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O'Brien comes home; versatile player signs with Chivas USA.

MLS preview: Twelve teams start pursuit with single goal in mind.

Fight injury delays Franchino from taking Costa Rica flight with Revs.

Red Bull reportedly pays over $100 million for MetroStars package.

Galaxy GM, president Doug Hamilton dies on flight home.

Houston discards 1836 moniker and becomes Dynamo; MetroStars sale nears

D.C. United chief denies Nowak directed racial remark at opponent.

Dallas re-signs Ruiz to lucrative contract; MetroStars get Arvizu.

D.C. United, MLS deny any talks to send Adu to Chelsea.

FC Dallas signs Cooper; San Jose expansion hopes are dealt blow.

All 12 teams start preseason training.

MLS Cup returns to Pizza Hut Park in November.

Chivas USA acquires Razov from MetroStars, trading away Martins.

MLS notes

FC Dallas' Ruiz is out for 2-3 weeks with hamstring strain.

FRISCO, Texas (Tuesday, April 11, 2006) -- Striker Carlos Ruiz will be lost to FC Dallas for two-to-three weeks after suffering a right hamstring strain in Saturday's 2-1 Major League Soccer victory over Real Salt Lake.

Ruiz, 26, limped off the field in the 73rd minute, replaced two minutes later by Aaron Pitchkolan.

Ruiz, who has 61 career goals in 93 regular-season games and 13 more in 13 playoff outings, played a key role in Dallas coming from behind in each of its first two matches in 2006. In a 3-2 season opening victory April 1 over the Chicago Fire, Ruiz set up Arturo Alvarez for the team's first goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1 in the 31st minute.

"El Pescadito" was also involved in both goals in defeating RSL 2-1 Saturday. In the 43rd minute, Ruiz played a back-heel pass beyond the reach of Salt Lake defender Eddie Pope and into the path of Kenny Cooper, who slotted his shot home for his second goal of the year, tying the game at 1-1.

In the 57th minute, Ruiz's left-footed volley beat the RSL goalkeeper Scott Garlick, only to be cleared off the line by Carey Talley. However, the RSL defender's clearance was blocked and redirected into the net by Dallas midfielder Mark Wilson for the first goal of his MLS career and a 2-1 lead.

On Sunday, Dallas defender Alex Yi suffered a similar injury to Ruiz's in a 1-0 loss to Real in a battle of reserve teams. He also is expected to miss to miss two-to-three weeks.

Cooper became the first player in Dallas history to score in each of his first two games with the club. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last player before Cooper to register goals in each of his first two MLS games was Ruiz, who found net in each of his first four games with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002. He went on to lead MLS with 24 goals, was named league "Most Valuable Player" and then scored the winning goal in sudden death to defeat the New England Revolution 1-0 in the MLS Cup final.


D.C. United: Moreno is "Player of the Week"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United striker Jaime Moreno was named MLS "Player of the Week" after scoriong both goals in a 2-0 victory over visiting Chivas USA Saturday.

Moreno, who is one of 10 players who have played in all 11 MLS seasons, is second all-time with 96 regular-season goals, four behind Real Salt Lake forward Jason Kreis.

Moreno broke a scorless deadlock in the 59th minute. Moreno ran onto a through ball from playmaker Christian Gomez, but Chivas keeper Brad Guzan came sliding out to clear the ball. Guzan got to the ball first, but his clearance hit Moreno in the leg and caromed 22 yards into the goal.

Moreno, a former Bolivian international, sealed the win late when he put away a cross from Jamil Walker.

The "Player of the Week" voting is conducted by the Professional Soccer Reporters Association.


Houston Dynamo: De Rosario suspended for red card

HOUSTON -- Forward Dwayne De Rosario was ejected from the the Houston Dynamo's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Wizards Saturday for a hard slide tackle against the defender Josť Burciaga, Jr.. in the 77th minute.

It was De Rosario's first red card in his six years in MLS. He will be suspended for the Dynamo's visit to D.C. United Saturday.

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