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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

RSL continues shakeup, acquiring Klein from Kansas City.

Chris Klein
Chris Klein has spent all eight years of his MLS career in Kansas City, but is moving to Salt Lake City.
-- Kansas City Wizards web site photo --
SALT LAKE CITY (Tuesday, January 24, 2006) -- Real Salt Lake continued to be the busiest team in Major League Soccers offseason, acquiring eight-year veteran midfielder Chris Klein and a youth international roster spot from the Kansas City Wizards in exchange for a partial allocation.

"I was definitely surprised," Klein told The Kansas City Star. "Obviously, I'm a little disappointed to be leaving the Wizards, but I've been very blessed to have been in one place eight years. That doesn't happen very often in this business. My family has made our home here. I can't think of one negative thing about our experience over the last eight years in Kansas City."

RSL coach John Ellinger said he was approached by Kansas City about getting Wolff and he jumped at the chance. "He is a great addition to our team and I think he is the prototype midfielder that every team wants to have," Ellinger told the Deseret (Utah) Morning News. "Chris provides leadership, experience, great pace and work rate to the team. I can't say enough about getting a player of Chris' caliber."

After tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in August 2004, Klein, 30, came back to play in all but one game for the Wizards last season, contributing seven goals and nine assists. Having spent his entire MLS career in Kansas City, Klein played in 200 regular-season games -- 183 starts -- totaling 39 goals and 45 assists. He had three goals and four assists in 16 playoff games, and assisted Miklos Molnar's goal that gave the Wizards a 1-0 decision over the Chicago Fire for the 2000 MLS Cup title

Klein's knee injury prevented him from playing in MLS Cup 2004 where K.C. lost 3-2 to D.C. United.

Real had the second worst record in the league -- 5-22-5 -- in 2005, its first season.

"I'm excited about the direction (Real Salt Lake) is taking," Klein told The Star. "I think I can help them out."


Chicago Fire: Marsch right sent to Chivas

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Fire traded the rights midfielder Jesse Marsch, an original MLS player, to Chivas USA for a 2007 supplemental draft pick.

The Fire also announced that the club will not exercise the contract option on Honduran international defender Samuel Caballero.

Marsch was reserve for D.C. United which took the first MLS crown in 1996 and was runnerup in 2007. United let Marsch go to Chicago in the 1998 expansion draft and the Princeton product became a stalwart with the Fire for the first eight years of its existence, including that first season when the club captured the MLS championship and U.S. Open Cup title.

Marsch's 200 regular-season games played are a Fire record. His 183 and 16,300 minutes both rabk third all-time, and he is fourth with 29 career assists, fifth with 151 shots and sixth with 19 goals.

Marsch also started all 31 Fire playoff games in which he appeared, scoring three goals and adding three assists. While he was with the team, the Fire also captured the Open Cup in 2000 and 2003. He is the only player who played in all three MLS Cup finals and four Open Cup finals with the Fire.

"The things I'll remember most about Chicago won't be the championships or games we won as much as the wonderful people I've had a chance to get to know," Marsch said in a team release. "How they've impacted my life and the lives of my family, that's what I'll carry with me the most."

Marsch was a board member of the Fire's charitable arm -- the FireWorks for Kids Foundation - since the 2003.

"It would be impossible to measure the positive influence that Jesse has had on our club, both on the field and off," Fire coach Dave Sarachan said in the release. "I've known Jesse on a personal and professional level for some years and this decision did not come easily. Although his leadership and experience will be missed, we felt it was the right time to make this decision. I want to wish Jesse all the best as he moves on with his career in soccer."

Caballero started 16 of his 17 regular-season appearances in 2005, his lone MLS season, and had one goal and one assist.


Houston: Kinnear carefully considered contract extension

HOUSTON -- Houston coach Dominic Kinnear is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, so he had to spend some time thinking before accepting a two-year extension with the the former San Jose Earthquakes who now reside in Texas.

Kinnear, 38, has three young children. "There was some deep thought for my wife and I, because we have a family, about moving," Kinnear said at Friday's draft in Phuiladelphia. "That was expressed both to Oliver (Luck, the team president) and the people at AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group, the club owner-operator). This wasn't one I was going to say, 'OK, 100 percent, let's do it.' I had to think about it."

Kinnear decided to stay because "professionally, it's very simple because I love the guys and I want to coach the team. It was more of a personal thing."

Kinnear said his family will stay in the Bay Area until at least Easter.


FC Dallas: Pizza Hut Park to host Mexico match

FRISCO, Texas -- Mexico will play Ghana March 1 at Pizza Hut Park, FC Dallas' home, at 9 p.m. (ET) as part of the two nations' preparation for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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