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Lewis appears headed to England

By Robert Wagman
SoccerTimes

(Monday, March 13, 2000) -- United States starting left flank midfielder Eddie Lewis' tenure in Major League Soccer appears to be over.

Possibly as early as tomorrow, the San Jose Earthquakes star will be headed to England. MLS would receive a transfer fee from whatever English club signs the UCLA product. First Division club Fulham has been reported to be Lewis' destination.

MLS is trying to receive value for Lewis, who would be a free transfer after the 2000 season and has stated a desire to play overseas.

Should Lewis be transferred, San Jose will receive from MLS a player "allocation," which would be sent to Chicago to allow the Fire to sign Bulgarian World Cup star Hristo Stoitchkov. San Jose, in turn would likely receive young Ghanaian striker Junior Agogo, a spring training sensation and another player, probably a defender.

Lewis has made no secret he wants to move to Europe and does not intend to sign another MLS contract. The Premier League transfer deadline is March 24,

"I know they are talking," Lewis said. "I want to go abroad and I guess the sooner the better."

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com.

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