San Jose Earthquakes Signs Goalkeeper William Yarbrough

Experience and Winning Pedigree: San Jose's Bet for a Strong Performance in MLS
Colorado Rapids v St. Louis City SC
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San Jose Earthquakes have announced a signing that promises to significantly bolster their defense for the 2024 season. Veteran goalkeeper William Yarbrough, 34, is the latest addition to the roster, bringing with him a wealth of experience from 101 league appearances and 33 clean sheets.

The transfer market move involved acquiring Yarbrough's rights from the Colorado Rapids, who, in turn, received a third-round natural selection in the 2025 MLS SuperDraft. This transaction highlights San Jose's strategy in seeking experience with a player who has excelled as the starting goalkeeper for the Rapids over the last four seasons.

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Willy Agada, William Yarbrough
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The Rapids' decision to release Yarbrough coincides with the signing of Zack Steffen, the regular goalkeeper for the United States national team, by the Colorado team. San Jose Earthquakes, aiming to strengthen their squad under the second year of Luchi Gonzalez's leadership, saw in Yarbrough not only a talented goalkeeper but also a valuable addition to the player group.

Chris Leitch, general manager of San Jose Earthquakes, emphasized Yarbrough's experience and "winning pedigree," stating that he looks forward to having him as a crucial part of the goalkeeping squad in 2024. With JT Marcinkowski sidelined due to a knee injury, Yarbrough's arrival provides not only depth to the position but also the confidence needed to pursue a higher ranking than the ninth position in the Western Conference from the previous season.

The signing of Yarbrough is a significant step toward a stronger performance by San Jose Earthquakes, who will kick off their campaign on February 24 against FC Dallas. The veteran goalkeeper could be the key to elevating the team to new heights in the MLS.