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Earthquakes sign Honduran Bernardez

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The San Jose Earthquakes took a step toward fortifying their back line Wednesday by agreeing to a deal with Honduran centerback Victor Bernardez.

Bernardez, 29, has 52 caps for Honduras. He started in all of Honduras' games during this past summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup and was also a member of the country's World Cup team in 2010. He was most recently property of Anderlecht for the last three years, but he was on loan during 2011 with Lierse in Belgium and Indios in Mexico.

The 6-foot-2 Bernardez is the second Honduran international to join San Jose this offseason after the club traded for FC Dallas' Marvin Chavez a couple of weeks ago. He joins a defensive corps that includes the likes of Ike Opara, Nana Attakora, Steve Beitashour, Tim Ward and Jason Hernandez, and he fills the void left behind by Bobby Burling, who was scooped up by Montreal in the expansion draft.

What do you think of the signing? Think San Jose is headed in the right direction?

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  1. pfft… this guy was playing the the Mexican 2nd division. From what Ives has stated before, the Mexican league sucks in defending which means this guy must really be bad. Terrible pick up by the earthquakes.

  2. I’m guessing that the rumor was based in fact. And, I’m guessing the front office didn’t get a discovery claim in soon enough. The MLS-rumors reports suggested there was a discovery claim question. Sounds reasonable. San Jose had the worse record, so their claim stood. But, I wonder if DC might have gotten him by acting sooner….Don’t know the particulars. Just wondering. I doubt we’ll ever know.

  3. Talented and intelligent player. He trimmed down while in Belgium, so he is much more mobile than he was in his early days. Great free kicks.

  4. Very nice addition by los earthquakes. He played the full 90 in Honduras’ 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the 2010 WC and he played in the scoreless first half of the 2011 gold cup semifinal against Mexico. 29 years old so still some mileage left on his legs.

  5. I remember being impressed with him during this past Gold Cup, physical centerback, with good enough pace and positional sense, if I recall he has a big leg on him, and can hit a nasty shot as well. If he stays healthy and commits he should do well.


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