MLS: Goalkeeper Joe Cannon Headed to San Jose

Joe Cannon, a San Francisco Bay Area product and former Santa Clara University all-America who was one of the top goalkeepers in the A-League in 1998, will join the San Jose Clash after agreeing to a contract with MLS. Cannon, 24, was named Most Valuable Player for the A-League's San Diego Flash last season, as he led the club to the Western Conference regular-season title. He compiled a 21-7 record with a 0.80 goals-against average and 11 shutouts for the Flash. He also served as a backup to San Jose keeper David Kramer for a pair of MLS games while Andy Kirk was playing with the U.S. U-23 national team. "Joe is a player we've had our eyes on for quite a while," said Clash Coach Brian Quinn. "We've followed Joe's progress in the A-League, and we liked what we saw of him while he was with us last year. He's got great size, and he's a tremendous presence in the box. We think he's ready for Major League Soccer, and we think he can compete for a starting position." Cannon is expected to join San Jose when the team begins local training on Feb. 1. The Clash will train locally through Feb. 11, before traveling to San Diego, where the team will train and scrimmage against other MLS squads for 10 days. On Feb. 20, the Clash will travel to Toluca, Mexico, for two weeks of training and exhibitions against Mexican League teams, returning to San Jose on March 5.
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