The San Jose Earthquakes acquired midfielder Cordell Cato from the Seattle Sounders in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft, according to a press release from the team on Friday.
Cato, 20, had one assist in eight games for the Sounders in 2012 and notched one goal and two assists in U.S. Open Cup play last summer. The goal was a game-winner against the Earthquakes.
“He came in a year ago for training and did very well,” Earthquakes head coach Frank Yallop said. “We know quite a bit about Cordell. He’s a young, exciting, pacy attacking player who adds another dimension to our squad.”
The Earthquakes also signed a pair of rookies to contracts, including Tommy Mueller, the team's No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLS Superdraft. The 21-year-old, picked 15th overall, was the captain of the Georgetown University soccer team that reached the 2012 NCAA College Cup Final.
San Jose also signed Adam Jahn, 22, who the Earthquakes chose with the 15th overall pick of the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. Jahn was a four-year starter at Stanford, and recorded 16 goals and 10 assists as a Cardinal. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in Carmichael, Calif.
San Jose Earthquakes media services contributed to this report