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Galaxy issues challenge to Nacional de Tijuana to prepare for Champions Cup.

PASADENA, Calif. (Friday, January 5, 2000) -- The Los Angeles Galaxy will take on Nacional de Tijuana of Mexico's Division 1A in an international friendly Sunday at B.C.N. Stadium at 5 p.m. (ET).

The match was scheduled to allow the Galaxy to prepare for the CONCACAF Champions Cup January 16-21 in Southern California.

Nacional de Tijuana, a farm team for Chivas of Mexican first division, completed recently its winter season with an 8-6-5 for 30 points which was eighth best overall and third best in its 1A group. Led by coach Pablo Luna, Nacional is training for the summer 2001 season.

The Galaxy, which scrimmaged Loyola Marymount University this afternoon, will be joined by its Major League Soccer brethren D.C. United in the Champions Cup which also includes CD Toluca, Pachuca CF, CD Olympia, Real CD Espana, LD Alajuensense and Joe Public.

Burn acquired Kubik from Chicago for Daniv

DALLAS -- The Dallas Burn acquired veteran Chicago Fire defender Lubos Kubik, trading away midfielder Sergi Daniv.

Kubik, 36, spent the last three years with the Fire, playing in 71 games and registering 15 goals and 22 assists.

"Lubos' skill and experience at the sweeper position will undoubtedly improve our back line and his leadership will prove invaluable to our younger players," said Burn president and general manager Andy Swift. "For the first time in team history, we will have the benefit of having a true sweeper on our roster."

A native of the Czech Republic, Kubik was allocated to Chicago prior to the Fire's inaugural season in 1998. In his first season in MLS, he was named the league's "Defender of the Year." and was honored as a member of the MLS Best 11. Additionally, he was a member of the 1998 and '99 MLS All-Star teams and was recognized as the Fire's Defender of the Year in 1998 and '99, while also earning the team’s "Most Valuable Player" honor in 1999.

"Two of the elements we needed to add to our roster this off-season were a sweeper and leadership," Swift said. "With Lubos, we accomplish both. I truly believe that the Burn now has arguably the best trio of international players in MLS."

Kubik tallied three goals and six assists in 2000, limited to 13 games by a sprained medial collateral ligament.

Kubik has made 56 appearances with the Czech Republic national team, including four games in the 1990 World Cup, and has scored 12 goals with the Czech side.

Draft day set

The 2001 MLS draft will be held Monday, February 5, at a yet to be specified site in South Florida.

Tampa Bay to face Celtic

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Mutiny will face Glasgow Celtic at the University of Tampa's Pepin-Rood Stadium on Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m., the fifth international friendly match in Mutiny history.

The match will mark coach Alfonso Mondelo’s first game at the helm.

Celtic, training in Orlando, Fla., during the winter break, is 20-1-3 to lead the Scottish Premier League.

Mutiny players are due back in Tampa Sunday. Seventeen of 20 rostered players from the final match of the 2000 season will report with midfielders Dominic Kinnear, Kevin Anderson (both abdominal surgery), and Josh Keller (ankle), and defender Mark Schulte (hernia) held out of training.

Goalkeeper Andy Kirk (retired) and forward Tico Tico Bucuane (released) are gone, as is forward Alan Prampin, who was on injured reserve the entire 2000 season and then retired.

New faces include midfielder Daniel Alvarez (Charleston Battery in 2000), Schulte (Minnesota Thunder), and midfielder Steve Armas, claimed from the Columbus Crew on waivers.

Etcheverry reaffirms international retirement

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry has made it clear he has no intention of playing for Bolivia again.

"Maybe someday I'll put on the green jersey again, but it'll only be to play a farewell match," he told La Prensa, adding he hoped that match would be in Washington. . . I'm going to support the Bolivian team like a fan, and I hope that the people in charge do a good job and raise up the team."

Chicago finished with Soldier Field

CHICAGO -- The 2001 season will be the Chicago Fire’s last at Soldier Field.

The National Football League Chicago Bears will remodel the stadium, leaving the Fire looking for a site – possibly Wrigley Field or Comiskey Park – to play in 2002 and hoping to talk the city into building a soccer-specific facility to be ready by 2003.

"We're looking in the city," Wilt told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The city has been very good to us, and we feel a commitment to the fans in the city of Chicago."

Chicago coach Bob Bradley still does not have a contract for 2001, but could be close to signing one.

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