Shea Salinas Traded Back To San Jose Earthquakes From Vancouver Whitecaps

Shea Salinas will be switching teams for the third time in three years and he'll be going back to where his MLS career started. The 25-year-old was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes from the Vancouver Whitecaps for allocation money.

Salinas was originally a second-round pick of the Earthquakes in the 2008 SuperDraft and played two years there before being picked by the Philadelphia Union in the 2009 Expansion Draft. He was again picked in the Expansion Draft last year, which is how he ended up in Vancouver.

The constant movement is indicative of two things: He has shown enough talent to be interesting to several teams, but not enough to be considered a keeper by anyone. That he's headed back to San Jose, where he enjoyed his most success, is a bit of a low-risk, some reward proposition for the Earthquakes.

Salinas is probably most valuable as a full back, but has been most productive as a midfielder. Most of his time in San Jose was as a midfielder, where he scored two goals and had five assists in about 1,800 minutes over two seasons.

For more on this move, be sure to check out Earthquakes blog Quake, Rattle and Goal.

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