SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes acquired Arturo Alvarez from FC Dallas on Monday in the low-scoring club's latest attempt to pump up its offense.
San Jose, which traded forward Kei Kamara to the Houston Dynamo last week for cash and a first-round pick in next year's draft, then traded the same money and draft choice to FC Dallas for Alvarez.
The 23-year-old Alvarez, who plays both midfielder and forward, has three goals and three assists in 16 games with FC Dallas this season. He was drafted by the Quakes in 2003 and made 26 appearances with the club over two seasons before San Jose traded him to Dallas.
"Arturo is a dynamic attacking player who should fit in well with our team," Earthquakes general manager John Doyle said. "He also has great versatility, which is important for us as we continue to build our team."
Last-place San Jose's 12 goals in 18 games are the fewest for any MLS team.
Earlier Monday, FC Dallas acquired midfielder Bruno Guarda from the Colorado Rapids for two draft picks and a partial allocation.
The Brazilian-born Guarda decided to give up his final year of college eligibility after the MLS draft in January, and Colorado won his rights in a lottery last week.
The Rapids will get second- and third-round picks from FC Dallas in next year's draft, plus financial considerations for acquiring a replacement player.