After finishing second to last in the 2009 MLS season, the San Jose Earthquakes needed a little shake-up in the offseason. This week, the club added two fresh faces to the roster, the more prominant of which is former FC Basel striker Eduardo.
“Eduardo will bring a lot to our club,” said General Manager John Doyle. "He is a physical presence up top with the ability to hold the ball, and he also has great feet. He has proven that he can score goals in quality leagues around the world and we think that he will have success in MLS also.”
Some of those leagues include the Swiss Super League (where he helped Basel win the league title in 2005 and 2008), the French Ligue 1, the Belgian Jupiler League, and the Brazilian Serie A.
The 29-year-old's move will become final when San Jose receives his International Transfer Certificate.
Joey Gjertsen joins MLS from a much closer league: the USL. The Tacoma, Wash. native has played his entire career in Canada, first with the Montreal Impact and then with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
“We are happy to add a very good quality attacking wide player like Joey to our team,” said Doyle. "He strikes the ball very well with both feet and will bring a lot to our team this year and in the future.”
In 2006 Gjertsen helped lead Vancouver to a USL-1 championship victory, winning league MVP honors along the way. Two years later, the midfielder won the league again, this time with Montreal.
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