Aug 18, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Marvin Chavez (81) controls the ball against Sporting KC during the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Earthquakes trade Marvin Chavez to Colorado Rapids for Atiba Harris


The wheelings and dealings continue for Mark Watson’s San Jose Earthquakes. Today, they traded Marvin Chavez to acquire Atiba Harris from the Colorado Rapids, according to MLSSoccer.com reports. As part of the deal, the Rapids will also retain a portion of Harris’ salary on their 2014 books.

“Marvin is a dynamic attacking player with a lot of international experience, who can both create and score goals,” Rapids technical director Paul Bravo said of the trade. “We’re eager to bring him into our squad and help him get settled in Colorado. We would also like to thank Atiba for his work here last year. He was a true professional and we wish him the best.”

“Atiba has been a successful player in this league for a number of years,” Watson remarked of the move. “We’ve always had our eyes on him and we’re happy to bring him to San Jose.”

After scoring three goals and assisting on 13 others in 27 matches in 2012 as San Jose won the Supporters’ Shield, Chavez had just one goal and an assist in 15 matches, while the journeyman Harris started in 24 of the 29 games he played in during 2013, scoring five goals and adding an assist.

Meanwhile, the Quakes announced that they have signed a partnership with San Francisco-based PIVOT Marketing Agency. The sponsorship-oriented agreement will explore partnerships for the club’s new stadium and jersey.

Among the local clients in PIVOT Marketing Agency’s portfolio are: The Clorox Company, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Phizzle, University of San Francisco, University of Pacific and Santa Clara University. PIVOT also works with America’s Cup contender Artemis Racing and MMA Inc. PIVOT is based in San Francisco and has an office in New York City.

Finally, the Earthquakes will play host to Seattle Sounders FC in one of Major League Soccer’s most heated rivalries on Aug. 2, 2014 to open the new Levi’s® Stadium. Earthquakes season ticket holders and Levi’s® Stadium SBL holders will have priority access to tickets for this event. Tickets for the general public go on sale at a later date.

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