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Earthquakes Sign Two Rookies, Acquire Cordell Cato from Seattle Sounders FC

March 1, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed rookies Adam Jahn and Tommy Muller and acquired Trinidadian midfielder Cordell Cato from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Cato, 20, had one assist in eight appearances during his first MLS season in 2012 for Seattle. The Trinidad and Tobago native also scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 result for Sounders FC against the Earthquakes during U.S. Open Cup play in July. All told, the speedy Trinidadian had one goal and two assists in four U.S. Open Cup matches last year.

"He came in a year ago for training and did very well," said Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop. "We know quite a bit about Cordell. He's a young, exciting, pacy attacking player who adds another dimension to our squad."

In addition to his experience during the MLS regular season and USOC, Cato appeared in three CONCACAF Champions League matches for Seattle, recording one assist in the process while helping his squad advance to the quarterfinals. Prior to joining MLS, Cato represented the Trinidad and Tobago at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

"Cordell is a speedy winger with a lot of upside. He has the raw attributes that we're looking for and just needs some experience on the field," said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle.

Muller, 21, was San Jose's first round pick (No. 15 overall) in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. He captained a Georgetown squad that reached the 2012 NCAA College Cup Final in Hoover, Ala. The 5-foot-11 center back was a three-year starter, scoring four goals and recording four assists in 64 career appearances. He was an All-Big East Third Team selection in 2012. As a youth player, Muller was a two-time member of the Super Y Olympic Developmental Program National Team. He also played 13 seasons with club team Orlando FC.

Jahn, 22, was a four-year starter for Stanford before the Earthquakes selected him in the first round (No. 15 overall) of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. The target man had 16 goals and 10 assists in 65 career appearances for the Cardinal. He was an All-Pac 12 and All-Far West Region selection as a junior in 2011 and a senior in 2012. Jahn has also seen time for U.S. youth teams, making the camp roster for the U-20s in July of 2010 and suiting up for the U-18s as a prep with Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif.

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