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Yannick Djalo joins San Jose Earthquakes

Portuguese striker Yannick Djalo has joined San Jose Earthquakes, the MLS side announced on their official website.

The 27-year-old arrives on a year-long loan from Benfica, and has been signed to improve team’s attacking options.

San Jose general manager John Doyle was delighted to capture a high-quality player who still has a lot to offer on the big stage.

“We’re excited to bring in a player of his caliber, his ability on the field, his resume. And then you go to his age. I’m cognizant of (the risks of) bringing in older players that are past it,” Doyle was quoted as saying.

“The two this year, (French midfielder Jean-Baptiste) Pierazzi and Yannick, they’re definitely not past their prime. They’re right in their prime. That’s exciting.”

Yannick Djalo made a name for himself at Sporting Lisbon, where he enjoyed several very successful seasons and even managed to break into the national team set-up.

His career started taking a wrong turn when he had a move to Nice cancelled, resulting in the player missing six months of action.

He then joined Benfica on a free transfer in January 2012, but has since managed just 3 league appearances for the Eagles.

A move to San Jose Earthquakes could serve as a perfect opportunity to get his career back on track and no doubt he will be a great signing for the MLS side.

Tue 11 March, 2014
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