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D.C. United expects Ammann to return to training on Monday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Saturday, February 17, 2001) -- All-Star goalkeeper Mike Ammann, who walked out of D.C. United training camp after only one day with his new team, is expected to rejoin United on Monday.

Ammann was upset when he was traded earlier this month from New Jersey’s MetroStars to Washington because of lost financial opportunities in the New York area. At first threatening to retire, Ammann eventually brought his wife and children to the Nation’s Capital, but returned to his New Jersey home after practicing Monday.

"There still needs to be some negotiating done, but I explained to Mike that we can’t have those conversations without him being here," United president and general manager Kevin Payne told The Washington Post. "I’m confident we’ll get this resolved."

Ammann, 30, whose contract runs through 2002, was acquired by United in a pre-draft trading binge in a deal that sent midfielder Richie Williams and a league player allocation to the MetroStars.

"I was hoping this would be settled by now, but it’s not," he told The Post after he left camp.


Lavrinenko send Fire over Mutiny again

TAMPA, Fla. -- Midfielder Yuri Lavrinenko’s goal in the 54th minute gave the Chicago Fire a 1-0 decision over the Tampa Bay Mutiny at Shimburg Park Soccer Complex, its second exhibition victory over its Central Division rival in two days.

Lavrinenko tallied after receiving passes from forward Seth George and defender Carlos Bocanegra..

Led by Fire captain Peter Nowak’s two goals and two assists, the Fire defeated Tampa Bay 5-0 Thursday in Bradenton, Fla.


Earthquakes to depart for Mexico

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes depart tomorrow for Guadalajara, Mexico, for two weeks of training which will include matches against Mexican first-division teams Atlas, Chivas, and Tecos, as well as its MLS Central Division rival Dallas Burn.

New coach Frank Yallop will have his first chance to see his team in competitive match play.

Three Earthquakes roster players will not make the trip. Newly-acquired defender Jeff Agoos will be training with the United States national team as it readies for its February 28 World Cup qualifier against Mexico. Defender Jamie Clark and midfielder Wojtek Krakowiak are recovering from surgery to repair hernias.

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