Report: Quakes Aquire Dutchman Danny Hoesen
It’s been a busy offseason for first-year Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli.
Hans Nijland, general director of FC Groningen, who play in Eredivisie, the highest football league of the Netherlands, said former club forward Danny Hoesen will join the Earthquakes on a one-year loan, with an option to buy. Nijland made the announcement on Groningen’s website, San Jose has not yet commented on the signing, but a press conference with Fioranelli has been scheduled for Thursday.
“The transition of Danny Hoesen to the San Jose Earthquakes in America is final. San Jose Earthquakes have an option to buy Hoesen after this season,” Nijland said.
Hoesen made his professional debut at age 17, signing with Fulham of the Premier League. This season, he scored four goals in nine league-play appearances, as well as scoring one during cup competition. In all, he has scored 13 goals in 56 appearances across all competitions.
He will join a goal scoring corps that now features team captain Chris Wondolowski, and the aforementioned Urenã, who also plays for the Costa Rican national team.
The Quakes are reportedly in line to sign German midfielder/defender Florian Jungwirth, who has already been released from his Bundesliga club SV Darmstadt 98. According to coach Torsten Frings, Jungwirth sought a transfer to Major League Soccer.
Jungwirth has earned appearances at every level of the German youth football program, but has never earned a cap for the senior team. He signed his first professional contract in 2007 with TSV 1860 Munich and has played his entire professional career in Germany, before arriving at Darmstadt in 2014.
“We have promised Flo from the start that he can go if we find a suitable alternative, which is the case,” Frings said on the team’s website.