Earthquakes sign midfielder Joey Gjertsen

Former Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps star joins San Jose

The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that they have signed
midfielder Joey Gjertsen. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal
were not disclosed.

"We are happy to add a very good quality attacking wide player like Joey
to our team," said General Manager John Doyle. "He strikes the ball
very well with both feet and will bring a lot to our team this year and
in the future."

The Tacoma, Wash. native has played his professional career in the USL
First Division with the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps. He was a
part of two championship teams, in 2006 with Vancouver and 2009 with
Montreal. He has won multiple awards with both clubs, including the
Montreal Impact's Unsung Hero award in 2008 and the league's Most
Valuable Player award in 2006. He earned his first All-Star selection in
the same season, and was named Vancouver's rookie of the year in 2005.

Gjertsen most recently played with the Montreal Impact from the middle
of 2007 through the 2009 campaign. He helped the team to the USL
championship in 2009, after reaching the quarterfinals in 2007 and the
semi-finals in 2008. The Impact also won the Voyageurs Cup in 2007 and
2008. He appeared in 29 games for the USL champion Impact in 2009,
scoring three goals. In 2008, his first full season with the club,
Gjertsen led the team with five assists and one goal, appearing in 30
games. He also appeared in 10 CONCACAF Champions League games, where he
scored a pair of goals. Gjertsen came over in a midseason trade from
Vancouver and appeared in 10 games for Montreal, in which he had five

The 5'9" midfielder began his professional career with the Vancouver
Whitecaps. In 2007 before his trade to Montreal, Gjertsen scored three
goals and notched one assist in 19 games played. He was coming off of
his breakout season in 2006, where he took home the USL First Division
Most Valuable Player honors and earned an All-Star nod after leading his
club with 12 goals and seven assists in 28 games. The Whitecaps took
home the USL championship in 2006, thanks in part to Gjertsen's
tremendous season. In 2005, he was named Whitecaps' rookie of the year
after scoring three goals and tallying three assists in 27 matches.

Gjertsen played his last two years of college soccer at Evergreen State
in Washington. In 2003, he earned All-Region Team recognition and was
named Region I Player of the year He also was selected as Conference
Player of the Year with 23 goals He began his college career at Tacoma
Community College where he scored 31 goals and notched a school record
14 assists in his freshman campaign. Gjertsen then transferred to
Yavapai College where he won a NJCAA national championship as a

Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) - Earthquakes sign M Joey

Joey Gjertsen

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-9

Weight: 165

Born: June 13, 1982 in Tacoma, Wash.

Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.

Last Club: Montreal Impact (USL)

College: Evergreen State College

Citizenship: USA

How Acquired: Signed by San Jose Earthquakes on Feb. 10, 2010.