SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes have agreed to terms to bring French midfielder Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi to San Jose, although the deal has not been finalized, a team spokesman said Monday.

Pierazzi appears to be the first move the Quakes plan to make to start the year. Another deal could be announced this week, although who it might involve has not been disclosed. The team also has the No. 9 pick in the Major League Soccer draft that will be held Jan. 16 in Philadelphia.

Pierazzi, 28, was captain of AC Ajaccio, a Corsican team that plays in Ligue 1, France's premier division. The central midfielder was captain of the only team he had represented until now. Pierazzi, known as a defensive midfielder, came to MLS on a free transfer.

He fills the void after San Jose lost center midfielder Rafael Baca last month to Mexican club Cruz Azul. With the preseason starting next month, the Quakes also expect to replace fullback Steven Beitashour, who wants to play in Europe. And it doesn't appear outside midfielder Marvin Chavez will be back after telling Honduran media recently that he wants out of San Jose.

  • The Quakes announced they will play host to Mexican club Toluca on March 11 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. San Jose will travel to Toluca on March 19 for the second game in the home-and-home series.

  • Cal star Christian Dean announced on Twitter that he has signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS and will leave Berkeley a year early. Dean, of East Palo Alto, is expected to be one of the top picks in the MLS draft with fellow Cal central defender Steven Birnbaum.

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