Quakes Sign Midfielder Riihilahti

Quakes Sign Midfielder Riihilahti

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On February 23, 2009
  • Aki Riihilahti

Based on reports over in Finland and out west in San Jose, the San Jose Earthquakes are set to sign Finland international midfielder Aki Riihilahti.

According to both reports, the deal is done but just needs to be finalized by the league front office. I would imagine he will be announced sometime early this week by the club.

The 32-year-old has floated around to a few clubs from Crystal Palace in England to German side FC Kaiserslautern. His most recent spell was with Swedish side Djurgårdens IF.

Riihilahti has been a regular for the Finland national side since the late 90s. He’s appeared in 69 games for the Finnish side and has scored 11 goals.

He also is a bit of a writer too, he has columns in a Finnish newspaper called Iltalehti.

Like the signing? I know he isn’t a name that most know of but he could just be what San Jose needs to finish filling out their defensive section of the midfield.