The San Jose Earthquakes have signed former AC Ajaccio captain Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, pending receipt of his international transfer clearance and visa.
The team announced the signing via its website on Tuesday. The 28-year-old Pierazzi has played the last six seasons with AC Ajaccio, which earned promotion to France’s Ligue 1 in 2011.
He made 11 starts and appeared in four other games with AC Ajaccio in 2013-14. The club is 1-12-6 this season and is last in the 20-club Ligue 1 with nine points. The bottom three finishers are relegated to Ligue 2.
“We had the opportunity to watch Jean-Baptiste play in France and met him in his hometown,” Earthquakes coach Mark Watson said. “He’s excited to come to play in the United States and knows a lot about our team already. He has a great character and has been playing in a top league in Europe for a number of years. We look forward to having him in San Jose.”
The Earthquakes open 2014 play at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 11 against Deportivo Toluca FC in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal. San Jose won its group last year, splitting four games with Canadian club Montreal Impact and Heredia out of Guatemala, but advanced on a goal-differential tie-breaker.