San Jose, California. January 27, 2011.
The San Jose Earthquakes won the rights to the Cal junior – a late addition to this year’s Generation Adidas class after first going on a week-long tryout with Fulham of the English Premier League – in a weighted lottery held Wednesday afternoon.
“It was somebody I’ve known for a long time and I wanted,” Doyle told MLSsoccer.com. “But when I saw where we were in the lottery, I said, ‘No chance.’”
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San Jose Earthquakes General Manager John Doyle about lottery and David Bingham
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes participated in the weighted Major League Soccer lottery and won the rights to Cal goalkeeper David Bingham. Bingham has signed a Generation adidas contract with MLS, becoming the 11th member of the 2011 class. San Jose is now exempt from participating in any additional weighted lotteries in 2011.
“We are delighted to acquire David,” said General Manager of Soccer Operations John Doyle. “Had he been in the SuperDraft, he without question would have been one of the first players selected. This is a very good day for the San Jose Earthquakes.”
The 6-foot-2 goalkeeper was a 2010 NSCAA All-American as a junior, registering eight shutouts in 20 matches (including the NCAA Tournament). He allowed more than one goal on only four occasions. Bingham helped lead Cal to a 14-2-4 record and allowed just 17 goals in 2010, posting a 0.77 goals against average. The Golden Bears fell to the eventual NCAA Champion Akron Zips in penalties in the quarterfinals.
As a sophomore in 2009, Bingham was named to the All Pac-10 Second Team, posting four shutouts in 16 starts with a 0.95 goals against average. He also appeared in one game as a freshman, backing up current Toronto FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
The Pleasanton native played his club soccer for Mustang, and was on the team that made it to the Super Y-League U-17 National Championships in 2007. Bingham was a three-year varsity starter at California High School in San Ramon, Calif.
Bingham was on trial with Fulham FC in England when he received his Generation adidas offer. In order to fulfill his commitment to the trial process, he chose to forgo the MLS SuperDraft and signed after the Jan. 13 event. Bingham was then entered in a weighted lottery, where San Jose held only an 8.8% chance (fifth highest) of landing the Bay Area product.
Transaction: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) – San Jose Earthquakes sign GK David Bingham.
Weight: 185 lbs
Born: October, 19 1989 in Castro Valley, Calif.
Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif.
Citizenship: United States
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