Quakes negotiating to keep veteran midfield

[MLS] Apparently, goalkeeper Joe Cannon isn't the only player feeling management's salary pinch in San Jose.

General manager John Doyle told the 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.

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