Being patient paid off for San Jose. After months of negotiating with club partner Tottenham Hotspur, the Earthquakes managed to re-acquire midfielder Simon Dawkins on loan, the club announced on Tuesday. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It was one of our primary offseason goals to bring Simon back to San Jose, but we had to be patient,” Earthquakes general manager John Doyle said in a statement. “In the end, that patience paid off. We liked what we saw out of Simon last year. He’s a versatile player who adds another dimension to our lineup and we’re excited for his return to the club.”
Dawkins was a spark in the San Jose midfield in his inaugural MLS campaign. The Spurs product, who played in central midfield before moving out to the left wing, scored six goals and tallied up two assists in 26 matches. Included in that tally was a Goal of the Week-caliber goal in his MLS debut against the Seattle Sounders.
"Simon did very well for us last season and we’re really happy to have him back,” head coach Frank Yallop said in a club statement. “He’s talented on the ball, will take guys on and not only will set teammates up, but will create his own chances. With a year under his belt in our league, he knows what to expect now and should be ready to once again be a key piece for us.”
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