SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes selected midfielder Jan Gregus with the seventh pick in Stage 2 of the 2021 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft on Thursday. San Jose will be required to make a genuine offer to the player within seven days. If an agreement cannot be reached between the club and the player, the Earthquakes will hold the Right of First Refusal for him in MLS.
Gregus, 30, competed for Minnesota United FC for the past three seasons, totaling 63 appearances, 57 starts, two goals and 18 assists. In 2019, his first season in MLS, Gregus made 30 appearances and tallied 11 assists, tied for 11th most in the league, helping Minnesota to a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference. The following year, Gregus started 18 of Minnesota’s 21 games during the COVID-shortened season and tallied six assists en route to another fourth-place finish. He also played every minute and provided one assist during Minnesota’s run to the Western Conference Final. Gregus then made nine starts in 15 total appearances in 2021 to help Minnesota reach the postseason as the No. 5 seed.
Prior to MLS, Gregus played for teams in Denmark, the Czech Republic, England and Slovakia. He made over 100 appearances for Danish side FC Copenhagen, including four appearances in UEFA Champions League competition, and led the team to the domestic double during the 2016-17 season. He has also scored four goals in 36 caps for the Slovakia National Team since his international debut in 2015.**
Transaction:** San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes select M Jan Gregus in Stage 2 of the 2021 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft and must make a genuine offer to the player within seven days.