The rumors are true, as the San Jose Earthquakes announced Monday they have acquired midfielder Eric Remedi from Atlanta United in exchange for a minimum of $200,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money, with that amount potentially rising to $500,000 based on performance and retention metrics. Atlanta will also receive a portion of the sell-on fee if Remedi is transferred abroad. Remedi has a green card and therefore won’t count as an international player.
“Eric is a player we’ve followed for many years and we’re excited he’ll now be representing San Jose in a key position of need,” said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli in a team statement. “His significant contributions with Atlanta have helped the team achieve success in a number of different competitions. Being able to structure a cap-friendly trade for a 25-year-old of his caliber with domestic success and three years of experience in Major League Soccer represented a unique opportunity for our club.”
The 25-year-old joins after two and a half seasons with Atlanta, winning MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup, and made 59 appearances for the club. The Argentine began his career at Banfield in his native country, where he got his professional debut under current Earthquakes head coach Matias Almeyda.
Remedi is a holding midfielder, not someone who will be chipping in with goals and assists, but he is a good rotation option to make sure Judson doesn’t run himself into oblivion and to possibly cover Jackson Yueill’s anticipated absences this season for international duty.
We’ll have to see how Remedi performs with the Quakes but for the price this seems like a good deal, and with Atlanta fairly desperate to get rid of the player, he may be motivated to show they made a mistake with that assessment. Hopefully Almeyda can get the best out of him here in San Jose.
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