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Stoitchkov out for 8-10 weeks with groin tear; McBride also is injured

CHICAGO (Sunday, June 18, 2000) -- For one game, the absence of Chicago Fire forward Hristo Stoitchkov wasn’t too painful. Josh Wolff filled in and with Ante Razov, gave the D.C. United fits in a 3-2 triumph here at Soldier Field.

The Fire (9-6-1, 28 points) is atop Major League Soccer’s Central Division and is only five points behind the Kansas City Wizards’ league-best point total of 33.

Whether, Chicago’s resurgence will continue with the high-priced Bulgarian import Stoitchkov sidelined for eight-to-10 weeks with a groin tear will remain to be seen.

Stoitchkov had been battling a left groin injury for most of the season, but in a 4-2 loss to the Miami Fusion June 10, it was the right groin area that Stoitchkov aggravated. An MRI revealed a Grade 2 tear.


McBride fractures cheekbone

DENVER – The Columbus Crew suffered a serious loss in yesterday’s 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids. United States national-team striker Brian McBride went for a header in the 40th minute and collided with Colorado midfielder Paul Bravo. McBride dropped to the ground, holding his face after suffering a small fracture to his right cheekbone.

Columbus coach Tom Fitzgerald feared McBride could miss four-to-six weeks, though further diagnosis was pending. If that were the case, McBride could miss the first one or two U.S. World Cup qualifying matches in July.

McBride missed five games in 1999 with a fractured left cheekbone, an injury probably more severe than the current one.


Haynes retires, joins Burn front office

DALLAS -- A day after he retired from the Dallas Burn, Brian Haynes was hired by the club as manager of community programs and team liaison.

Haynes, 38, one of the rapidly decreasing players who were on an MLS roster since the league’s first opening day in 1996, will oversee and help develop Burn community programs and as a liaison between the staff, players and community.

"We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to add Brian to our front office staff," said Burn president and general manager Andy Swift said. "Brian is not only very well-liked in the community, but is also an exemplary role model . . . Brian will undoubtedly be a great ambassador not only for the Burn but for the sport of soccer."

In his four-plus years with the Burn, Haynes, a midfielder, played in 77 regular season games, scoring eight goals while adding six assists. He was the fourth-leading scorer on the team in 1996 with four goals and three assists for 11 points.

"I am thrilled to be able to continue working with the Dallas Burn," Haynes said. "The Burn organization has been like a family to me for the past four years and I look forward to helping out in any way I can to help this organization continue to be one of the best in MLS."

The Burn filled the open roster spot by signing striker Michael Burke, who started the season with D.C. United before being cut.

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