SAN JOSE -- The Earthquakes want to keep a majority of their players who won the 2012 Supporters Shield but it won't be easy with a limited payroll. Here's a look at those who might not return:

SIMON DAWKINS: The English striker wants to stay in San Jose but has played in MLS through a loan with English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. The Quakes probably don't have the money to buy him outright -- and Dawkins, 24, doesn't want another loan deal.

JEAN-MARC ALEXANDER: The 26-year-old defender barely makes the MLS minimum but is expendable after playing only eight minutes this season.

RAMIRO CORRALES: The aging fullback says he would retire if he doesn't play in San Jose next year. Corrales, 35, might need to make less than his reported $183, 875 earnings to remain with the team.

JOEY GJERTSEN: Gjertsen, 30 didn't play this year because of injury after starting 29 games the previous two seasons. The right-side midfielder who earns $93,625 might be too expensive to keep.

SERCAN GUVENISIK: The 32-year-old Turkish striker played in only five games in his first MLS season. Guvenisik, who was not with the club the past two weeks because of a personal leave, is vulnerable with a salary of $103,333.

KHARI STEPHENSON: The Jamaican midfielder's playing time was cut in half from 2011 because of the fierce competition at his position. Stephenson, 31, might be too expensive at his current salary of $203,333.


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TIM WARD: The fullback has played in three games in two years because of injuries. With Steven Beitashour and Justin Morrow developing into top-notch defenders it's doubtful the Earthquakes have room for Ward, 26.

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