Geovanni signs with Earthquakes

Updated: August 16, 2010, 4:02 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle |

The San Jose Earthquakes became the latest MLS side to plunge into the designated player market on Monday, announcing they have signed former Hull City attacker Geovanni, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.

The Brazilian is San Jose's first-ever designated player, and now brings the league's current number of DPs to 14. He'll be expected to kick-start a San Jose attack that has been struggling in recent months, especially after losing midfielder Andre Luiz to a knee injury in June.

The Quakes have scored just 10 goals in their last 12 games, and the team is hoping Geovanni's quick, inventive style of play will be the catalyst that gets San Jose back in the playoffs for the first time since the team's rebirth in 2008.

Geovanni, 30, was without a team after being let go by Hull City at the end of last season, where he scored three times in 26 league appearances. He has also been with Barcelona, Benfica, Cruzeiro, and Manchester City. He made a single appearance for Brazil's national team back in 2001.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPNsoccernet.

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