Newly acquired midfielder Darwin Ceren will be available for the San Jose Earthquakes when they play host to New York City FC on Friday at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
New York City (10-7-6) sits atop Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference standings with 36 points, three points ahead of second-place Toronto FC. San Jose (6-6-9) is eighth in the Western Conference with 27 points, two points behind the seventh-place Portland Timbers.
San Jose traded Matias Perez Garcia to Orlando City SC in exchange for Ceren just before the transfer window closed Wednesday. Earthquakes coach Dominic Kinnear said Ceren adds needed depth to a position that has been left thin at times this season due to injuries or suspensions to Fatai Alashe, Anibal Godoy and Marc Pelosi.
"I want to thank Matias for his service here," Kinnear said. "He was a model professional who gave everything for the team and we wish him well in Orlando. We think Darwin is a good young player who is going to add bite to our midfield. Every time I saw him play for Orlando, I thought he would be a good fit for us and I'm glad we have had the opportunity to bring him here."
Despite their struggles, the Earthquakes have lost only once at home this season. New York City, which is coming off a 1-1 draw in Houston on Sunday, is the only MLS team with a winning record on the road this season.
New York City is led by David Villa, who has scored 13 goals this season, and Frank Lampard, who has eight goals. Lampard recorded the first hat trick in club history last weekend when he scored three goals against the Colorado Rapids at Yankee Stadium. Lampard has eight goals and one assist in the team's last eight games and was named MLS Player of the Month for July.
San Jose is led by Chris Wondolowski, who has scored nine goals this season. Alberto Quintero is second on the team with three goals.
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