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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

Chivas USA acquires Razov from MetroStars, trading away Martins.

Ante Razov
Ante Razov was traded to Chivas USA, his fifth MLS team and third in a year.
-- Chivas USA photo by Tony Quinn\WireImage --
(Monday, January 30, 2006) -- Striker Ante Razov, Major League Soccer's fourth-leading all-time goal scorer, is changing coasts and going home.

Chivas USA, which is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, acquired the veteran sniper from the MetroStars in exchange for forward Thiago Martins and a partial player allocation.

A native of the Los Angeles area who played college ball locally at UCLA, Razov has played nine seasons in MLS, starting with the Los Angeles Galaxy (1996-97) before moving on to the Chicago Fire (1998-2004). He began 2005 with the Columbus Crew, playing in seven games before being dealt to the MetroStars.

"Today is a happy day for me and my family," Razov, 31, said in a Chivas press release. "I'm really excited to be back home in California and be associated with Chivas, an important name in the game of football. I'm here to help Chivas USA become a strong contender in MLS."

He has 84 regular-season goals, trailing Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis (100) and D.C. United's Jaime Moreno (94), as well as retired Roy Lassiter (88). Razov, who has 44 assists while starting 160 of his 186 regular-season appearances, also has 10 goals and 10 assists in 32 playoffs games.

Razov, who had seven goals and six assists in 25 regular-season outings for Columbus and the Metros last season, has made 24 international appearances with the United States men -- the last in 2004 -- scoring six goals.

"I'm really excited that Ante will be joining Chivas USA," coach Bob Bradley said in the release. "I know him very well and think he is a player that can make a difference in our team. He is a goal-scorer who possesses a good left foot and has had experience with championship teams. He knows how to be a good example for young players."

Razov was a member of the 1998 Chicago Fire MLS Cup championship team, coached by Bradley, and was on the 1998, 2000 and 2003 Fire sides that captured Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles. His 76 regular-season goals with Chicago are the most ever by a Fire player.

Razov also played for Racing de Ferrol of the Spanish second division, registering six goals in 19 games during the 2000-01 season.

Martins was selected by Chivas USA from D.C. United in the ninth round of the 2005 MLS expansion draft. Starting 21 of the 22 games he played, Martins had three goals and one assist in 2005.

In 2003, Martins was the second-division A-League's "Most Valuable Player," recording 22 goals and seven assists with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He was signed by MLS's D.C. United that September, appearing in six games, but missed the 2004 season with two successive anterior cruciate ligament tears.

A native of Sao Paolo, Brazil, the 29-year-old forward moved to California as a teenager.


Los Angeles Galaxy: Donovan to appear on MTV

CARSON, Calif. -- Los Angeles Galaxy and U.S. men's striker Landon Donovan will appear on MTV's "Cribs" Wednesday at 10 p.m. (PT). Please check local listings for times outside of California.

The show will tour Donovan's Manhattan Beach, Calif., home and spend some time at the house with Donovan, his girlfriend Bianca Kajlich and their dogs.


Houston 1836: New name offends some
Houston 1836 logo

HOUSTON -- When management of the transplanted San Jose Earthquakes decided to name its team Houston 1836, it intended to commemorate the city's founding in the year 1836.

However, the new name has offended some. Many Latinos associate 1836 with the Texas Revolution, which started on October 2, 1835 and concluded on April 21, 1836 with the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles east of Houston).

General Sam Houston led his Texas Army to defeat General Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican forces which suffered hundreds of casualties. The Texas Republic then seceded from Mexico and was annexed by the U.S. in 1845, preceding the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.

"Whether by ignorance or design, choosing 1836 has the potential to alienate Houstonians of Mexican origin, a group that is surely a large part of the team's fan base," Raúl A. Ramos wrote in the Houston Chronicle.

". . . While the year represents Texas independence, it also raises the complicated and sometimes shameful history that came along with it. Initially seen as economic boosters, Anglo American immigrants brought slavery and failed to keep contracts made with state officials. For Mexicans, Texas secession started the process of American conquest culminating in the invasion of Mexico in 1846 and the loss of almost half its territory. Few would disagree that Texas independence was an important chapter in the imperial story of American Manifest Destiny. . .

"Team officials state that 1836 was primarily chosen to represent the city's founding. A team name doesn't have the luxury of explaining itself. The link to Texas secession from Mexico during the Texas Revolution is inescapable. The team logo compounds the connection by depicting Sam Houston on horseback, leading the charge against Mexican troops. What other conclusion can we draw?"

The Earthquakes spent MLS's first 10 seasons in San Jose before moving to Houston on December 15.

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