Dawkins key to San Jose attack
San Jose Earthquakes general manager John Doyle says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in England's Premier League and Championship.
Dawkins was joined by former Seattle Sounders forward Chad Bryan in the offseason and Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons as a 'key' element.
"We're delighted to welcome Simon back." Doyle said in a team statement.
"He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters' Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack," the statement added.
Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.
He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica's crucial 2-1 World Cup Qualifier win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9, last year.
Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club's return to Major League Soccer in 2008.
He is also the only midfielder in the club's history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.