Quakes acquire O'Brien from Toronto FC

February 28, 2008

The San Jose Earthquakes announced Thursday that the team has acquired midfielder Ronnie O'Brien from Toronto FC in exchange for a first round draft pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money.

"Ronnie O'Brien adds a proven offensive threat to our team," said general manager John Doyle. "He has a great engine with a mind to go forward. His attacking mentality will keep opposing defenses honest and create a lot of opportunities for us."

During his six years playing in MLS, O'Brien has played 114 regular season games and seven postseason games. O'Brien is a four-time All-Star and has scored 12 goals recorded 39 assists.

O'Brien began his professional career at the age of 18 with Middlesbrough in the English Premier League. He spent two years with Middlesbrough before signing a five-year contract with Juventus of the Italian Serie A.