

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  16. They should put this guy on a week-to-week contract. He’ll play well the rest of the season, come into next season as a starter, and be out of the MLS by June.

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  17. Can he play on the wing? Stephenson looked good in his first game.

    ————— Wondo — RJ/Glen ————–

    Convey — Cronin/BMac — Stephenson — Geovanni

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  18. To be fair any talented player was lost at hull, so I don’t read into that too much. I like this signing. Only on question: How will he cope with the the way the game is called?

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  19. When Geovanni was “on” at Hull, he was a fun player to watch – some real spark there, and quality, sort of what the Quakes have lacked.

    My only two worries are: sometimes Geovanni seemed to get frustrated or ticked off… and that won’t do any good; and, well, same as all these DPs and even non-DPs… what injury issues may be hidden from view?

    Real nice choice though, someone brought on for their tactical contribution, not for their famous name & ability to draw fans. Solid way to do it. If it works, the Quakes will play much better and more exciting soccer

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  20. If he can stay healthy, would really love this pick up. I love it already. Geovanni is entertaining to watch with his passing, free kicks and shot attempts. He’ll eventually increase ticket sales as he helps SJ to wins. Good stuff.

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  21. Very good player with flashes of brilliance, but is inconsistent not just game to game, but even within a game (disappears for long stretches)

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  22. He scored some amazing goals with both Man City and Hull as a starter, but would get relegated to the bench later in each season. Not sure why. If he is fit, should be great entertainment for South Bay supporters.

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  23. Smart choice from a football quality standpoint. Not much brand name appeal but he should do well for San Jose on the field.

    Any thoughts on the transfer costs?

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  24. This could be a great pick up.. if he plays at 08/09 form.. he score some brilliant goals while at Hull..

    I was wondering what was going to happen to him when Hull got relegated..

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  25. I agree that this is an excellent signing for San Jose. He’s a very creative and quick player, and should bring some flair that’s often lacking in MLS games.

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  26. Entering on a free, the question is what are they paying him? I read his wage demands in England were pretty substantial; hope that San Jose is not sinking massive money and hopes into just one player…

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  27. if Geovanny can do for San Jose what he did for Hull, they’ll be playing against the likes of Austin Aztex and AC St. Louis every week next year

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