Earthquakes announce Argentine playmaker Perez Garcia as Designated Player signing

Matias Perez Garcia (Getty)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Good things come in small sizes. That is what the San Jose Earthquakes are hoping, at least.

The Earthquakes announced on Thursday that they have signed diminutive attacking midfielder Matias Perez Garcia to a Designated Player deal. The 5-foot-5 Perez Garcia, 29, joins the club after having last played for Club Atletico Tigre in his native Argentina.

“We’re very excited to sign Matias,” said Earthquakes head coach Mark Watson in a statement. “He adds a very experienced, technical attacking quality that will be a great complement to the squad we already have. We look forward to having him join the team.”

Perez Garcia has played for a number of clubs in various leagues throughout his professional career, which began in 2002. Some of the teams he has spent time at include Argentina outfit Lanus, French side Chamois Niortais FC, and Universidad de Chile.

He also previously represented Argentina at the Under-17 and Under-20 levels, playing alongside the likes of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez.

“It’s a monumental moment for the club,” said Earthquakes general manager John Doyle. “Matias is a dynamic, attacking player that will create chances for teammates as well as himself. I’m very excited to see the impact that he can have on this league for years to come.”

Perez Garcia becomes the third DP in Earthquakes’ history after Brazilian playmaker Geovanni¬†and U.S. Men’s National Team forward Chris Wondolowski. Geovanni is no longer with the club, but Wondolowski is.

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What do you think of the Earthquakes signing Perez Garcia? Think his size could hinder his ability to make an impact in MLS? Do you see him helping the Earthquakes make a postseason push?

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26 Responses to Earthquakes announce Argentine playmaker Perez Garcia as Designated Player signing

  1. Vik says:

    Hopefully will add some quality to the attack. Right back is still a problem… way to let Beitashour go.

  2. Vermilion Slim says:

    This seems like a bit of a stretch for a DP position. Hopefully this is a case where the scouts quickly prove fan perception wrong and he makes an immediate impact. Looking at his resume, though, doesn’t give too much hope.

    This would be like a J-league team make Robbie Findley their highest paid player. Sure, Findley isn’t bad, but is he really worth that much money? Perhaps that analogy is a bit of a stretch… I don’t know.

    • Emmanuel Herrera says:

      I would say J-league is around the same level as MLS so that would be a lateral move. Seeing Findley is an average player MLS it’s tough to make to make that comparison with Garcia’s move to MLS. Argentina’s Primera is definitely better than MLS, I’d say.

  3. NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

    Argentines are taking MLS by storm and they have one of the best DIVISION 2 in the world. Their division 1 is broken and has no money or big stars, besides boca juniors and river plate and some historic small teams.
    That’s why boca junior is looking got ronaldinho :)
    For example, in Mexico, the teams are looking for ecuador and Colombian players and some argentines.
    So now the argentines are coming to MLS, no rocket science :)
    Hopefully MLS can steal top players from Mexico and all South Americans come to MLS, that would make MLS big, then if you add the Europeans and Americans :) good stuff
    As for San Jose, I feel bad for their fans. Bad name, bad ownership, and bad new crest.
    Another thing, what’s so hard about MLS teams getting top talent from ligaMX and give them DP money.
    Look at Marco Fabian, Castillo, torrado, guti Pena, pulido, they have many players that can attract fans and help MLS.

    • Emmanuel Herrera says:

      Like Guardado once said in an interview, he could be making twice as much money in Mexico than in Spain, but the level of play in Europe is better than Mexico. Mexican players are happy to stay home and still earn a really nice wage. Mexican teams are very wealthy and corrupt.

      • NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

        Not really, Europe pays way more than Mexico. Mexico pays way more than MLS.
        But Mexico is trying to be like MLS, bring their older nationals home for Bradley type of money. The only teams that are loaded in mexico are chivas, America, Cruz azul, Monterrey rayados, Monterrey tigres and now Tijuana.
        Then you have pachuca, Leon own by same owner that have good enough money, even Carlos slim owns part Leon and pachuca.

  4. Joamiq says:

    I don’t know him, but I like the general idea of MLS teams going after guys who are in their primes and played on the youth teams of international powerhouses but weren’t quite good enough to make the leap to the senior team. There’s a pretty good chance of getting some technical quality at least that way.

  5. Vic says:

    Anyone know his issue, 7 teams in 8 years?

  6. slowleftarm says:

    Pretty underwhelming resume for a DP. Bounced around constantly, played for a few midtable Argentine sides. I wouldn’t say his signing is a “monumental moment.” He’ll probably be gone in a few months.

  7. jcr3 says:

    Remember that his salary may not be a DP salary because in the 1st year MLS also includes the transfer fee paid in determining his DP status. If San Jose paid $250,000, then his salary would only need to be high enough to make the combined total fall into DP category. This is why Saborio on RSL was a DP in his 1st year in MLS.

    • beto says:

      Gaby Torres in Colorado is like that too. First year salary + transfer fee made him a dp, now he is just an international squad player

  8. Matt says:

    Good signing, but “monumental” might be overstating it a bit.

  9. beto says:

    Whatever happened to Giovanni? He had a couple great games then disappeared… Wait and see with this guy

  10. Les Legroom says:

    In other news, Argentina has defaulted on their debt for the 2nd time in 10 years. Argentine clubs and players are hard up for cash so their clubs and players can be had for pennies on the dollar.

  11. NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

    Watching the chivas vs BM game should remember MLS and any market about getting a top mexican player, as a DP would be magic for the mexican fans.
    Imagine chicharito in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas. After World Cup Russia 2018 I see chicharito, Giovanni, Ochoa coming to MLS but I think the olde they get, it’s not the same as an international star like Lampard or villa or Beckham.
    I think a mexican loses profit and star power when they should come to MLS around 27 and up, not play hardball and wait. For instance, chicharito, Giovanni, guardado.

  12. frank from santiago says:

    River Plate and Racing Club, two of the biggest clubs in argentina were after him, so he’s definitely not a bad player, time will tell. also, he signed for 3yrs. and was bought for around 1.5 – 2 mil.

  13. a says:

    highest paid player in Mexico makes 2.5 million dollars which is like 28 million pesos. Most of the top mexican players make around 1 million dollars. their salary cap must be like probably 10-12 million dollars (just a guess). MLS clubs are nearly 3 million. Need to have that doubled by 2020 if we really wanna compete. Perhaps even do without a salary cap by 2025-2030.

    but we’re on the way.

    • Gary Page says:

      Don’t think Mexico has a salary cap. I remember a manager in the MLS a couple of years ago, after losing in the Champions League, complaining that some Mexican teams have a player payroll of $20 million. Could have just been exaggerated to cover his behind, though.

      • Vic says:

        Some Mexican Clubs spend between 5-10 million. There’s also some like Club American and Guadalajara that spend about 20 million. If MLS had the same contract from Univision as MFL, then MLS could have the same budgets.

        • McQ says:

          If MLS had the same viewership and ratings as MFL they would get the same contract. But it is still building its base and viewers. As the ratings continue to go up, the MLS tv$$ will go up as well.

  14. a says:

    amazed that Mexican players make so much at home that they don’t even try going to europe. then again the average Mexican is maybe 5’6. the average european is 5’11. average european footballer might be 6’1. Mexicans would be outclassed physically in europe.

    can’t think of many mexican footballers over 5’11

    • NASL TO EL PASO TX says:

      As matter if fact, their new generations are taller. This World Cup that Mexico took could have been taller but the coach went for average size mexican players.
      That was the talk in the mexican press, that the coach took average mexican size players compare to what they have now.
      Most of the new generation of mexican players are like 6′ average.
      Look at Ochoa the goalkeeper, their defense is pretty big, their future fowards have size as well, mostly all the team will look different by 2018.

      • a says:

        Ochoa is only 6 feet tall

        you’re right. they have much taller players now but still loads of 5’7 guys

  15. chris_thebassplayer says:

    Can’t wait to watch him play, hopefully he gets some minutes against Seattle. It will be interesting to see where we play him…underneath the forwards or out wide…finally some attacking talent to give us some options.