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New England claims Andy Williams off waivers; Tampa Bay acquires local product Kartes from Colorado.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, March 31, 2001) -- Midfielder Andy Williams is much more talented than the usual player found on waivers. So when the New England Revolution saw the Jamaican international on the waiver list, the team jumped to claim him.

The Revs also signed defender Alan Woods and waived defender Adam Eyre.

"Andy Williams is a tremendously talented player with creativity and vision who has proven himself at the international level," Revolution coach Fernando Clavijo said.

Williams, 23, became available because the Miami Fusion had a glut of foreign players. With the league’s limit of three foreign players, the Fusion opted for three forwards -- Ian Bishop of England, Antonio Chacon of Honduras and Colombian Diego Serna. Williams status with the the Fusion declined when Ray Hudson took over for Ivo Wortman as Miami coach midway through the 2000 season.

Williams, a cagey midfielder with good vision and one-on-one ability, will be playing for his third team in the league. He started his MLS career with the Columbus Crew.

Williams, 24, played 20 games for the Miami Fusion in the 2000 season, scoring four goals and recording four assists. The former University of Rhode Island All-American for has played more than 30 times for Jamaica’s national team, including in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Mexico. He was Jamaica's second leading scorer in 1998 World Cup qualifying with two goals despite missing five games because of injury.

Woods was a first-round draft pick of the Colorado Rapids in the 2000 draft, but was waived after only playing five minutes for the club and spent last season starting 26 games for the Charleston Battery of the A-League.

The Revolution acquired his rights along with Rapids' forward Matthew Okoh and a second-round draft pick on March 19.


Kartes heads home, obtained by Mutiny

TAMPA, Fla. -- Gus Kartes is headed home.

The Tampa Bay Mutiny traded a 2002 second-round and 2003 third-round draft picks to the Colorado Rapids to obtain the 19-year-old striker who had been signed by MLS a week earlier after the Greek federation released him from contract obligations.

"This was a no-brainer on our part," Mutiny president and general Manager Bill Manning said. "For the first time in team history, we have a local product who has gone through the (Florida Youth Soccer Association) system. Gus' return will help create excitement among our fans, especially those in the Greek community. Best of all, Gus in going to make us a better team."

The Mutiny must cut a player by Monday 5 p.m. to make room for its new forward.

Kartes signed with Olympiakos of the Greek first division team as a 15-year-old, but did not play with the first team during his four-year stay. Eager to return to the United States and play in MLS, Kartes trained with Tampa Bay last summer and returned as a guest player throughout the 2001 preseason awaiting the buyout of his Olympiakos contract and clearance from the Greek federation.

The length of that process did not allow him to enter February's regular draft. Instead, the weighted lottery was held March 22 with Colorado, Tampa Bay and the New England Revolution participating.


Mullan undergoes knee surgery

PASADENA, Calif. -- Forward Brian Mullan, the Los Angeles Galaxy’s top draft pick this year, underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He is expected to need three-to-five weeks to fully recover and return to training.

Mullan was Creighton University's leading scorer in 2000 with 18 goals and 13 assists for 49 points.


D.C. United clains striker Stafford

CHANTILLY, Va. -- D.C. United claimed forward Ben Stafford off waivers. The 22-year-old was a third-round selection by the Kansas City Wizards in February’s draft after completing his four-year career at Wake Forest as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 91 points on 36 goals and 19 assists, including 16 game-winning goals.

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