The Earthquakes added two veteran defenders and a versatile midfielder Friday in selecting three players in the Major League Soccer's re-entry draft.
San Jose bolstered its defense with right-side back Dan Gargan of the Chicago Fire and central defender Ty Harden of Toronto FC and also picked winger Bryan Jordan of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
General manager John Doyle said the team already has come to terms with Gargan, 30, who will be Steven Beitashour's backup. San Jose has seven days to make offers to Harden and Jordan.
The Quakes were the most active team in Friday's draft. The moves made sense after they traded center back Ike Opara to Sporting Kansas City this week for a second-round college draft pick. The team had declined options on five players after the season and Doyle said fullback Jed Zayner also is not returning.
"We lost a little of depth that we let go and we're now getting our depth back," he said.
San Jose needed to expand its roster because it earned a berth into the 2013 CONCACAF Champions League tournament as well as the U.S. Open after winning the MLS regular-season title.
Veterans such as Gargan and Harden should provide plenty of cover for the back line. Gargan, who turned 30 on Friday, has played on five MLS clubs since 2005. He appeared in 31 games for the Fire last season.
Harden, 28, broke into MLS in 2007 playing for coach Frank Yallop in Los Angeles. But the 6-foot-1 defender took 2009
"He's fine now," Doyle said. "We'll see how he does."
Jordan has spent his entire career with the Galaxy until now. He appeared in only eight games for the MLS Cup champions last season. Doyle likes Jordan's ability to play forward, in the midfield or on the back line.
None of the 19 MLS teams picked any of the five Earthquakes players in the draft. As a result, Jean Alexandre, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Khari Stephenson and Tim Ward are available on a first come first serve basis to all clubs. Corrales is expected to return to San Jose as a player/coach.
A total of 14 players
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