The San Jose Earthquakes may be struggling, but are not willing to quit on this season yet, making a bold move to sign U.S. national team center back Clarence Goodson from Danish side Brondby.
The Quakes, coming off a Supporters' Shield-winning season, have had their back line be a major part of their disappointing season so far as the club has conceded 25 goals, with only D.C. United and Chivas USA conceding more. Goodson, one of the top four center backs in the U.S. men's national team rotation, should be able to help rectify that problem.
“We’re very excited to have Clarence join us,” Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson said in a club statement. “He brings a lot of experience both in MLS and internationally. He has great leadership qualities and will be a fantastic addition to our back four.”
Goodson, 31, began his professional career in MLS with FC Dallas in 2004, and the Earthquakes had his rights because they selecting him in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft, allowing Goodson to circumvent the MLS allocation order. He declined to join the club at that time and spent six years in Europe having two three-year stints with Scandinavia sides IK Start in Norway and Brondby. Goodson also has plenty of international experience having been a part of the U.S. national team since 2008 and making 36 appearances for the Stars and Stripes.
San Jose currently sits just above last in the Western Conference in eighth place. The Earthquakes are just four points away from the Vancouver Whitecaps, who occupy the conference's final playoff spot in fifth, but have played two more games.