While the San Jose Earthquakes prepare for their marquee soccer event this season, the changes keep coming.
The Quakes will host the L.A. Galaxy Saturday night at Stanford Stadium in the latest edition of the Cali Clasico — a rivalry game that extends back to the birth of Major League Soccer when San Jose was known as the Clash.
Los Angeles leads the overall series 25-17-9, but San Jose has the advantage at home with a 12-9-6 record. The Earthquakes are expecting over 35,000 soccer fans for that game.
But before Saturday’s game, San Jose made news by announcing the addition of U.S. men’s national team defender Clarence Goodson. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Goodson, 31, began his professional career in Major League Soccer with FC Dallas in 2004 and was selected in by the Earthquakes in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft. He joins San Jose after three-year stints with IK Start of Norway and Brondby of Denmark. He was also a member of the United States 2010 World Cup squad in South Africa and was named to his country’s 2013 Gold Cup roster along with San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski. Goodson will report straight to USMNT camp for the Gold Cup before joining the Earthquakes following the conclusion of the tournament.
“We’re very excited to have Clarence join us,” said Earthquakes interim head coach Mark Watson via the team’s website. “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.”
The veteran defender was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He made 74 appearances during his stay in Texas, tallying three goals and two assists. The stalwart center back earned the starting job for FC Dallas in his sophomore season and helped lead their squad to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoff appearances from 2005-07.
After being selected by the Earthquakes in 2007, Goodson opted to pursue a career in Europe, but the Quakes held his MLS rights. He signed with IK Start of Norway in January of 2008 and helped lead their squad to promotion to the country’s first division. Goodson moved to Brondby in November of 2010 and earned the captain’s armband within six months of joining his new club. He helped Brondby to a third-place finish in his first season, earning them a spot in the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League’s third qualifying round. Goodson made 59 appearances during his three seasons with Brondby.
Earthquakes general manager John Doyle said Goodson brings a wealth of experience to the team, calling him a great leader and a player with excellent character.
Away from his club career, Goodson has racked up 36 caps and three goals with the USMNT. His most recent appearance was a 69-minute effort against Belgium on May 29, 2013. He also started and played 90 minutes in a 1-0 win against Costa Rica in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on March 22, 2013 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.