Lukic solidifies Quake middle

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SAN JOSE - Dusan Lukic fits the mold well.

The mold of a playmaking midfielder that is, as established over the past two seasons by Tony Simoes for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Lukic, who arrived Tuesday from the OFK First Division team in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is expected to fill the vacancy left by Simoes, who won't be returning to the Quakes this season.

The 5-8, 29-year old midfield comes highly regarded by Quake coach Gabbo Gavric.

"We expect him to fill in the gap left by Tony," Gavric explained. "He's a good playmaker and should added some offensive punch from our midfield, which didn't score many goals last year."

In addition to signing Lukic, the Quakes also put Victor Kodelja's name on a contract, when he arrived to workouts. That brought the total number of players in camp to 20, with three still to arrive later.

English defender Ian Wood and Yugoslavian sweeper Dave Davidovic aren't expected
for at least three more weeks.

Leroy Spann, the winger from Trinidad, is expected to arrive next week for a tryout period. Gavric had hoped to have Spann here for the opening of workouts, two weeks ago, but visa difficulties have delayed his arrival.