Earthquakes sign French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi

Earthquakes sign French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi
January 7, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi
Position: Midfielder
Height: 6-1
Weight: 165 lbs.
Born: June 17, 1985 in Ajaccio, Corsica (France)
Hometown: Ajaccio, Corsica (France)
Last Club: AC Ajaccio
Citizenship: French

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SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed former AC Ajaccio captain Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi, pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 visa. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We had the opportunity to watch Jean-Baptiste play in France and met him in his hometown,” said Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson. “He’s excited to come to play in the United States and knows a lot about our team already. He has a great character and has been playing in a top league in Europe for a number of years. We look forward to having him in San Jose.”

Pierazzi, 28, has been with Ajaccio (France) since 2006. The native Corsican helped L’ours earn promotion to Ligue 1 after a second-place finish in the second division in 2010-11. He has made 67 appearances over the last two-and-a-half seasons as a center midfielder for Ajaccio.

“Jean-Baptiste is somebody who we’ve followed closely over the last year. Both Mark [Watson] and I were able to see him play in person and get to know him off the field,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle. “He’s a talented player, a leader and he’s going to have an excellent MLS career.”

Courtesy San Jose Earthquakes media services

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