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D.C. United chief denies Nowak directed racial remark at opponent.

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

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.

MLS notes

Houston discards 1836 moniker and becomes Dynamo; MetroStars sale is discussed.

HOUSTON (Monday, March 6, 2006) -- Houston 1836 is no more.

After offending many in the Hispanic community of their new home, Major League Soccer's transplanted San Jose Earthquakes discarded their first nickname, announced on January 25, and became the Houston Dynamo.

Management of the new Houston team chose 1836 to commemorate the year its home city was founded. Latinos, however, associate 1836 with the Texas Revolution and that year's bloody Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles east of Houston) when General Sam Houston led his Texas Army to defeat General Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican forces. The Texas Republic then seceded from Mexico, to be annexed by the United States in 1845, just before the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.

While Russia's Moscow Dynamo and Ukraine's Dynamo Kiev were believed to be an influence in the new moniker, team president Oliver Luck offered another explanation -- it was to honor the city's ties to the energy industry. "Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up," he said. "The new name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town."

The announcement was made at a press conference today.

"We'd like to once again reiterate that at no time did MLS or (Anschutz Entertainment Group, the team's owner-operator) ever want to offend any members of the community in Houston," Luck said. "We want everyone to feel welcome and become a part of professional soccer in Houston."

Any influence from the international soccer scene would be line with a trend that started with 2005's two MLS expansion teams. Chivas USA carried the nickname of its parent organization, the popular Mexican team Club Deportivo Guadalajara. Real Salt Lake is a tribute to Spanish power Real Madrid.

The term dynamo is short for dynamoelectric machine which is a generator of electricity, while the word also refers to a forceful, energetic individual.

"We believe a parallel can be drawn to the two major communities in Houston: English speakers and Spanish speakers," Luck said. "Together, (these communities) will create electricity at games unlike any other in MLS."

After playing in San Jose for the first 10 years of MLS, the Houston Dynamo will open the 2006 season at home April 2 at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus.

MetroStars: AEG reported in talks to to sell club

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Austrian company that makes the Red Bull energy drink has contacted MetroStars management to inquire about purchasing the New Jersey-based club.

The story was first reported by New York's Daily News, which said both parties were trying to complete a deal before the team's season opener April 2 at D.C. United.

Red Bull Gmbh bought SV Wüstenrot Salzburg, an 73-year-old club in the Austrian first division in April 2005, and renamed it Red Bull Salzburg to the dismay of many of the team's fans. A similar re-branding could be expected should the firm buy the MetroStars.

Even if it divests itself of the Metros, Anschutz Entertainment Group would probably become the team's landlord since it holds the rights to a proposed stadium which is scheduled to open in late 2007 or early 2008 in Harrison, N.J.

In in MLS's single-entity structure, AEG also owns and operates four other of the 12 MLS teams -- the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo (nee San Jose Earthquakes) and D.C. United. The July 28 sale of United to a local Washington group was terminated by mutual agreement on January 18.

AEG was granted rights to a second New York-area franchise by MLS when it acquired the Metros from Metromedia on November 21, 2001.

Previously, reports indicated Spanish power FC Barcelona was interested in buying the MetroStars.

Meanwhile, the MetroStars acquired defender Steve Jolley from the FC Dallas in exchange for a fourth-round supplemental draft pick, which is worth little. In a separate transacion, the New Jersye club signed Adrian Serioux,a 27-year-old midfielder with Canada's men.

Jolley, who is projected to start on the left side of a three-man back-line, spent four of his nine years in MLS, 2000-2003, with the Metros and he was a fan favorite.

"I spent some very good years there, most of my success has been in the New York\New Jersey area," Jolley, 30, told the MLS web site. "I valued my time there and I look forward to rekindling some old relationships.

"Hopefully I can impart some wisdom to the young guys, but I'm also competing for a job. Mo (Johnston, the Metros coach) has told everyone on this team that nothing is guaranteed and I'm going to have to prove myself."

Jolley, a striker at the College of William & Mary, began in MLS in 1997 with the Los Angeles Galaxy which traded him to the Metros after the first game of 2000.

Following the 2003 season, Jolley was traded to Dallas for defender Tenywa Bonseu and a 2004 third-round pick that produced goalkeeper Zach Wells. Bonseu was released after a season, but Wells remains with the club, starting 17 games last year, two more than Tony Meola.

Jolley has 12 goals and 10 assists in 211 regular-season matches, 196 of them starts. He failed to record a goal or assist, starting 12 of his 13 outings with Dallas last season. He added one assist in 18 playoff matches and his 104 games in New Jersey are fourth most in Metros history.

"Once again, we've added an experienced player and one who truly wants to be a member of the MetroStars organization," MetroStars president and general manager Alexi Lalas said in a statement. "During his years in exile, Steve has grown into a better player and person. I'm sure our fans are excited to welcome back one of the most popular personalities ever to don the Red-and-Black."

Defender Chris Leitch and defender-midfielder Tim Regan were recently released.

Real Salt Lake: Stadium pursuit advances

SALT LAKE CITY -- Real Salt Lake cleared a hurdle in its effort to find public financing for a soccer-specific stadium when a bill was passed.

If Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr., signs the bill passed by both houses of the Utah legislature, as expected, the state's counties would be allowed to add a tax of 1.25 percent to hotel accommodations to raise money for tourist projects.

RSL and Salt Lake County would have to negotiate an agreement to have such funds devoted to a stadium project. RSL chief executive Dean Howes hopes to break ground for a new venue by September.

"I am thankful for all the hard work that the statewide community leaders have done to put a vehicle in place that can finance the public portion of the project," he told the MLS web site. "I think these things are always difficult. . . (but) what I think it shows is the people who really understood it believe it to be a good deal."

The bill did have some vocal opponents, but passed easily. Howes said the money would not be used for the stadium itself, but for the surrounding infrastructure and land.

"As much as we'd like to celebrate, there is still a lot of work to be done," Howes said.

Chicago Fire: Buete, Johnson are released

CHICAGO -- Striker Will Johnson and midfielder Scott Buete were cut loose by the Chicago Fire which set its roster at 28 players.

Johnson, a 19-year-old Canada national, played in six games in his 2005 rookie season and scored one goal. Fire president and chief executive officer John Guppy said Johnson was let go when he rejected an offer to sign a developmental contract.

Johnson played 14 times with Canada's under-20 men and twice with the senior national team

Buete, who played in 21 games, starting 12 in his two years with the Fire, recorded two assists. He missed much of 2005 after breaking a metatarsal in his right foot during a reserve-team game.

The Fire will open 2006 with nine road games before opening its suburban Bridgeview Stadium June 25 against the MetroStars.

Los Angeles Galaxy: Albright set to return

CARSON, Calif. -- Defender Chris Albright hopes to join the Los Angeles Galaxy lineup Wednesday for his team's CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal second leg against Deportivo Saprissa in San José, Costa Rica.

The first leg February 23 in Carson, Calif. ended in a 0-0 draw.

Exploratory surgery on January 16 revealed a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. The tear was repaired by U.S. men's doctor Bert Mandelbaum in Los Angeles.

Albright, 27, went down January 5 during the first full day of U.S. manager Bruce Arena's month-long training camp.

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