Turkish-German striker Güvenisik on trial with Quakes
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes’ pattern of the last two seasons has been to add players during the summer transfer window and close the year with a sprint to the finish.
Sercan Güvenisik is hoping to be part of this year’s cavalry charge.
Güvenisik, a German-born Turkish forward who most recently helped SC Preußen Münster gain promotion to Germany’s third division, scored twice Monday in the Quakes’ 3-0 Reserve League victory over the LA Galaxy.
The brace capped a week-long trial for the 31-year-old, one that impressed club officials enough that they officially filed a discovery tag with MLS for him. Güvenisik has 55 goals in 215 career appearances at various levels of play in Germany.
“He’s not a bad player at all,” Quakes coach Frank Yallop said last week at the trial’s outset. “He looked good today [in training]. We’ll see how he gets on.”
Güvenisik remains under contract with Münster, meaning he could either come on loan or via a transfer, assuming the sides can reach an agreement. The striker seems clearly motivated to play in the US, given that he paid his own way for the trial.
“We’re looking at players all the time and evaluating players,” San Jose general manager John Doyle told MLSsoccer.com. “And on this one, he was able to come so we could look at him. That’s always a benefit, to see him [in person].”
The Quakes have plenty of room for attacking players at the moment with Chris Wondolowski and Ryan Johnson both on Gold Cup duty.
This wouldn’t be the first time this year that an up-close-and-personal look could make a difference in the team’s long-term thinking; San Jose were afforded the opportunity to work with Tottenham Hotspur’s Simon Dawkins on the team’s training camp trip to England.
A deal was subsequently worked out to send Dawkins to the Quakes on a year-long loan, and the 23-year-old returned Saturday after a month-long absence due to surgery to score the game-clincher in San Jose’s 2-0 win against Houston this past weekend.
Geoff Lepper covers the Earthquakes for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at email@example.com. On Twitter: @sjquakes