Apparently, goalkeeper Joe Cannon
isn't the only player feeling management's salary pinch in San Jose.
General manager John Doyle
San Jose Mercury News that negotiations with out-of-contract midfielder Ronnie O'Brien
have broken down. He earned $240,000 in base salary last year from Toronto in a trade.
O'Brien played 28 games for San Jose at right midfield in 2008, scoring four goals and assisting on six others. The dynamic Darren Huckerby
, whose swashbuckling play (14 games, six games,
four assists) on the left flank earned him honors as MLS Newcomer of the Year, overshadowed O'Brien after he arrived in midseason.
In November, the Quakes declined the 2009 option on
Cannon, due to earn about $215,000, and instead offered him a three-year contract at a lower salary. The two sides are reportedly close to a deal.
The Mercury News also reported that
Doyle expects to announce the signings of two forwards before the end of the month. Doyle scouted players in the Caribbean and England in December.
Doyle is reportedly interested in
signing two Jamaican players and another MLS team, according to a source, is negotiating the transfer of a striker from Joe Public of Trinidad & Tobago, which upset New England in the Concacaf
Champions' Cup last year.