SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Brazilian midfielder Judson to a new contract for the 2023 MLS season with a club option for 2024.
“We’re happy to sign Judson to a new contract as we continue building our roster for the 2023 season,” said Earthquakes General Manager Chris Leitch. “He’s a player that’s universally liked in our locker room and does a lot of the unheralded work on the field for our team.”
Judson, 29, has made 87 MLS appearances, including 70 starts, since joining the Quakes ahead of the 2019 season. Originally joining San Jose on loan, Judson was acquired on a permanent transfer from Brazilian side Tombense at the end of the 2019 season. He started at least 20 matches in each of his first three seasons with the club before making 16 appearances and seven starts in 2022.
Among all players in MLS, Judson ranked sixth or better in tackles won during each of his first three seasons, including a league-high 54 in 2020. He was also rated as the most effective pressing player in MLS during the 2021 season, per Second Spectrum data.
Only Cristian Espinoza (119), Jackson Yueill (113), Tommy Thompson (91), and Shea Salinas (91) have made more MLS appearances for San Jose than Judson since the start of the 2019 season.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes sign M Judson to a new contract for the 2023 MLS season with a club option for 2024.