The San Jose Earthquakes have completed a trade with Orlando City SC that will see them bring in El Salvadorian central midfielder Darwin Ceren in exchange for Argentine winger Matias Perez Garcia.
San Jose Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear recently spoke about the trade and his excitement towards bringing Ceren into the team. “We think Darwin is a good young player who is going to add bite to our midfield. Every time I saw him play for Orlando, I thought he would be a good fit for us and I’m glad we have had the opportunity to bring him here,” said Kinnear. “I like his tenacity. He’s a good passer of the ball. Speaking with people who’ve been around him, they say his attitude from day to day is fantastic… I think he covers a lot of ground. He’s a good tackler, closes space down really well. But on the other side of it, he’s a very good passer of the ball and that’s going to help us.”
Darwin Ceren comes to the Earthquakes with a good amount of MLS experience, having made 42 appearances for Orlando City SC since joining the club’s first team in 2015. In addition, Darwin Ceren has also made 34 appearances for the El Salvadorian national team and has recently been named the side’s captain.
San Jose Earthquakes General Manager John Doyle praised the signing, saying, “We’re looking forward to having Darwin join the team. He is a young, versatile center midfielder that will make the team better.”
While the acquisition of Darwin Ceren will certainly fill the Earthquakes’ hole in the midfield following the long-term injury of central midfielder Marc Pelosi, the departure of Matias Perez Garcia leaves the Quakes with a lack of offensive depth.
Dominic Kinnear immediately addressed this concern and told Earthquakes fans that he is looking to quickly bring in another forward, “We’re looking to add another forward to the team. Our attention will turn to trying to bring in a forward sometime soon.”
The Earthquakes next match comes on Friday against New York City FC at home in Avaya Stadium.