SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Uruguayan right back Pablo Pintos pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and international transfer certificate. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pintos, 27, joins San Jose from Defensor Sporting of Uruguay’s first division. The 6-foot defender has played in Argentina, Spain and Turkey in addition to his home country. Pintos has seen action in Europa League as well as the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.
"We are very happy to sign a player of Pablo's quality," said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle. "He is an athletic right back who should help us now and in the future."
Pintos began his career with Defensor Sporting in 2006. He helped them to three championships during his time with the club, the 2007 Apertura, 2008 Uruguayan Championship and 2009 Clausura. Next, he moved to San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina’s top division. He spent one season with San Lorenzo, recording four goals and five assists in 39 appearances and helping them reach the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana.
Following the 2010 Argentinean Torneo Final, Pintos was transferred to Spanish side Getafe CF. He made six La Liga appearances for Los Azulones, including a 90-minute shift against FC Barcelona on Nov. 7, 2010. Pintos also started and went the distance against VfB Stuttgart and BSC Young Boys in Europa League group matches and played in three Copa del Rey games. In 2012, he returned to Defensor Sporting on loan and appeared in 18 games.
Pintos spent one season with Getafe CF before joining Kasimpasa of Turkey’s first division. He played in eight matches for Kasimpasa and then returned to Argentina to suit up for CD Tigre on loan in 2013. After the loan stint, Pintos moved back to Defensor Sporting for the 2013-14 campaign.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – San Jose Earthquakes sign D Pablo Pintos.
Weight: 160 lbs.
Born: July 1, 1987 in Montevideo, Uruguay
Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay
Last Club: Defensor Sporting (Uruguay)