Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Earthquakes announced Tuesday that Jamaican midfielder Khari Stephenson has returned to the club after one season away with Real Salt Lake. The club also announced that it has waived midfielder Walter Martinez. Per league and team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
An 11-year professional with experience in Europe and MLS, Stephenson began his career with the Kansas City Wizards in 2004, making nine appearances in two years before departing for Sweden. The 33-year-old returned to MLS after five years in Europe, signing with the 'Quakes on Aug. 11, 2010 and helping the club win the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2012. He was selected by Real Salt Lake during Stage 2 of the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Process and went on to record one goal and one assist in 19 games with the Claret and Cobalt.
Martinez, 31, scored two goals and added two assists in 15 appearances for the Earthquakes. He originally signed with San Jose on March 15, 2013 after three seasons in China.