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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

Columbus adds Rozental, gets Ward from MetroStars for Henderson.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Friday, January 13, 2006) -- The Columbus Crew continued to remake its Major League Soccer roster with the signing of Chilean attacking midfielder Sebastian Rozental today.

Yesterday, the Crew acquired young defender Tim Ward from the MetroStars in exchange for veteran midfielder Chris Henderson.

Rozental's contract will not be finalized until his work permit is approved. He will be classified as a senior international

"This is a good opportunity for me," Rozental, 29 said in a team press release. "I had the chance to come to MLS a couple of years ago and didn't, but now is the right time. The Crew is a good organization with some good players. I know the team didn't make the playoffs last year, but hopefully I can come in and help the team achieve its goals."

Rozental, who can play in the midfield or front line, began in the Universidad de Catolica youth system in Chile and has 35 appearances with his national team.

"Sebastian is a very attractive player," Columbus coach Sigi Schmid said in the release. "He has a huge pedigree in soccer and he has a strong desire to play in the States. He has the potential to be an impact player in this league."

Rozental played with Catolica in the Chilean First Division from 1992-96 and then went to Scotland where he was with Glasgow Rangers in the First Division from 1996-2000. In subsequent years he played in Chile, Argentina, Switzerland and the United States, before returning to Catolica in 2005.

As a member of MLS's Generation adidas youth development program, Ward, 18, played in 13 games for the MetroStars last year. His contract will not count against the Crew's salary cap.

"I don't really have any connections to Columbus, but I played for Sigi with the (U.S. under-20 men) and I am happy to be playing for him again," Ward said in a release.

Ward was a member of the U.S. under-17 men's residency program in Bradenton, Fla., and has since been a regular with the national under-20s.

Henderson, 35, an original player in MLS's inaugural 1996 season with the Colorado Rapids, will be playing with his fifth team in the league. He started 21 games for the Crew in 2005 after being acquired early in the year from Colrado, where he was spending a second stint.

In 29 starts between the two teams, he had three goals and eight assists last season.

Henderson, who has 285 total MLS regular-season appearances -- 275 starts-- has 48 goals and 79 assists, plus four goals and five assists in 29 playoff games. He was a teammate of MetroStars coach Mo Johnston with the Kansas City Wizards in 1999 and 2000.

"I played with Mo in Kansas City and we won a championship together, so I know what he is like," he told the MLS web site.

In 79 appearances for the U.S. men, he has three goals and 10 assists.

MetroStars general manager Alexi Lalas said adding Henderson "makes us a better team. Chris Henderson is a man who wanted to come to the MetroStars and we're excited to add a winger of his caliber."

The MetroStars also put the finishing touches on a transaction to bring in Scottish winger Peter Canero, 24, who has played in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues.

"Mr. Canero is a man in the prime of his career who truly wants to be with the MetroStars," Lalas told the web site. "His signing represents a significant upgrade to our flank play, something that is a priority for 2006."


D.C. United: Kovalenko leaves MLS for Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Midielder Dema Kovalenko, a three-year starter for D.C. United and seven-year MLS veteran, will not return to D.C. and hopes to sign soon with a team in his native Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.

United declined an option on Kovalenko's contract that would have paid him around $175,000 in 2006 and failed in an effort to bring him back at a lower salary. Efforts to trade him to another MLS team also were unsuccessful.

"I'm definitely not coming back," Kovalenko told The Post. "I wish it could have been different. I couldn't wait any longer. I wanted to come back, but (United) didn't have anything specific to offer."

Kovalenko, 28, had 34 goals and 34 assists in 167 MLS regular-season matches -- 151 starts. Having spent his first four season's with the Chicago Fire, he had five goals and three assists in 25 playoff games. He had a career-high 10 assists, along with two goals, in 2004 when United won the MLS Cup championship.

A fiery, physical performer, Kovalenko was issued five red cards in regular-season games during his career.

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