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San Jose Earthquakes signal Brazilian defender Rodrigues on mortgage from Gremio

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The San Jose Earthquakes have accomplished the signing of Brazilian center-back Rodrigues on mortgage from Gremio.

Rodrigues strikes to PayPal Park on a 12-month mortgage, with the Quakes holding the choice to both prolong his keep by the 2023 MLS season or make the switch everlasting. The 24-year-old will occupy a global roster slot.

“We’re excited concerning the alternative to usher in a participant of his age and high quality,” Earthquakes common supervisor Chris Leitch mentioned in a membership press launch. “Rodrigues has competed for one of the historic golf equipment in Brazil and appeared in a lot of South America’s greatest worldwide competitions. We’re wanting ahead to him becoming a member of our locker room.”

San Jose accomplished the transfer for Rodrigues previous to the closing of the MLS secondary switch window on Thursday. The defender began his profession with ABC Futebol Clube earlier than becoming a member of Gremio in January 2019.

Rodrigues has performed 51 league matches for Imortal Tricolor to date, together with 44 within the Brazilian top-flight, and is the second participant to hitch MLS from Gremio this week after striker Elias Manoel signed for the New York Pink Bulls.

The signing of Rodrigues provides important depth at center-back for the Quakes following the departure of Francisco Calvo to Turkish Tremendous Lig facet Konyaspor. Rodrigues will battle for minutes alongside compatriot Nathan and Tanner Beason.

San Jose at present sit thirteenth within the Western Convention and face an uphill battle to make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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