In another big blow to the Earthquakes, newcomer Matias Perez Garcia of Argentina underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday and is expected to be out four to six weeks, the club announced.

Perez Garcia, the club's third-ever designated player, suffered a torn meniscus in a 5-0 loss against FC Dallas on Saturday, but the extent of the damage was not known until this week, a club official said. The midfielder played the entire 90 minutes of the match.

Suddenly with an opening on the attack, the hobbled Quakes face the host Seattle Sounders Wednesday night.

Quakes coach Mark Watson gave the 5-foot-5 Perez Garcia positive reviews after the FC Dallas game, saying his play would improve with more playing time.

"I thought Matias did well, for the most part." Watson said on Monday. "It's still new. It will take time to have a great understanding, but he showed his quality and his intelligence. The longer he works with the team, the more comfortable he'll feel."

Perez Garcia, 29, scored in his Quakes' debut, a 2-2 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 8 after signing with the club on July 31. The creative playmaker was expected to play a key role in the team's last-ditch drive toward a possible playoff berth.

Perez Garcia has spent his career in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and France. Most recently, he completed two seasons with CA Tigre of Argentina, leading Los Matadores in scoring both years.


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The Quakes are reeling from injuries. Target forward Steven Lenhart (knee surgery) and center back Clarence Goodson (foot injury) have been out.