Earthquakes announce signings of Barklage, Francis, Meredith

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By DAN KARELL

Though they were in the works for a while, the San Jose Earthquakes made official three new signings for the upcoming Major League Soccer season.

The Earthquakes announced on Friday the signings of right back Brandon Barklage, left back Shaun Francis, and goalkeeper Bryan Meredith. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Both Barklage and Francis were selected by the Earthquakes in stage two of the MLS Re-Entry Draft and are likely being signed to replace last year’s full backs Justin Morrow and Steven Beitashour. Morrow was dealt to Toronto FC this offseason while Beitashour is rumored to be heading to Europe this winter, though nothing has been finalized.

Barklage joins from the New York Red Bulls while Francis spent last season between the Charlotte Eagles and Chicago Fire.

Meredith comes to the Earthquakes after a short stint as a backup for the New York Cosmos, though he didn’t make an appearance with the club during his time there. Meredith spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Seattle Sounders before spending the first half of 2013 in Sweden with IK Brage.

It’s likely that Meredith will back up veteran Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch, who is entering his 18th professional season (13th season in MLS).

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What do you think of this news? Do you see Barklage and Francis starting next season? Think that Beitashour could return to the Earthquakes?

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7 Responses to Earthquakes announce signings of Barklage, Francis, Meredith

  1. doug says:

    Barklage is a good defender when healthy. Love him on NY and a smart pickup for SJ (prob for a decent price as well).

    • Dos says:

      Absolutely . . . . the MLS version of a ‘Pro’s Pro’ . . . was always ready when his number was called, always leaves everything on the field. Knows his skillset and ability very well, and knows where he has to make up for shortcomings with some IQ and positioning.

      He had his share of errors, slip ups – but never or not many howlers, or total disappearing acts, and waaaaay more positive contributions than not, especially for his role on the roster. Thought he had a great year under Petke, really seemed like Petke’s kind of player.

      Great pickup for San Jose.

  2. Sam says:

    I’m gonna miss Barklage in an NY shirt. Props to San Jose for picking up a great defender and a great guy at that.

    • inkedAG says:

      I agree.

      Best of luck to him at SJ.

    • Gary Page says:

      Barklage is one of those guys, I think, that teams who let him go will later wonder, What were we thinking? I remember when New York traded Mike Magee to LA and couldn’t understand it and then thought the Galaxy were crazy to trade Magee. Barklage might not be that valuable in the future, but I think he is a guy like Magee who has a lot of potential that people tend to over look.

  3. Ian says:

    Best beard in MLS.

  4. Tony says:

    This is a