Perhaps starting a run on 30+ immobile national team central defenders, the San Jose Earthquakes have cashed in an asset from their 2007 expansion draft and signed former Brøndby captain Clarence Goodson IV.
Goodson had some success in Europe with IK Start in Norway (where he was a 2009-10 OT XI honoree) before moving to Brøndby. After some early success in the Danish Superliga (including an appearance on the 2010-11 edition of the OT XI), Goodson’s final year in Denmark was less memorable, with the club suffering through financial issues, fighting off relegation, and Goodson himself nearly making a cost-cutting move to Orduspor in Turkey.
The Earthquakes, surprise winners of the 2012 Supporters’ Shield, are mired in 8th place in the Western Conference midway through the season (thank goodness for Chivas USA!), four points back of the last playoff spot (but with two more matches played than 5th-place Vancouver; they’re also three points back of sixth-place Seattle with three more matches played. So yeah, they’re struggling). Can Goodson partner with 2012 MLS Defender of the Year finalist Victor Bernarndez and fringe national team prospects Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow to turn the Fighting Wondos season around?