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With no new stadium looking likely any time soon and an inability to qualify for the playoffs since expansion in 2008, San Jose Earthquakes fans haven't had too much to look forward to in the past few years.

That could all change with a quick on-field pick-me-up. San Jose announced that it is in negotiations with a potential new designated player signing.

Earthquakes general manager John Doyle confirmed on San Jose's official site that ownership has signed off on the deal and that the potential signing is "a player that has experience in two of the top leagues in Europe."

Sunday night, the club confirmed on its site and through its Twitter account that the player has suited up for Portuguese club Benfica.

That clue leaves the identity of the new signing fairly open, though it narrows the search down a bit. One possibility is former teen sensation Freddy Adu. However, with the international transfer window set to snap closed Monday, a player out of contract is more likely. Possibilities include Portuguese striker Nuno Gomes and former Hull City schemer Geovanni.

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