Five facts about new San Jose Earthquakes DP Innocent Emeghara

The San Jose Earthquakes have added a third Designated Player by signing 25-year-old Swiss striker Innocent Emeghara.

Emeghara has enjoyed time playing in Switzerland, France, Italy and most recently Azerbaijan and joins the Earthquakes as only their fourth ever DP.

Here are five things you should know about Innocent Emeghara:

1) Emeghara is a pacey and versatile forward who can play on either wing or as the main striker

The new San Jose man is blessed with pace and his speed means he is a huge threat in the final third. Emeghara can play on the left or right hand side but he is most effective as the main striker. He is not the biggest of forwards but he is agile and could form a lethal partnership with Chris Wondolowski this season.

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2) He has made nine appearances with the Switzerland National Team

Despite being born in Nigeria, Emeghara opted to represent Switzerland at international level and he made his debut against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier in June 2011. He has gone on to make nine appearances but has yet to score a goal for the national team. His last appearance came in March 2013 when he made just his second start in a World Cup qualifier against Cyprus. He did score five goals in eight appearances at Under-21 level.

3) He most recently played in Azerbaijan where he impressed before going on trial with Hamburg

After leaving Italian club AC Siena last summer as a result of the club going into liquidation, Emeghara moved to Azerbaijan to play for FK Qarabag, where he scored five times in eight appearances. However, he left the club on January 5 and then flew out to Dubai for a trial with German club HSV Hamburg where he played against Manchester City in a friendly. That didn’t earn him a contract with the Bundesliga side and he will now look forward to playing in MLS with the San Jose Earthquakes.

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4) Emeghara averages a goal or assist every 2.2 games through his career

The 25-year-old forward has scored 75 goals and picked up 23 assists in 212 appearances for the seven clubs he’s played for to this point. That means that Emeghara contributes to a goal every 2.2 games on average. He will look to hit the ground running when he joins up with his new San Jose teammates.

5) Expect a fast start to life in MLS, quite literally.

Emeghara likes to make an impact when he moves to a new club. He has scored on his debut for three different clubs in his career, while he netted four in three after his debut with Siena and scored a brace in his second game for Qarabag. San Jose will hope that trend continues when they open the 2015 season against FC Dallas.

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