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.
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