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Sommer signs to return to New England despite having salary reduced.

BOSTON (Wednesday, March 28, 2001) -- Goalkeeper Juergen Sommer, who closed the 2000 season with the New England Revolution but has not trained with them this year, is expected to sign a Major League Soccer contract tomorrow and rejoin the Revs.

"Juergen should be on our team by tomorrow," said Jurgen Mainka, the Revolutionís media relation director.

Sommer did not report to New Englandís preseason training, upset that he was asked to take a pay cut after last year being in the top tier of the MLS salaries.

Sommer was 5-5-1 with two shutouts for the Revs in last yearís stretch run before he broke his right ring finger and missed the regular season finale and playoffs.

Sommer, who had played in England from 1990-97, returned to Great Britain to tend goal for Bolton Wanderers for one FA Cup match during the offseason,

Sommer was a United States World Cup reserve in 1990 and 1998. "He's such a physically imposing guy that he gives the entire team confidence,'' commented Sunil Gulati, managing director of Kraft Soccer Properties, to the Boston Globe about the 6-foot-6 keeper. "We have looked at his injuries and taken it into consideration. That's why he'll go through the fitness test. . . If Juergen's fit, I think he will be a solid addition for us.''

Sommer suffered two anterior cruciate ligament tears while with the Columbus Crew in 1998.

The Revolution also signed Marco Antonio Cate hoping the 27-year-old Brazilian can provide a creative presence in midfield. When Cate is available to the team depends on how quickly his visa can be arranged.

Brown re-signs, returns to Fire

CHICAGO -- Defender C.J. Brown re-signed to return for a fourth season with the Chicago Fire.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. "I'm glad I re-signed and will be staying in Chicago," said the U.S. national team veteran. "Chicago has everything together. The organization is run well. The coaching staff is ideal for young and older players. I feel like this is my new home."

Brown, 25, was acquired by the Fire with the first overall selection in the 1998 supplemental draft and immediately became a fixture in the starting lineup where he has started and played 81 games scoring two goals and three assists for seven points. His third-minute goal against the MetroStars in third game of a playoff semifinal series was the only postseason strike for the hard-nosed defender.

"He has been one of the mainstays of our team since the beginning," Fire coach Bob Bradley said. "His character on and off the field makes him a very valuable part of our organization. C.J. has become one of the top young defenders in MLS."

Brown has appeared 14 times for the U.S. national team.

Dallas signs Snitko for goal

DALLAS -- The Dallas Burn acquired Chicago goalkeeper Chris Snitko from the Chicago Fire yesterday for a third-round pick in the 2003 MLS draft.

Snitko, 28, started five games for Chicago in 2000 after spending three seasons with Kansas City.

The Burn waived keeper Adam Zapala, midfielders Roberto Najarro and Angel Rivillo, and forward Esmundo Rodriguez to get its roster down to size.

Burn also announced today announced Fox Sports Radio KTRA 1190-AM and Spanish-language KESS 1270-AM will be the teamís radio affiliates.

Rapids gain Kartes from lottery

DENVER -- Midfielder\striker Gus Kartes, who began his professional soccer career as a 15-year-old, has been awarded to the Colorado Rapids in an MLS lottery.

Kartes, from the Tampa Bay area, had been training with the Mutiny since returning last summer after playing three years for the reserves of the Greek first divisionís Olympiakos.

Kartes did not go through the regular MLS draft because he had not been released from his contract in Greece.

The New England Revolution, Colorado and Tampa Bay participated in a weighted lottery with the participant with the worst record in 2000 having the greatest chance of being awarded the player.

Additionally, the Rapids hired Mark Saunders as director of public relations

Before joining the Rapids' front office, Saunders was the sports editor for the Colorado Daily newspaper in Boulder.

D.C.'s Ammann out with hamstring injury

CHANTILLY, Va. -- D.C. United goalkeeper Mike Ammann, a recent acquisition from the MetroStars, is out with a hamstring injury. An anticipated return date has not yet been made public.

United was also granted roster relief by the league for midfielder Ben Olsen, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, until his loan deal with English club Nottingham Forest expires in mid-May.

Rookie midfielder Mark Lisi, who is finishing his studies at Clemson, will not count against the roster until he joins the team full-time in May.

D.C. United waived forward Caleb Norkus and midfielder Travis Mulraine Monday.

Norkus, a rookie from University of North Carolina, was a fifth-round draft pick. Mulraine, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, was claimed off waivers by United on March 13. He played last season, his first in MLS, primarily as a defensive midfielder with the San Jose Earthquakes, making 15 appearances, starting seven and collecting one assist.

Forward Raul Diaz Arce will participate in a charity match to raise funds for earthquake victims in his native El Salvador. The match between a local Latin American All-Star team and a select team representing the MetroStars will be played Saturday at the Mitchell Field Complex in Long Island, New York at 6:30 p.m. (ET).

Diaz Arce will play for the All-Star squad that also features fellow MLS Salvadoran star midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos (Los Angeles Galaxy), as well as El Salvador soccer legend Jorge (Magico) Gonzalez and Jaime (Chelona) Rodriguez, both members of the nationís 1982 World Cup team.

"The earthquakes have devastated my country and playing in this game is the least I can do to help the people who have been affected by this human tragedy," Diaz Arce said. "For myself and Mauricio, it will be an honor to play alongside Magico and Chelona, both of whom are soccer heroes in El Salvador and were an inspiration to us when we were growing up."

Abdominal strain shelves Wizardsí Vermes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Wizards placed veteran defender Peter Vermes on the injured reserve with and abdominal strain.

Forward A.J. Wood, acquired from D.C. United, and forward Ben Stafford and defender Pablo Webster, both draft picks, were waived.

Earthquakes waive Martinez

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Forward Jorge Martinez, a graduate of San Jose State and a sixth-round 2001 draft pick, was waived by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Galaxy sheds pair

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy waived defender Mike Potempa while midfielder Alex Bengard returned to college at California State-Dominguez Hills with L.A. maintaining his MLS rights.

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