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Thursday, September 13, 2012

San Jose Earthquakes earn rights to sign promising forward - San Jose Mercury News

The Earthquakes have won the rights to former Aalborg BK forward Marcus Tracy in a development that bodes well for the Major League Soccer club's future.

San Jose officials announced Thursday they won a weighted lottery against seven other teams for a chance to sign Tracy, a former Wake Forest star who has played in Europe since 2009.

"We liked what we saw of Marcus when he finished his career at Wake Forest," coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. "He's an athletically gifted striker and is dangerous in the air. We look forward to bringing him in."

Tracy, 25, won the 2008 MAC Hermann Trophy as college player of the year. He played at Wake Forest with Quakes players Sam Cronin and Ike Opara. Tracy scored 30 goals in college and helped the Demon Deacons win an NCAA title in 2007.

Instead of joining MLS, Tracy signed with Danish Superliga side Aalborg BK and debuted for the squad in a UEFA Europa League match against Manchester City in 2009.

The league-leading Earthquakes (16-6-5) have the MLS' most potent attack with Simon Dawkins, Alan Gordon, Stephen Lenhart and Chris Wondolowski. But the club has no guarantees it can keep Dawkins for 2013. The winger is on loan from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Contact Elliott Almond at 408-920-5865 and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/elliottalmond.


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