Quakes trade for veteran Chung
The San Jose Earthquakes made a move to strengthen their depleted squad Friday by acquiring veteran midfielder Mark Chung from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for a portion of an allocation.
"We are happy to add a very good player in Mark Chung," said Earthquakes head coach Dominic Kinnear. "Mark is an experienced player who has been a good player in this league for many years. I know that he is going to be a good addition to our team."
Chung will take the roster spot of defender Troy Dayak, who was placed on the season-ending injury list with a torn ACL, but on the field the former Kansas City Wizards and MetroStars attacker is more likely to help fill the void created last weekend when Brian Mullan suffered an avulsion fracture to his ankle that will keep him out for at least a month. With forward Brian Ching also out four to six weeks and defender Craig Waibel done for the year, the Quakes were left in sore need of able bodies.
"Mark Chung's left foot alone is worth the price of admission," said Earthquakes president and general manager Alexi Lalas. "Add the rest of his body and mind and it's the deal of the century. We can't wait to get him into an Earthquakes uniform."
Said Chung: "I am very excited to play for the Earthquakes. I played with Dominic on the national team before the 1994 World Cup, so I have known him and John Doyle for a long time and I am excited to play for them now. The Earthquakes have always been a good team to play against and a team that I have always wanted to play for, so I am looking forward to it."
Chung, a 34-year-old MLS original, has scored 55 goals and registered 69 assists during his career, notching a career-high of 11 goals in both 2002 and 2003. He was named to the league's Best XI in 1997, 2002 and 2003, and he was also selected as an MLS All-Star in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003. Chung sits third on MLS' all-time lists for both appearances (260) and starts (249) behind Steve Ralston and former Rapids teammate Chris Henderson. This season, Chung has appeared in six of the Rapids' eight matches, starting five of them and notching one goal.
Jason Halpin is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.