Shaun Francis (pictured), who made six CONCACAF Champions League appearances in 2010, was signed by the San Jose Earthquakes on January 24, 2014. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, California – The San Jose Earthquakes announced Friday that the club has signed defenders Shaun Francis and Brandon Barklage as well as goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.
Francis, who has played with the Jamaica national team, is a four-year Major League Soccer (MLS) veteran. The 27-year-old was a member of the Columbus Crew from 2010-12, making 28 league appearances. He began 2013 with the Charlotte Eagles in USL-Pro before signing with the Chicago Fire and taking the field once. Francis made his Jamaica debut in a 1-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on October 10, 2010, and played in six CONCACAF Champions League matches with Columbus that same year.
Barklage, 27, has two goals during his five years in MLS. He made 11 appearances during his three years in the U.S. capital before signing with the New York Red Bulls on March 5, 2012. Barklage became a regular with the squad during his two years there, making 45 regular-season appearances.
Meredith spent 2011 and 2012 with the Seattle Sounders before moving on to IK Brage in Sweden. The 24-year-old made 12 appearances for Sounders FC in 2012, keeping three clean sheets. He also spent time with the New York Cosmos in 2013, but did not make an appearance.
The Earthquakes will meet Toluca in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, hosting the first leg on March 11 and closing the series on March 19 in Mexico.