SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes made their first big move of the offseason Tuesday, sending left fullback Justin Morrow to Toronto FC for allocation money.
More changes are coming: general manager John Doyle said defender Steven Beitashour is considering opportunities to play in Europe and probably won't return. The Quakes plan to offer the Iranian national team player a contract, but "I don't know if we can afford to bring him back," Doyle said. "I don't blame him for trying to see if he can make it over there."
Beitashour, 26, played at San Jose-Leland High and San Diego State before the Quakes drafted him in 2010. He has two goals and 16 assists in four Major League Soccer seasons.
With coach Mark Watson returning Wednesday from a scouting trip in England, the Earthquakes are about ready to figure out their 2014 roster.
Doyle hopes to acquire two impact players as well as six role players through the draft, trades or abroad.
Doyle declined to identify players the team is targeting because any publicity could affect negotiations.
Club officials made scouting trips this fall to Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany and Portugal. They also have focused on the collegiate season that ended last weekend.
With budget limitations, the Quakes must make moves such as Tuesday's to have enough money to pay for positions where they need help, such as central midfield.
Morrow, a 2012 MLS All-Star, was expendable after losing his starting spot last season to Jordan Stewart of England.
Stewart and center back Clarence Goodson arrived in August to help stabilize the Quakes defense as the team made a strong run to finish just shy of making the playoffs.
Morrow, 26, made 71 appearances during four seasons in San Jose, which drafted him in 2010 from Notre Dame.
"You wish you could keep everybody but you can't," Doyle said. "You have to get strong throughout the team."
Morrow was willing to contend for a starting spot but told management he wouldn't be happy as a reserve.
Doyle is looking at options in the re-entry draft as well as next month's college draft, where San Jose has the ninth overall pick.
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