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Quakes sign Salinas to new contract

Just days after recording his first multi-point game since 2015, Shea Salinas was rewarded with a new multi-year contract.

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The San Jose Earthquakes announced Tuesday midfielder Shea Salinas was signed to a new multi-year extension with the team.

"I'm excited to continue my career with San Jose,' Salinas said Tuesday. "I have loved living here and playing for the Earthquakes, so I'm excited to remain with the club into the foreseeable future."

The 29-year-old Salinas ranks third all-time in franchise history in games played (173) and assists (36). He has appeared in 68 consecutive matches for San Jose, tops amongst any other active player of the organization. During his nine-year MLS tenure, Salinas has spent seven seasons with the Quakes, including each of the last five.

He ended last season with a career-high three goals.

Earthquakes manager Dominic Kinnear expressed his joy in the fact Salinas will remain in San Jose, and said the extension was well deserved.

"Shea has had a good career here and we're happy to extend his time," said Kinnear. "He is an important part of the team and his new contract is thoroughly deserved."

Thoroughly deserved indeed — during San Jose's match against Orlando on Saturday, Salinas came off the bench in the 62nd minute and proceeded to set up the opening score for the Quakes' Chad Barrett. He followed that up by scoring the equalizer on the last touch of the game late in stoppage time to lead San Jose to a 2-2 draw.

It was Shea's first multi-point game since registering two assists in a 5-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City in August of last year.