Earthquakes add young Spanish striker Arce

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The San Jose Earthquakes continue to revamp their roster, announcing on Friday that they have completed the signing of 24-year-old striker Mikel Arce.

The Spaniard has been training with the club for a while. He spent last season with Lourdes in the Spanish Tercera Division, equivalent to the fourth division in Spain, where the 6-foot-3 striker scored 20 goals. Before that, he was on the books with Real Sociedad and Numancia, among others.

Arce is the fifth new player to arrive in NorCal in the last two weeks. A month ago, the first-year club was the laughingstock of the league, languishing so deep in the cellar of the West that people forgot them. But with the signing of experienced striker Darren Huckerby and midfielder Francisco Lima, and the acquisition of Scott Sealy from Kansas City and Arturo Alvarez from Dallas, the Earthquakes are suddenly a difficult proposition for any team.

The side is just seven points out of the playoff zone. They have a chance to make a statement this Sunday when they renew the California Classico in a huge match against the Los Angeles Galaxy.