Earthquakes sign midfielder Matias Perez Garcia as designated player

The California side hopes the diminutive Argentine can improve an attack which has managed just 22 goals in 18 games this season.

The San Jose Earthquakes announced they have signed Argentine attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia as a designated player. Per league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 29-year-old joins from Club Atletico Tigre of Argentina, where he scored 16 goals and had 10 assists in 77 appearances after joining the club in 2012. Perez Garcia has also played in Chile, Uruguay and France.

“It’s a monumental moment for the club,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle in a club release. “Matias is a dynamic, attacking player that will create chances for teammates as well as himself. I’m very excited to see the impact that he can have on this league for years to come.”

Perez Garcia is the third designated player in Quakes history, after Geovanni in 2010 and Chris Wondolowski, who earned the title in 2013.