San Jose Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson seemed eager to stamp his signature on his team from the first day that he took over from Frank Yallop, and has now made his first addition in the transfer market. The club announced that they have signed European club veteran and United States World Cup squad member Clarence Goodson.
Goodson initially began his career with FC Dallas in 2004, though he was picked up by San Jose when they reentered the league in 2007. The American central defender has spent the last six years playing in Europe with Norwegian side IK Start and Danish side Brondby for three years a piece. “We’re very excited to have Clarence join us,” said Watson. “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 has made 36 appearances for the United States and has been called to his country’s squad for the upcoming Gold Cup, meaning he will not be able to play for the Earthquakes until August 4th when San Jose hosts Chivas USA. “Clarence is a World Cup veteran with a wealth of experience in our league, overseas and at the international level,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle in a statement. “He should be a great addition to our team. He’s a good leader, has an excellent character and we’re happy to have him join our club.”
Goodson will join a team languishing at the bottom of the Western Conference. However, he has experience dragging teams into the playoffs, a trait he exhibited in his time with FC Dallas. While in Dallas, Goodson made 74 appearances and scored three goals and helped with two assists. He also helped lead the club to three consecutive playoff appearances between 2005 and 2007.