Jamaica international Simon Dawkins (pictured) joined the San Jose Earthquakes on January 6, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, California – Jamaica international Simon Dawkins is expected to bolster the San Jose Earthquakes attack after it was announced Wednesday that the midfielder signed with the Major League Soccer club.
Dawkins, who has scored three goals in 20 games for the Reggae Boyz, returns to San Jose, where he was spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons on loan from England’s Tottenham Hotspur.
“Simon was a very productive midfielder for the Quakes before he left with a lot of goals out of midfield. He’s very versatile, said San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He can play out wide; he can play through the middle. He’s a player that fans like in San Jose and a player that I’ve liked from years past.”
Born in England, Dawkins has also seen action with Leyton Orient, Aston Villa, and, most recently, Derby County, which he joined from Tottenham in October 2013.
The 28-year-old helped lead Jamaica to the 2014 Caribbean Cup title, scoring the first goal in a key 2-0 win over Haiti. In 2015, he featured in three Copa America games and followed that up with five appearances during a drive to a runner-up finish in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Dawkins also volleyed home the 89th-minute goal in the second leg of a third-round World Cup qualifying series that enabled the Jamaicans to advance past Nicaragua, 3-2 on aggregate.
Kinnear credits that decision to play for Jamaica as a catalyst for his development over the past few years.
“I think the travel and playing international soccer was good for him. He scored a big goal against Nicaragua to get them through to World Cup Qualifying,” finished Kinnear. “The time he spent at Aston Villa was good for him to play in front of big crowds. He hasn’t been playing for Derby lately, so he’s hungry to play. That’s one thing he said to me is that he wanted to get here and play and have a regular spot.”