- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On January 10, 2008
- 6 Comments
Talk about making a splash as they come back into the MLS. The San Jose Earthquakes (2.0 as some like to call them) have gone out and traded for old Earthquakes netminder Joe Cannon from the Los Angeles Galaxy for a partial allocation.
Wow. I wasn’t at all expecting this deal to come through this quickly. I had heard earlier this week that the Galaxy was looking into trading Cannon away soon but didn’t think it would go down this week.
Cannon started his MLS career with the San Jose Earthquakes in 1999 and stayed with the team until 2002. The same year he played 26 games compiling 13-10-3 record and a 1.10 GAA. en route to winning his first MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award.
In 2001 Cannon started all 25 games in which he appeared, collecting 13 wins and a 1.09 GAA. in the regular season. Cannon was even better in the postseason, going 5-1 with a 0.49 GAA. to lead San Jose to its first MLS Cup title. The same year Cannon was named to the MLS All-Star team for the first time and was a finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for the first time.
This move is a very good one for both sides because I know LA is after a foreign keeper to play with Beckham and Donavan. As for the Quakes you can’t help but think this is the best way to start out, by getting someone who can be a vocal leader in the back and have someone who can win games for you in goal.