San Jose Signs Clarence Goodson

San Jose Signs Clarence Goodson

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 28, 2013
  • Clarence Goodson

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that the club has signed U.S. Men’s National Team center back Clarence Goodson.

I’ll stress this important note right from the start, they did not sign him through allocation, instead through his player rights that they held from drafting him in the 2007 expansion draft. Yes, they were somehow able to hold on to his player rights for SIX years. Goodson started off his career with FC Dallas in 2004 and was later selected by the Earthquakes in the 2007 expansion draft. He opted not to sign with San Jose at that time, instead he went to Europe to play with IK Start.

I’m still in shock that player rights didn’t expire after six years but hey kudos to the Quakes for the long play in this one. Goodson along with Victor Bernardez easily gives the Quakes one of the best central defensive duos in the league.

I see this move playing out more for San Jose’s run in the CONCACAF Champions League than in league play this season. You could easily make the argument that San Jose’s season is fairly lost at this point as a playoff spot is very unlikely given how the rest of the Western Conference is shaping up. But with a CCL group stage later this fall to deal with, San Jose did the wise move by adding some veteran leadership to their defense.