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Free agent Chad Barrett chooses Earthquakes

Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports
Photo by Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports

The San Jose Earthquakes remained quiet early this offseason, but have added a proven forward before the start of the new year.

Late on Monday, the Earthquakes announced the signing of Chad Barrett, who made the move via the new free agency market in MLS. He joins the likes of Justin Mapp (Sporting Kansas City) and Drew Moor (Toronto FC) to sign with new clubs as free agents this winter.

“I’m very happy to be continuing my career with San Jose,” Barrett said in a club-released statement. “I’m excited to join (head coach) Dominic Kinnear and (general manager) John Doyle and the great group of guys they have over there and am looking forward to helping the team any way I can.”

While Barrett didn’t start regularly for the Seattle Sounders in 2015, he performed well up front when called upon. He finished with five goals in 18 appearances.

Barrett, 30, has been in the league 11 years, and has scored 56 goals in that time.

What do you think of Barrett signing with the Earthquakes? How will he fare with the club next season? Are there any other free agent targets the Earthquakes should pursue?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Headline should read ” Earhquakes settle on Barrett”
    Really he doesn’t really even warrant a headline. He scored 56 but missed 500 point blank goals. Plus he can’t ever go more than 80 mts in a game. I guess as bench fodder he’s ok. He only has a job thanks to the ever expanding quality diluting MLS

    • I still laugh when I think about the poster on SBI a few months back that suggested, of the many noted flaws Klinsmann possesses, not calling up Chad Barrett was noteworthy and an indication of him not being fit to run the national team.

      Of all reasons to throw stones…this person settled on Chad-freaking-Barrett to be his catalyst. I’ll never cease to be amazed at the “heightened sense of awareness” that comes from arm-chair managers.


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