Quakes deal for Real Salt Lake midfielder Alexandre

Jean Alexandre of Real Salt Lake

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The San Jose Earthquakes sealed their second trade in as many days on Thursday, landing midfielder Jean Alexandre via a deal with Real Salt Lake.

Alexandre, 25, appeared in a career-high 19 games last season and scored the first MLS goal of his career while plugging into RSL’s midfield when needed. His lone goal was the game-winner in an RSL victory over Vancouver in Week 12, and he also chipped in two assists.

“Jean is a very versatile attacking midfielder with a great upside and we look forward to having him here in San Jose,” Earthquakes SM John Doyle said in a statement.

Real Salt Lake picked up San Jose’s first-round pick in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft in the deal.

San Jose also added midfielder Shea Salinas via trade on Wednesday, and announced they had re-signed forward Steven Lenhart to a multi-year deal.

Alexandre joined the league in 2009 and went on to appear in 15 matches in 2010 before he broke through with career highs across the board last season. He’s also suited up for the Haitain national team nine times since his international debut in 2008.

“Firstly, I want to thank God for giving me the ability to play soccer at the professional level, which is something I dreamed about for a long time and was able to fulfill with Real Salt Lake,” Alexandre said in a statement. “I also want to thank the RSL managerial and coaching staffs for providing me the opportunity to begin my career with the club, specifically Jason Kreis, who saw something in me and took a chance on me, and I’ll always be grateful for that. I really enjoyed my time with Real Salt Lake and wish the club nothing but the best.”

The trade was the second this week for RSL, who shipped defender Robbie Russell to D.C. United on Tuesday.