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Wynalda traded to New England; Miami gets McKinley in return.

Eric Wynalda
Eric Wynalda, who had missed the Miami Fusion's last 14 games with a lower leg injury, was traded to the New England Revolution for defender\midfielder Ivan McKinley.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (July 8, 2000) -- Oft-injured striker Eric Wynalda, the leading scorer in the history of the United States menís national team, was traded today by the Miami Fusion to the New England Revolution for South African defender\midfielder Ivan McKinley.

"Eric's pedigree speaks for itself having proven himself at the international stage," Revolution coach Fernando Clavijo said. "His acquisition is another major step for us in our efforts to reach MLS Cup 2000."

Wynalda has scored one goal and recorded one assist in the six games he has played this season with the Fusion. He has scored 24 goals and recorded 31 assists in his Major League Soccer career. The 31-year-old last appeared for the U.S. in the Gold Cup in February, adding to his all-time lead with his 35th international goal.

"Ever since MLS started I've wanted to go to Boston," Wynalda said. "I'm happy that things finally worked out for me in order to play in New England."

Wynalda leaves the Fusion after tallying three goals and two assists in only 12 regular-season appearances since being traded from the San Jose Earthquakes to Miami last June. This season he played in six games before being sidelined with a nagging right calf\Achilles injury.

"We hope Eric finds success with his new team." Hudson said. "I just hope he doesnít play too well against us when we are matched up. I wish him the very best. Iíve always liked Eric. Heís a good guy and a big star in this league."

McKinley, a long-time Palm Bay, Fla., resident who was a two-time All-American at Lynn University in Boca Raton and played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the American Professional Soccer League, is a current member of South Africaís national team.

"Ivan gives us a lot of different possibilities," said Fusion coach Ray Hudson. "Heís a good central defender, he can play left back and he can play central midfield. Overall he brings a real maturity and hardness with his game that we have been lacking. Heís very dynamic and aggressive in the air. His attitude and work ethic is well known. And heís a great guy in the locker room. Plus heís a local boy. Itís going to be good to have him back in the neighborhood."

McKinley, 31, is, like Wynalda, a five-year veteran of MLS, having played more than three seasons in New England after spending his rookie 1996 campaign and part of the Ď97 season with the Tampa Bay Mutiny. A versatile performer who can play in several defensive or midfield positions, he has recorded 17 goals and 16 assists in 122 regular-season games. He is recognized as a tenacious player who is good in the air and possesses a powerful left foot.


Rapids looking for home field.

DENVER -- The Colorado Rapids might not have a home field to play on next season.

The Rapids' current home, Mile High Stadium, will be torn down after its main tenant, the National Football Leagueís Denver Broncos finish their 2000 season. The Broncos will play in an almost completed new stadium, near the current Mile High the following year.

The Rapids hope to play in the new stadium, which seats 70,000, but no deal has yet been reached. The Rapids hope to use only the lower bowl for a capacity of about 32,000.

"Our discussions with the Broncos have been very amicable," Rapids general manager Dan Counce said. "They're looking for a solution, and we're looking for a solution."

Even if the Rapids and Broncos reach an agreement, the yet unnamed stadium will not be completed until August, 2001, or midway through the next MLS season. So the question: where to play the first half of next year's schedule.

The team is looking into a range of options that includes: Folsom Field at the University of Colorado, a high school stadium known as Jeffco Stadium, and Wembley Park, a greyhound racetrack where the Colorado Comets amateur soccer team plays.

None of these venue meet MLS standard for field size or capacity.


Millonarios routs Mutiny 6-2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Colombian first-division team Millonarios routed the Tampa Bay Mutiny tonight in an exhibition at Pepin\Rood Stadium. Eric Quill and Manny Lagos had the Mutiny goals.

Rookie goalkeeper Matt Nyman saved seven in the shelling.

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