The San Jose Earthquakes have completed the signing of New York Red Bull defender Chris Leitch. Leitch goes to the Quakes for an undisclosed amount of allocation money and one of their eight international roster spots.

Leitch, who turns 30 on April 1, started 14 of 17 regular-season games and all four playoff games last year and recorded two assists. He was signed as a free agent from the Columbus Crew on July 5, 2007, and started 11 of 12 games down the stretch.

Leitch, who was training with the Red Bulls in Argentina, is expected to join the Quakes in California this week.