Defender Nick Lima, a first-team all-Pac 12 selection for Cal-Berkeley the past two seasons, has signed as a Homegrown Player with San Jose.
Lima, 22, scored six goals and recorded nine assists in 72 appearances the past four collegiate seasons. He was an all-Far West Region first-team selection last season and joins midfielder Tommy Thompson as the only two Homegrown signings in Earthquakes' history.
“We're very excited to add a promising young player like Nick to our roster,” said interim general manager Chris Leitch in a statement. “We have worked closely with Nick since he was in high school, through his time at Cal and with the first team and PDL. He will make a great addition to the Quakes' talented young core.”
In his youth career Lima (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) played for the Earthquakes academy teams, the De Anza Force, and Burlingame Dragons of the Premier Developmental League (PDL). He was born and raised in Castro Valley, a small city 30 miles north of San Jose, and is a former collegiate teammate of Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United) and Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps).
“From what I've seen of Nick, both at Cal and in training sessions with the first team, he's capable of playing both sides of the field and likes to get forward and attack,” said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He has a great competitive spirit and we're very excited to see him in preseason with us in the coming months and beyond.”