The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed rookies Adam Jahn and Tommy Muller and acquired Trinidadian midfielder Cordell Cato from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Cato 1 goal and 2 assists in last years U.S. Cup Open, and made a big impact during his first season with the Seattle Sounders. At just 20 years old, he still has a lot of time to improve his playing, and show the Quakes what he’s capable of. Cato gained one assist for the Sounders in CONCACAF, and also played for Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF prior to the MLS. “Cordell is a speedy winger with a lot of upside. He has the raw attributes that we’re looking for and just needs some experience on the field,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle.
Muller was San Jose’s first round pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. At 21 years old he also has a lot of potential, bringing a much needed defensive role to the club as a 5’11 centre-back. Muller captained his former side to the NCAA cup final, picking up 3 goals and 4 assists in his 3 years at the club.
Jahn was a 4 year starter at his previous club, picking up 16 goals and 10 assists in his 65 appearance. Having already featured in the US Youth squads, he is a great player for the future.
The transfers could be a mix of immediate starters and players who are allowed time to get settled, although we can expect big things to come in the oncoming season. The Quakes kick-off their season against Real Salt Lake in a home match on March 3rd. It is unlikely that the new signings will be put straight into the squad, but not impossible.