SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes bolstered their roster Wednesday by signing veteran defender Ramiro Corrales and forward Mike Fucito, the club announced.
The signing of Corrales, 35, was expected. The last remaining active player from Major League Soccer's inaugural season in 1996 will serve as a player-coach. He will be charged with helping groom the club's academy players.
"Ramiro has proven over the years that he's an excellent player in our league and on our team," coach Frank Yallop said in a statement.
The Salinas native is the Quakes' record holder in appearances, games started and minutes played through 11 seasons in San Jose. He ranks fifth in club history with 30 assists and is ninth in goals with 16.
Corrales showed no signs of slowing down last year with two goals and seven assists -- his second-best output in 14 MLS seasons. Corrales started 19 of his 22 games in helping the Earthquakes win the Supporters' Shield as the regular-season champion.
"We're happy to keep Ramiro on the field because I think he still has a lot to offer," general manager John Doyle said in a statement. "It's also a great opportunity for him to transition into a role on the technical staff."
Fucito has been impressive in preseason camp while most of the team's top-line forwards recover from injuries. San Jose sent a second-round draft pick to Portland for the right to sign the former Harvard star. The four-year veteran also has played at
"Mike's the type of player that we like," Yallop said. "He's hard working, aggressive and I always liked him from his days in Seattle. To see him on our team is great."
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