Busch signs with Earthquakes; Will backup Cannon

SuperLiga 2009 Final Tigres UANL v Chicago Fire

Just got off the phone with Jon Busch. He let me know that he has come to terms on a deal with the San Jose Earthquakes, officially signing a contract with the club this morning. Busch will start his career in San Jose as the number two goalkeeper, playing the role of backup to incumbent Earthquake keeper Joe Cannon.

"I talked to [San Jose General Manager] John Doyle the other day about it and... [told me that I'm going to come in as the number two]," said Busch -- who arrived in San Jose late Monday night. "I'm just excited to have a fresh start and new possibilities out here, both on and off the field. I'm just really excited to help San Jose in any way I can and I'm going to do what I've always done in the 14 years [I've been playing professional soccer], just put my head down and work and do what I can do and leave the rest up to the coaching staff." For the most part, Busch downplayed the significance of his return to Chicago -- which will come in the Fire's home opener on April 10th.

"At the end of the day it's a game that both teams will obviously want to win" Busch said. "It might be a little hard emotionally... seeing the fans again for the first time but at the end of the day what's done is done and I am now a San Jose Earthquake and our job is to come in there and find a way to get a result."

Very happy that Jon was able to land back on his feet so quickly. It'll be nice to see him come back to Chicago next week for the home opener. As if we all weren't excited enough already...

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  • FLASHBACK: remember when we played Columbus in the semis two or three years ago and Busch was out for revenge against Sigi Schmidt after he cut him and Busch had had to play backup to Pickens for a season and we lost anyway? Is history going to repeat itself? I could totally see this happening. And when are we going to find out the truth about why we cut him anyways?

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