Earthquakes sign Barklage, Francis and Meredith

Club signs defenders Barklage, Francis and goalkeeper Meredith

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed defenders Brandon Barklage and Shaun Francis as well as goalkeeper Bryan Meredith. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Barklage, 27, has two goals and 10 assists during his five years in MLS. He began his career with D.C. United as a third-round pick in the 2009 SuperDraft. He made 11 appearances during his three years in the nation’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 appearances while recording all of his career goals and assists.

Francis, 27, is a four-year MLS veteran with experience on the Jamaican national team. He has four assists in 29 appearances during his career. Francis was taken by the Columbus Crew in the fourth round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. He began 2013 as a member of the Charlotte Eagles in USL-Pro before signing with the Chicago Fire on July 10.

Meredith, 24, was a second-round pick (29th overall) in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by Seattle Sounders FC. He spent 2011 and 2012 with Seattle before moving on to IK Brage in Sweden. Meredith made 12 appearances for Sounders FC in 2012, picking up three shutouts in the process. He also spent time with the New York Cosmos in 2013, but did not make an appearance.

Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes sign D Brandon Barklage, D Shaun Francis and GK Bryan Meredith.

Brandon Barklage
Position: Defender
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: Nov. 2, 1986 in St. Louis, Mo.
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Last Club: New York Red Bulls
College: New Mexico
Citizenship: USA

Shaun Francis
Position: Defender
Height: 6-0
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: Oct. 2, 1986 in Mandeville, Jamaica
Hometown: Mandeville, Jamaica
Last Club: Chicago Fire
College: Lindsey Wilson College
Citizenship: Jamaican

Bryan Meredith
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-2
Weight: 175 lbs.
Born: Aug. 2, 1989 in Scotch Plains, N.J.
Hometown: Scotch Plains, N.J.
Last Club: New York Cosmos
College: Monmouth
Citizenship: USA