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Burn's Kreis has his knee scoped, is out 3-6 weeks, Kinnear is new Earthquakes assistant coach.

DALLAS -- Dallas Burn forward Jason Kreis underwent arthroscopic surgery this morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. He will begin rehabilitation immediately and is expected to be 3-6 weeks.

Meanwhile, defender Steve Bernal and midfielder Gary DePalma were waived. Bernal was a third-round selection in last year's draft, but never played for the Burn. DePalma was a fifth-round pick this year.


Kinnear named San Jose assistant

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dominic Kinnear, a former San Jose player and native of nearby Fremont, was named by the Earthquakes to assist new head coach Frank Yallop.

"When Frank asked me to join him on the coaching staff, I knew it was an opportunity I could not pass up," Kinnear said. "To be able to come home to the Bay Area as a coach is incredibly special."

Kinnear, 33, a former United States national team midfielder, capped an 11-year professional career when he retired from the Tampa Bay Mutiny following the 2000 season. His first professional coaching position comes under his former Mutiny teammate.

"Dominic is a true student of the game," Yallop said. "Playing along side of him in Tampa Bay, I learned first hand of his quick mind and innate strategic sense. He's young, spirited and a great fit for the organization. We are thrilled to have him on board."

Kinnear, born in Glasgow, Scotland, grew up in Fremont, Calif., and played collegiate ball at Hartwick before he joined his first professional team, the San Francisco Blackhawks, in 1989.

Kinnear made his first of 56 appearances with the U.S. men in 1990, and was the team's second-leading scorer in 1993 with seven goals and one assist in 21 matches. An emergency appendectomy kept him from playing in the 1994 World Cup.

Kinnear began his MLS career as an allocation to the Colorado Rapids for the league’s inaugural 1996 season. He was traded to San Jose in 1997 and then moved in 1998 to Tampa Bay in 1998.

In other news, the Earthquakes waived forward Fabio Eidelwein, a 25-year old Brazilian striker from the Premier Development League's Des Moines Menace who was acquired in the fourth round of the recent draft.

Jed Mettee was named the team's director of media relations.


Rapids to tour Portugal for two weeks

DENVER -- The Colorado Rapids leave tomorrow for Portugal and a two-week training stint that will include exhibition matches against top-flight clubs.

The Rapids, visiting Portugal for the second year in a row, will play matches against Benfica, Belenenses, Sporting Lisbon, Estorile, and Orientale. The Rapids had a record of 1-3 last season against Portugese teams.

The trip to Portugal provides new coach Tim Hankinson his first opportunity to observe the team in competitive match play. "Our first game against Benfica will give us a good idea of the team's match-fitness," he said. "Benfica's field is very large, one of the biggest I have seen and there will be a lot of room to run and see how close we are to being ready."

Several guest players will join the Rapids in Portugal to provide more depth on the team. One who will be missing is defender Marcelo Balboa who will remain in Denver to finish rehabilitation from abdominal surgery.

"Marcelo will be better served staying at home and working with our strength and conditioning coach, John Ireland, than going overseas and trying to play himself back into match-fitness," said Rapids trainer Theron Enns, who expects Balboa to join the team for MLS spring training in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on March 12.


Mutiny and Fire meet at youth event

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Mutiny and Chicago Fire will hook up in an exhibition for the second time in three days tomorrow at the Shimburg Park Soccer Complex as part of the Fourth Annual Tampa Bay Mutiny\TECO Under-8 Jamboree at Town 'N Country.

Over 200 children are expected to participate as their teams attempt to move through the six-vs.-six competition. After those games, starting at 8:30 a.m. with Mutiny players serving as referees and instructors, Tampa Bay will take on the Fire at the main field

The Fire dropped the Mutiny 5-0 Thursday at The Soccer Academy in Bradenton. Peter Nowak had two goals and an assist with Carlos Bocanegra, John Wolyniec and Seth George adding single tallies.


Fusion waives defender Aldrich

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Miami Fusion has waived defender Jeremy Aldrich today. Aldrich, 23, made four appearances with one start last season after a solid rookie campaign in 1999 in which he made 18 appearances with 14 starts.

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