SAN JOSE -- The "Bash Brothers" era is officially over for the Earthquakes.

Veteran forward Alan Gordon has been dealt to the Los Angeles Galaxy for allocation money, the club announced Monday.

Gordon, 32, and Steven Lenhart, 27, drew the bashing moniker in 2012 when they tormented defenders during career seasons, the two often rotating in for each other as target forwards.

But injuries, a decline in production and the club's transition toward a more varied attack this season has made the pair seem expendable. Lenhart remains with the Quakes but is out with a knee injury.

Gordon, a Long Beach native who was selected by the Galaxy in the 2004 draft, departs as the ninth-leading scorer in Quakes history with 18 goals in 64 games. He joined San Jose in a July 2011 trade with Toronto FC.

"He's a real first-class person and a quality guy," Quakes coach Mark Watson said.

San Jose's addition of designated player Matias Perez Garcia of Argentina on July 31 underscored the team's de-emphasis on its predictable attacking ways.

But injuries took a toll on Gordon, who hadn't scored in 15 games this season. He had just four goals and three assists in 2013.

"Unfortunately, Alan has had a bunch of injuries, but I don't think Alan gets the credit he deserves for toughing things out and playing injured," Watson said. "He's someone that if his leg was broken, he would play and give everything he had. It's a real credit to Alan."


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In 2012, Gordon followed a grueling offseason -- in which he rehabilitated his surgically repaired abdominal and hip muscles -- with a brilliant season. He led the Quakes to the Supporters' Shield with career highs in goals, 13, and assists, seven. He was named to Juergen Klinsmann's U.S. national team roster in advance of a 2012 game against Mexico but did not make an appearance.

He's played in one game for the national team, assisting Eddie Johnson's winning goal in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Antigua & Barbuda in 2012.

Gordon scored a number of memorable goals with the Quakes, including two stoppage-time winners against the Galaxy.

"We would like to thank Alan for everything he has done for this club," general manager John Doyle said in a release. "Alan has produced many great moments during his years with the Earthquakes."

Gordon has endured controversy as well. He was suspended by the league for three games for using an anti-gay slur in Portland in 2013, which he later apologized for.

Gordon played his first seven seasons with the Galaxy. He spent one season with Toronto and one with Chivas USA.