The Earthquakes bolstered their roster by signing veteran defender Ramiro Corrales and forward Mike Fucito on Wednesday.
The signing of Corrales, 35, was expected. The last remaining active player from MLS's inaugural season in 1996 will serve as a player-coach.
Corrales is the team's record holder in appearances and games started through 11 seasons in San Jose. He didn't slow down last year with two goals and seven assists.
San Jose sent a second-round draft pick to Portland for the right to sign Fucito, who has played at Seattle and Montreal.
Former San Jose State tight end Ryan Otten contracted a staph infection while in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl. He told the Sacramento Bee that a cut on his middle finger turned into a swollen mess, but he refused to stop practicing because of his dream of getting to the NFL.
"I felt like it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be out there at the Senior Bowl," said Otten, who became so ill he told his mother that he thought he was going to die.
Otten was hospitalized for two days after the Jan. 26 Senior Bowl. After flying home, the hospital in
He was hospitalized for two days in California, and though he's home now, he has to go back to the hospital every day for intravenous antibiotic treatment.
Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage said this story will tell NFL teams that Otten is a tough kid. "He'll get a lot of credit for that," Savage said.
California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday. The 11/8-mile race is a Kentucky Derby prep race. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Zeewat will be ridden by Russell Baze.
Staff writers Elliott Almond and Jimmy Durkin and wire services contributed to this report.