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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.

Real Salt Lake snaps up Rowland second in supplemental draft.

RSL continues shakeup, acquiring Klein from Kansas City.

Columbus adds Rozental, gets Ward from MetroStars for Henderson.

Indiana, UCLA each lose two underclassmen to Generation adidas.

Gutierrez is acquired by Chicago, sending John to Kansas City.

Real Salt Lake signs Torres for second MLS stint.

Elliott leaves Columbus for England, has bad Fulham debut.

Houston team will play at UH stadium for three years.

Earthquakes move to Houston, name stays in San Jose.

MLS notes

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

DALLAS (Thursday, February 9, 2006) -- For the second time this week, FC Dallas added to its attack, re-signing striker Carlos Ruiz to a multiyear contract.

On Monday, the Major League Soccer club inked forward Kenny Cooper, a former Dallas high-schooler who had just been released from the reserve team of the English Premier League's Manchester United.

In his first year in Dallas, Ruiz, a Guatemalan national, scored 11 goals in 19 appearances. Since arriving in MLS with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2002, Ruiz has 61 goals in 91 regular-season matches and added 13 playoff goals, the second most in league history.

Terms of the contract were not released, as is MLS policy, but The Dallas Morning News reported Ruiz, 26, could make as much as $500,000 if all incentives are reached while counting as $350,000, the league maximum, against the salary cap. If Ruiz were to reach all incentives, he would be among the top five best-paid player in MLS for 2006, the Morning News reported.

"We're obviously absolutely delighted to have Carlos back," Dallas coach Colin Clarke said. "He's a top-class goal-scorer in this league, and there aren't many of those around."

On paper, Dallas would seem to have one of the league's most potent offenses when adding incumbent striker Eddie Johnson to the mix. But considering the team's precarious salary cap situation, it seems increasingly likely that Johnson might be dealt.

Ruiz, known around the world as "El Pescadito" or "The Little Fish," led the Galaxy to its first MLS Cup championship in 2002, scoring in sudden death for a 1-0 triumph over the host New England Revolution in the final. After leading the league with 24 goals, including nine-game winners, and adding a record eight goals in that postseason, Ruiz was named MLS "Most Valuable Player."

Ruiz was limited to 19 games in Dallas last season because of a series of injuries, but still led the club with his 11 goals. He has 25 goals in 58 appearances for the Guatemala national team.

"Carlos is what can be best described as a pure goal-scorer, who expects to score goals every time he steps on the pitch," Dallas president and general manager Michael Hitchcock said. "But even more importantly, he is a winner who knows what it takes to win an MLS Cup."


MetroStars: Lottery yields under-17 striker Arvizu

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The MetroStars were the winner of a weighted lottery yesterday, the prize being the rights to striker David Arvizu, a standout with the United States under-17 men.

Arvizu did not make himself eligible for the regular MLS draft on January 20.

Arvizu is the second player the MetroStars have acquired from the U.S. under-17s in the past three weeks. The team selected 16-year-old forward Josmer Altidore with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 draft. With the first overall draft pick, the MetroStars chose another teenager, UCLA defender Marvell Wynne, 19

Five of MLS's 12 teams chose to participate in the lottery. Chivas had a 54.5 percent chance to win the rights to Arvizu, followed by the MetroStars (23.5 percent), Colorado Rapids (18), D.C. United (3) and Houston 1836, last year's San Jose Earthquakes (1).

The percentages were determined by a formula taking into account the number of standings points a team earned in its last 32 games, plus points based on a team's performance in the most recent postseason with teams not making the playoffs getting the greatest consideration.

"I am really excited to be part of the MetroStars and Major League Soccer," said Arvizu. "I know that (MetroStars coach) Mo (Johnston) and Alexi (Lalas) want to play an attacking style of soccer and I think that I will fit well into their plan."

Arvizu started all four games for the U.S. in the Men's Under-17 World Championships in Peru last fall. He did not score, but still created problems for opposing defenses. In 32 appearances for the U-17s in 2005, he had eight goals and six assists. In 2004, he started 10 of his 16 appearances, providing seven goals and three assists.

Still another MetroStars teen, midfielder Eddie Gaven, is apparently on the trading block. Gaven, 19, who joined the Metros at age 16, was named to the MLS "Best XI" in 2004, but doesn't seem to fit into the plans of new coach Mo Johnston. Johnston took over from Bob Bradley with three regular-season matches remaining in 2005.

It was the fourth time the MetoStars have won a draft lottery, gaining the rights to goalkeeper D.J. Countess in 2001, defender Nelson Akwari in 2002 and midfielder Joey DiGiamarino in 2003.


Los Angeles Galaxy: South Korea win exhibition 3-0

CARSON, Calif. -- South Korea blanked the Galaxy 3-0 in an exhibition tonight at The Home Depot Center with an announced crowd of 10,000 .

South Korea, preparing for this summer's World Cup in Germany, went ahead 1-0 when Lee Dong-Gook put away Lee Soo-Chun's feed in the 22nd minute. Goals by Kim Ho-Deon in the 76th minute and Lee Soo-Chun's rebound tally after Lee Dong-Gook's header hit the crossbar three minutes later finished off Los Angeles.

Yesterday, the Galaxy sent rookie forward Aaron King home, dealing him to the Colorado Rapids for a first-round selection in the 2007 supplemental draft.

King, 23, who was the Galaxy's fourth-round pick in the 2006 regular, is a Denver native who played college ball at North Carolina State.


D.C. United: Finalist for best franchise award

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- D.C. United is one of three finalists for the PRISM Award for professional sports franchises that demonstrate industry-leading excellence and innovation in management.

Given by the University of Massachusetts' Department of Sport Management, United made it to the final round with the National Football League's Saint Louis Rams and National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers.

The winner is expected to be named in the spring. "To be named as a finalist for this prestigious award is both an honor and a testament to the hard work our front office staff puts in each day," United vice president Stephen Zack said in a team press release.

United was also a finalist in 2005 for the annual award which takes into account five criteria: strategic planning, innovative marketing, community relations, customer service and employee relations.

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