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San Jose Earthquakes trade Andrew Tarbell to Columbus Crew SC

Goalkeeper logjam addressed with trade for allocation money.

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced Wednesday they have traded goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell to Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $75,000 in 2020 general allocation money, with the possibility of additional money in the future depending on performance-based metrics.

Tarbell, 26, spent four seasons with the Quakes after being drafted out of Clemson ahead of the 2016 season. The starter in 2018, Tarbell spent most of his time, including the 2019 season, as the primary backup in San Jose.

With Tarbell pushed aside last year in favor of veteran Daniel Vega, the writing appeared to be on the wall for the Louisiana native, especially with the team carrying two other goalkeepers — homegrown JT Marcinkowski and Matt Bersano — on the roster. It was a surprise he remained all of 2019, but with yet another goalkeeper signed this offseason, in 14-year-old Emi Ochoa, it seemed someone had to go and Tarbell appeared the most likely to depart.

“I would like to thank Columbus, Andrew and his agents involved for working diligently to find the most mutually-beneficial outcome,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli. “We are grateful for Andrew’s service for the Earthquakes over the past four seasons. He stood out as one of the most respected players in our club and I am glad that this trade gives him a great opportunity to pursue new personal and professional goals.”

Tarbell will likely be a backup in Columbus as well, with Eloy Room establishing himself as the starter after arriving last summer.

What do you think about the trade? Was this the best outcome for everyone? Will you miss Andrew as a member of the Quakes? Let’s chat in the comments below!