Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Quakes join DP ranks with Geovanni signing
by Ridge Mahoney, August 16th, 2010 8:11PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Two years to the day after he scored the first Premier League goal ever netted by Hull City, Brazilian attacker Geovanni joined San Jose as its first Designated Player.

Geovanni, 30, flew to San Jose Sunday to meet with team officials, following statements from general manager John Doyle during the week that a DP signing was not only probable, but perhaps imminent. On Monday, Geovanni took a physical and concluded negotiations.

Terms of his deal were not disclosed. As a Designated Player, his contract and related acquisition costs – signing bonuses, etc. – are worth at least $500,000 per season.

This season he will cost the Quakes only $167,500 against the $2.55 million per-team salary cap. As a midseason signing, he counts one-half of the $335,000 salary-budget charge imposed for Designated Players. Under league rules, the team pays salary costs above what his contract counts against the cap. He is the 14th player currently under contract to an MLS team as a Designated Player.

He had discussed a contract with AEK Athens in May without reaching an agreement. If MLS has locked up his rights for several seasons – he signed as a free agent, his contract with Hull having been terminated in June – this could be a game-changing move by a franchise that won just 15 games in its first two seasons but is on the playoff fringe in 2010.

However, if he has retained his player pass (international transfer certificate) and leaves at the end of the season, as did Francisco Lima after a stellar showing in the second half of the 2008 campaign, this might not be such a significant transaction.

Geovanni went to Manchester City in 2007 from Cruzeiro as a free agent, and scored three goals in 23 appearances (all competitions) before being jettisoned by manager Mark Hughes and moving to Hull, for which he scored 13 goals in 65 games but was unable to help it escape the drop in 2010.

He has also played for Barcelona (2001-03) and Benfica (2003-06).

Geovanni earned one cap for Brazil and played six times for the U-23 team, including at the 2000 Olympic Games. On Aug. 16, 2008, Geovanni scored in the 22nd minute of a 2-1 Hull City victory against Fulham, for which Clint Dempsey came on as a sub for the last nine minutes.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
USL Friday: Switchbacks romp in snow storm    
An April snow storm socked the Rockies on Friday night, but it couldn't stop the Colorado ...
MLS Friday: Red Bulls set standard high    
The New York Red Bulls remained unbeaten with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes ...
What They're Saying: Dominic Kinnear    
"Us passing to them didn't help." -- San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear on what made the ...
USA-Mexico watched by almost 4.5 million fans    
Wednesday's USA-Mexico game averaged almost 4.5 million viewers on Spanish-language networks UniMas and UDN and Fox ...
NWSL Weekend: Sky Blue FC aims to extend streak    
It's a big weekend for pro soccer in the New York metropolitan area. New York City ...
NASL Weekend: Cosmos greats return for Raul home debut    
The New York Cosmos open their third season at home on Saturday, and they'll have special ...
USL Thursday: Sounders 2 fall, Rhinos impress on road    
Sounders FC 2, one of three unbeaten and untied teams in the USL, dropped its first ...
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"When some speak and others are silenced, democracy and football lose." -- FIFA presidential candidate Luis ...
What They're Saying: Joey Saputo    
"You can't go in with the attitude that we have no chance. We're here. We didn't ...
What They're Saying: Adrian Heath    
"We went on preseason to Charleston and we hired a few vans to transport everyone around. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives