SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has loaned goalkeeper David Bingham and midfielder Sam Garza to the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL). As part of the agreement, the Earthquakes will have the option to recall either player at any point during the loan.
“This is a great opportunity for both of these young players to gain valuable experience,” said Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson. “It’s important from a player development standpoint to play in games as often as possible. Both Sam and David will get that chance with San Antonio.”
Bingham, 24, has made five MLS appearances since joining the Earthquakes through a weighted lottery on Jan. 26, 2011. The former All-American at Cal also started three of the club’s four CONCACAF Champions League group matches and each of San Jose’s four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games since 2012.
Garza, 24, has made 11 MLS appearances in his two years with the club. He was San Jose’s first-round pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after a standout college career with UC Santa Barbara. Garza has amassed two goals and six assists in Reserve League action over the last two years and also had a game-winning brace against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Earthquakes will also loan a minimum of two players to Sacramento Republic FC as part of a USL-PRO affiliation agreement. Those players will be announced at a later date.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) loan GK David Bingham and M Sam Garza to the San Antonio Scorpions (NASL) for the 2014 season.