SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed forward Cade Cowell to a new contract through the 2025 Major League Soccer season with a club option for 2026. Cowell will occupy a U-22 Initiative slot.
“Seeing Cade grow from a promising youth player and having it translate to production at the MLS level has been exciting to watch,” said Earthquakes General Manager Chris Leitch. “Not only did he take on a bigger role as a 17-year-old in 2021, but he also earned a selection to the MLS All-Star team and got his first cap with the USMNT. We’re bullish on his future, excited for his contributions in 2022, and couldn’t be happier to sign him to a long-term contract and play an important role in his continued growth.”
Cowell, 18, signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Quakes ahead of the 2019 season. He has since made 50 MLS appearances (18 starts) and tallied six goals and seven assists. He had a breakout season in 2021 in which he appeared in 33 of the team’s 34 matches and finished with five goals and six assists, second most on the team in both categories. He also earned his first selection to the MLS All-Star Team.
Cowell represented the United States at the U16, U17, U20 and U23 youth national team levels before making his senior team debut in a friendly vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina on Dec. 19, 2021.
The Ceres, Calif. native led the nation in scoring with 34 goals in 32 games for Ballistic United SC during the 2017-18 season before joining the Quakes Academy. He made four appearances on loan with the Quakes’ former USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 FC as a rookie in 2019.
Cowell scored in his USL Championship debut, his youth national team debut, his Earthquakes debut (friendly vs. Mexico’s Monterrey), and his first MLS start.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes sign Homegrown F Cade Cowell to a new contract through 2025 with a club option for 2026.