San Jose Earthquakes sign forward Benji Kikanovic after USL Championship cease

TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed forward Benji Kikanovic to a one-year contract with membership choices via the 2024 season, it was introduced Tuesday.

Kikanovic, 21, was with San Jose’s former USL Championship affiliate Reno 1868 in the course of the 2021 season, scoring twice in 13 appearances. The San Jose native additionally played with the NPSL’s Sacramento Gold in 2019.

“Benji has been on our radar for a number of years and we’re happy he’ll be becoming a member of the primary team,” Earthquakes common manager Jesse Fioranelli said in a launch. “He’s a player that we thought very extremely of in faculty and we had been impressed by his transition to the skilled recreation last year. We’ll create an individualized program for him and consider in his future in MLS.”

Kikanovic played for 2 seasons at Sacramento State College, scoring 9 goals and dishing out 5 assists in 34 video games. He earned Huge West Co-Freshman of the Yr honors and twice positioned on the All-Huge West Conference Second Team.

Kikanovic provides San Jose depth at forward behind MLS all-time goals king Chris Wondolowski. Andy Rios has additionally played forward, whereas they introduced in Eduardo Lopez on loan from Liga MX’s Chivas to play the No. 10 position.

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