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Earthquakes’ Azizi gets three-game suspension for misconduct; Metros obtain Jolley in trade; Pope gets knife.

NEW YORK (Wednesday, April 19, 2000) -- San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Khodadad Azizi for has been suspended for three games and fined the player $7,500 for misconduct during his club's 2-0 loss at Kansas City Saturday.

Azizi, who has started all four San Jose games in his first MLS season, was ejected in the 74th minute of the match. The Iranian national team star had received one yellow card for ungentlemanly conduct, then a second and expulsion for violent in a tussle in front of the Wizards’ net.

In addition to Azizi's suspension and fine, five other MLS players were levied fines today by the league. D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry was fined $500 for prolonged excessive dissent during and after United's 2-1 loss at New England on April 15. United midfielder Richie Williams, forward Jaime Moreno and midfielder Geoff Aunger were each fined $250 for prolonged excessive dissent after United's 2-1 loss at New England on April 15.

Chicago Fire midfielder Diego Gutierrez was fined $250 for violent conduct in the 13th minute of Chicago's 1-0 victory over Miami on April 15.


MetroStars acquire Jolley, Hernandez

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The MetroStars have acquired defender Steve Jolley and defensivemidfielder Daniel Hernandez in separate trades today..

In the first trade, the MetroStars sent a second round 2001 draft pick to the Los Angeles Galaxy for Jolley. In the second, the team traded the rights to Daniel Alvarez, the MetroStars fourth-round pick in he 2000 draft, to the Tampa Bay Mutiny for Hernandez.

"These are trades that inject two quality players into our roster with a winning attitude," said MetroStars president and general manager Nick Sakiewicz. "Both coach (Octavio) Zambrano and I have experience with Daniel Hernandez, while Octavio coached Jolley during his time in Los Angeles. Both players are skillful at their positions and will help improve the team."

Jolley, a central defender who was L.A.’s first-round draft selection in 1997,, was a member of the Galaxy's defensive unit that allowed a league-low 29 goals last season. He was among the Galaxy's most reliable starters, amassing 1,940 minutes in 25 games in leading the Galaxy to MLS Cup '99. Both of his goals in 1999 came off headers and proved to be game-winners.

Jolley saw only four minutes of action this season.

"Steve has been a valuable member of the Galaxy and is a player with many abilities," said Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid. "However, this is the right move at this point for Steve and the Galaxy."

Hernandez will add depth to the Metros midfield. He was acquired at the trading deadline last season by Tampa Bay from the Galaxy in exchange for Jorge Salcedo and was Jolley’s teammate in L.A. in 1998 and 1999.

Hernandez appeared in 14 MLS games last season and logged just two games and seven minutes in Tampa this year.

Tampa Bay also traded its 2001 third-round and 2002 second-round draft picks to the Colorado Rapids for midfielder Kevin Anderson.

Anderson was a 27-year-old rookie for the Rapids last season who played in 17 matches, starting 11. A former A-League standout with Long Island and Minnesota, Anderson comes to Tampa familiar with Mutiny president and general manager Bill Manning, who held those titles with those clubs during Anderson's tenure at each.

Anderson has appeared in four games for the Rapids this season, starting two. He participated in both Colorado matches versus Tampa Bay, and his last match with the Rapids was Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium.


D.C. United loses Pope to knee surgery

HERNDON, Va. -- D.C. United defender Eddie Pope underwent successful surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left knee today and will miss two-to-four weeks.

Pope was awake throughout the hour-long procedure by team doctor William Hazel. "We did surgery this morning on Eddie Pope, and we found what we thought we were going to find, which was a little bit of softening on the cartilage surface of the bone," said United trainer Rick Guter. "We did a little drilling to help the loosened cartilage re-attach to the bone. We're trying to get it to re-attach with a little bleeding so it will heal more quickly. It looks like he's going to be out two-to-four weeks. We want to make sure we get as much healing as we possibly can so it doesn't turn into a long-term problem."

Pope initially injured his knee last July 4 when he suffered a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in a match at San Jose which forced him from the pitch in the 85th minute. He aggravated the injury during a preseason match in the Grand Cayman Islands in March.

"We're disappointed obviously that a key player has undergone surgery," said United coach Thomas Rongen. "On the other hand I'm very pleased with the outcome of it, as it could have been worse. I think in Eddie's case right now we did the right thing. He's going to come back as healthy as possible."


Burn promotes Swift to president and general manager.

DALLAS -- Dallas Burn vice president of marketing and broadcasting Andy Swift has been promoted to president and general manager for the team.

Swift takes over the position vacated by former GM Billy Hicks, who left the team late last month to become vice-president with the new XFL football league.

John Alper, previously vice president of sales moves up to senior vice president. Paul Mott, formerly senior vice president of operations and administration for the team moves to the MLS office in New York to work under chief operating officer Mark Abbott.

"While personally I am excited, the internal appointment is more a reflection on the hard work that the entire Burn staff has put forth since the team's inception," said Swift, who has been with Dallas since February 1996. "We have been among one of the best teams in the league in our grass-roots marketing efforts, and now I look forward to helping the team to the next level, both on the field and with our fans."

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