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Miami gets Williams for draft pick, Baicher goes to Kansas City.

MIAMI, Fla. (Monday, January 3, 1999) -- The Miami Fusion acquired midfielder Andy Williams from Columbus for the Crew's first-round pick in the February 6 draft.

Williams, 22 and a member of Jamaica's colorful "Reggae Boyz" World Cup team, was a two-time All-American at University of Rhode Island. He made 34 regular-season appearances in two seasons with the Crew, recording one goal and 15 assists.

Williams is recognized as a technically gifted player with great vision and skill. He possesses the touch needed to be a dangerous passer, but has the power to fire cannons from long distance. In 1998, he set an MLS record by earning an assist in seven consecutive games. In the postseason, the young playmaker posted six assists in seven outings.

For Jamaica, he was the team's second leading scorer during 1998 World Cup qualifying. He has 17 caps and four goals in international competition. Last year, he was a member of Jamaica's under-23 team that competed in the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg.

"Andy is a unique player because at the age 22, he has already experienced two years of league play and a World Cup -- an element we would not be able to get from a draft pick," said Fusion managing director Doug Hamilton. "He adds to our team a double threat, as opponents will have to worry about his ability to score and create goals."

Since the end of the 1999 season, the Fusion has added two top national team players to its roster, with Williams joining forward United States striker Roy Lassiter, who was acquired from D.C. United in November.


Wizards get Baicher

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Revolution today received three picks in next month's draft from the Kansas City Wizards in exchange for midfielder Jeff Baicher and the Revolution's third-round pick, the 30th overall.

The Revolution obtained the Wizards' second-, third- and fourth-round natural picks, the 14th, 26th and 38th picks overall.

Baicher was originally acquired by the Revolution from the San Jose Earthquakes on August 13. He started 10 games for the Revolution, scoring one goal.

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