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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

Real Salt Lake signs Torres for second MLS stint.

SALT LAKE CITY (Monday, January 9, 2006) -- Real Salt Lake continues to be Major League Soccer's busiest team in the offseason, signing defender Daniel Torres for 2006, for its second season.

Torres, 28, returns to MLS after spending the 2005 season with Tromsų IL of the Norwegian Premier League before transferring to Bodens BK of the Swedish Superettan. He spent the 2003-2004 campaign with the Costa Rican League's Club Deportiva Saprissa, the team with which he started his professional career in 1996.

"Daniel Torres impressed us greatly during his trial in October," Real general manager Steve Pastorino said in a team press release. "He was a very solid defender in this league in 2002 and 2003 (when he was with the MLS's Columbus Crew) and has since improved his game playing in Europe. We expect him to be an immediate contributor to our defense."

Torres started six of the eight regular-season games he played with the Crew in 2003. He started 23 of matches in 2002, recording his only MLS assist on the game-winning goal over the New England Revolution.

Torres also appeared in three matches, two of them starts, in the Crew's run to the 2002 U.S. Open Cup title.

Torres, a native of Moravia, Costa Rican, signed with Columbus one day before the final game of the 2001 regular season and made a brief appearance as a reserve in the quarterfinal playoff series against the San Jose Earthquakes that year.

Additionally, RSL announced midfielder Kenny Cutler and goalkeeper Jay Nolly had been promoted to the senior roster from developmental status.

Cutler made his debut for RSL on June 11 and finished 2005 with 19 starts.

Nolly started five games as a rookie in 2005, compiling a 1-3-1 record.

Olsen, Gros get new contracts

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Midfielders Ben Olsen and Josh Gros signed new contracts with D.C. United, the club announced.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"D.C. has always been special to me and I'm proud to have been with D.C. United my entire career," Olsen said in a team press release. "The fans are the best in the league and I really enjoy being a part of the community. United is a fantastic organization and I hope to remain here for as long as I continue playing."

Olsen, who has been with United for eight years, contributed two goals and four assists in 23 games in 2005. He is third in team history with 38 assists.

Olsen was named the U.S. Soccer Foundation "Humanitarian of the Year" following the 2003 season.

"Ben has been a huge part of D.C. United for eight years, and we are pleased to have re-signed him," United technical director Dave Kasper said in the press release. "His commitment to this club, on and off the field, is beyond reproach. We look forward to having him with our organization for many years to come."

In his second year with United, Gros played the second most minutes on the team (2,563) in 2005, registering four goals and four assists.

"Josh has been a solid contributor for us during the past two seasons," Kasper said. "We believe that he has a bright future in the game and we look forward to further contributions on the field."

Pareja becomes FC Dallas assistant coach

DALLAS -- Oscar Pareja, who retired as a player in October after a notable eight-year MLS career, was named today as an assistant to FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja.

In his in MLS career, Pareja scored 13 goals and added 52 assists for 78 points in 189 regular-season games, as well as playing 17 playoff matches for FC Dallas and its predecessor, the Dallas Burn. He was first signed by the New England Revolution from Deportivo Cali in Columbia and played 13 matches for the Revs before being sent to Dallas.

Pareja was named "Most Valuable Player" for the Dallas Burn in 2001 and 2002.

"Oscar Pareja has been a standout player for FC Dallas and a great ambassador for the sport of soccer in Dallas area for the past eight years," FC Dallas general manager Michael Hitchcock said. "We're excited that Oscar will continue to be a member of the FC Dallas family as an assistant coach. We know that his commitment to excellence, drive of a champion and overall dedication. . . will help us win championships,"

A native of Medellin, Colombia, Pareja played 11 times for his national team, scoring three goals.

"When I thought about my career coming to an end, I always thought that the next step would be to take all that information that I have collected through my years as a player, and pass it on to a new generation of players and my teammates, and now I have that opportunity," Pareja said in the press release. . "I'm really excited and looking forward to helping this team win a MLS Cup title.

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