SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Panamanian center back Harold Cummings to a multi-year contract, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.
Cummings, 24, most recently played for LD Alajuelense of the Costa Rican Primera División, where he made 23 appearances and scored one goal after joining the side on loan last January.
“Harold is an talented young player and we’re excited to add him to our roster,” said technical director Chris Leitch. “To have nearly 50 international appearances before his 25th birthday ensures we’re getting a player with a rare combination of youthfulness and experience.”
The Panama City native began his career with Árabe Unido of the Panamanian first division in 2011. He has spent much of the past five years on loan with various clubs in Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, before joining Alajuelense in 2016. During his stint with Independiente Santa Fe of Colombia in 2015, Cummings helped lead the club to their first-ever Copa Sudamericana title, earning the championship over other South American powers such as Argentina’s River Plate and Uruguay’s Nacional.
“I have seen a lot of Harold during his time with Panama,” said head coach Dominic Kinnear. “He’s a very aggressive, intimidating young center back, who will add a good amount of strength to our back line.”
Internationally, Cummings has made 46 appearances for the Panama National Team since earning his first cap at 18 years old in 2010, featuring against sides such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile and the United States. He also helped his nation qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – Earthquakes sign D Harold Cummings.
Born: Mar. 1, 1992 in Panama City, Panama
Hometown: Panama City, Panama
Last Club: LD Alajuelense (Costa Rica)