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Nick Garcia pens new San Jose Earthquakes contract

Defender Nick Garcia has signed a long-term deal with the San Jose Earthquakes. Garcia, who turns 30 in April, will start his 10th MLS season in San Jose, which last year traded its No. 1 overall draft pick to Kansas City for him.

"We had some good moments in the second half of last year, but no one here is content with where we finished in the standings,'' Garcia said. "We need to start strong and play consistently both at home and on the road and if we do, we will have a chance to contend this season.''

Garcia made $143,000 last season, according to the MLS Players union. Terms of his new contract were not released.

The Quakes also hope to finalize the contract of veteran goalkeeper Joe Cannon soon but the status of right winger Ronnie O'Brien remains unresolved.

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