The San Jose Earthquakes kept busy on the squad building front this week, adding two more players to their 2017 roster with the signings of defender Marvell Wynne and midfielder Tommy Thompson to new multi-year contracts.
Wynne, who will be entering his 12th MLS season, was a bright spot for the Quakes the past two season since arriving via the MLS Re-Entry Draft. The 30-year-old defender played more minutes (5,531) during that span than any other Quake besides goalkeeper David Bingham. He has featured in 301 games since turning pro with the New York Red Bulls in 2006.
"Re-signing Marvell was always a priority for us," technical director Chris Leitch said in a club statement. "His speed, aggressiveness and ability to play multiple positions across the back line undoubtedly makes us a stronger and deeper club."
In 2016, Wynne switched between right back and center back duty, playing primarily in the middle as partner to Victor Bernardez when stalwart defender Clarence Goodson went down with injury. With the addition of Panamanian center back Harrold Cummings earlier this month, Wynne can slide back into his outside back role for the 2017 season.
"Marvell's versatility has been a strength of ours," head coach Dominic Kinnear said in a club statement. "We fully expect him to continue his good form from the last two years into 2017."
Thompson originally joined San Jose as the club’s first Homegrown Player signing prior to the 2014 season following one year of college soccer at Indiana University. The attack-minded midfielder has taken to the field 47 times in his three-year MLS career, but he has yet to score his first goal. Thompson also spent time with the Quakes USL affiliate Sacramento Republic in 2016.
"Tommy has shown a lot of promise in his first few seasons with the club and is a big part of the young core group of players we want to build around moving forward," said Leitch. "We felt it was important to restructure his contract to ensure he remains in a Quakes kit for years to come."
Thompson is still only 21 years old, and many expect that he will be a leader of the youth movement that Leitch, Kinnear, and new general manager Jesse Fioranelli are building. He is joined on the 2017 Earthquakes roster by fellow Homegrown Player signing Nick Lima (22) and MLS SuperDraft first round selection Jackson Yueill (19) as a trio of players that should factor into the Quakes success for many seasons to come.
"We're very happy we reached an agreement to keep Tommy with the club," said Kinnear. "We've seen a lot of improvement over the years and know he can become an even better player in the coming seasons."
As is MLS policy, contract details for both the new deals were not announced.