SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired Panamanian international midfielder Anibal Godoy using Targeted Allocation Money, pending receipt of a P-1 Visa and ITC. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Anibal is a player that we have had our eyes on for a few years," said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle. "We have watched him in person on numerous occasions, including at the most recent Gold Cup, and he has impressed us every time. We are excited to bring Anibal to San Jose and believe he will be a valuable part of the team."
Godoy, 25, most recently played for Budapest Honved FC in the top league in Hungary. Over the last two seasons, he appeared in 26 games and scored one goal for the Hungarian side. Prior to joining Budapest Honved FC, Godoy appeared in 113 matches for Chepo FC in Panama between 2007 and 2013, scoring 10 goals.
“I think he’s a good midfielder,” said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. “From watching him over the last four years playing for Panama in the Gold Cup and the qualifiers, he’s been tested internationally. He’s a player that covers a lot of ground. He’s not afraid to be physical and he’s also a good passer of the ball.”
Godoy has been a mainstay on the Panama National Team since making his international debut in 2010 at the age of 20. He has earned a total of 54 caps, including appearances at each of the last three CONCACAF Gold Cups, tallying one goal. He has a history of success at the Gold Cup, helping Panama reach the semifinals in 2011, the final in 2013, and capturing third place in 2015.
Prior to his time with the Panamanian senior team, Godoy represented the U-20s at the 2007 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Canada.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – San Jose Earthquakes sign M Anibal Godoy using Targeted Allocation Money.
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: Feb. 10, 1990 in Panama City, Panama
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Last Club: Budapest Honved FC