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San Jose Earthquakes sign Honduran defender Bernardez

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has signed Honduran international defender Victor Bernardez pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC as well as a team administered physical.

Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bernardez, 29, joins San Jose following three years with Belgian Pro League giant Anderlecht from January of 2009 through 2011. The hulking center back appeared in 22 games for the Purple and White, including three Europa League appearances. In 2011, he played in games for Lierse SK (Belgium) and Indios (Mexico) while on loan. The 6-foot-2 defender also appeared in seven games during Anderlecht's Belgian Pro League championship season in 2009-10.

"We've scouted Victor for several years," said Earthquakes General Manager John Doyle. "We saw him play at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and were very impressed with his game. He's a great addition to the off season moves we've made so far and we look forward to having him in San Jose."

Head coach Frank Yallop added: "Victor gives us another quality player in the center of our defense. He's a big, tough and athletic defender who can also play well with his feet and distribute the ball. We're excited to have him on the squad next season."

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