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Major League Soccer

Columbus gets Grabavoy, Ngwenya, sending Martino, Wolyniec to Galaxy.

Ned Grabavoy
Ned Grabavoy (above) rejoins Crew coach Sigi Schmid, who drafted him when he managed the Los Angles Galaxy.
-- Los Angeles Galaxy web site photo --
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Friday, May 12, 2006) -- The Columbus Crew obtained midfielder Ned Grabavoy and forward\midfielder Joseph Ngwenya from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for midfielder Kyle Martino and forward John Wolyniec in a Major League Soccer trade today.

All players were expected to arrive in time to join their new clubs for Saturday games. Los Angeles hosts Real Salt Lake while the Crew will be home for a match with the Colorado Rapids.

"It's one of those trades that I think benefits both teams," Columbus coach Sigi Schmid said in a Crew press release. "Kyle Martino and John Wolyniec have both done well for the Crew and we wish them luck in their future endeavors with Los Angeles, but Ned Grabavoy and Joe Ngwenya are two young and very talented players who we are excited about and think they have a great future ahead of them."

When Schmid was coach of the Galaxy in 2004, he drafted Ngwenya with the club's first-round pick, third overall, and took Grabavoy in the second round, 14th overall.

Grabavoy, 22, was in his third season with the Galaxy, starting 22 of the 34 matches in which he appeared. He played in all seven games this year -- starting two -- for the defending MLS champion, which has struggled to a 2-4-1 start. Overall, the former Indiana University star has career regular-season totals of one goal and six assists, while adding one goal in four playoff appearances.

In the same period, Ngwenya, 25, appeared in 40 matches, starting 15, playing in only two games and starting one this season, The native of Zimbabwe has four goals and two assists in the regular season for his career.

Martino, 25, was in his fifth season with the Crew, logging 10 goals and 19 assists in 106 matches, including 93 starts. Additionally, Martino had two assists, starting three of the six playoff matches in which he appeared.

"Kyle brings a vibrant personality to our midfield and an excellent feel for the game," Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said in a Los Angeles release. "We feel that he is a versatile player that can come to this team and immediately help us."

A veteran of the United States youth national program who has eight caps with the full men's team, Martino was the Crew's first-round selection, eighth overall, in 2002, and became a starter from his arrival in Columbus.

Martino was a key figure in the Crew's run to the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title, leading Columbus with a goal and three assists in the competition.

"I am just extremely excited," Martino said in the release. "When I was in the draft, I was hoping to have this opportunity to play here. To make it to L.A. and be able to play for a championship organization, I am just extremely exited and looking forward to getting started."

The Galaxy will be Wolyniec's fifth team in eight MLS seasons; the 29-year-old had two stints each with the Chicago Fire and MetroStars. In the regular season, Wolyniec has 24 goals and 10 assists, starting 56 of 107 appearances. His best season was 2004 with the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) when he was tied for the sixth in the league with 10 goals, two behind league-leader Brian Ching, who had 12 for the San Jose Earthquakes (now the Houston Dynamo).

"This trade makes us more competitive," L.A. Galaxy president and general manager Alexi Lalas said. "John Wolyniec is a man and right now this team needs more men. He is big, strong and will run through a wall for you and I know he is licking his chops right now to score goals for the Galaxy. Kyle Martino is a dynamic and exciting player and a change of scenery is going to do him good."

Los Angeles waived defender Brian Dunseth, who had not played in this, his ninth MLS season. His sixth MLS team, the Galaxy made an offseason acquisition of Dunseth, who started 24 matches for Real Salt Lake in its inaugural 2005 season,

To open up a senior international slot on its roster, Columbus waived defender Douglas Oughton. A native of New Zealand, Oughton was a regular for the Crew from 2001-04, scoring two goals in 91 appearances, but missed the entire 2005 season with an injured right knee, suffered in the team's 2004 playoff finale. Oughton had cartilage transplant surgery last June and has not been able to play since.

Columbus, which is 2-3-1, also placed goalkeeper Jonny Walker on season-ending injured reserve with a lower back injury. He suffered a tear in a lumbar disc in a Crew training camp in Noevember.

"Unfortunately, the recuperation will take longer than expected," said Walker, who was expected to serve as a backup to Jon Busch. "Right now I am focusing on next season."

Walker is the second Crew player lost for the season. Rookie defender Jed Zayner tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on April 4.

The Crew also welcomed Croatian midfielder Leonard Bisaku, 31, to Columbus, five weeks after he signed an MLS contract. His arrival was delayed by difficulties in obtaining a work visa.

"Leo has finally arrived, so I know he's not a figment of my imagination anymore," coach Sigi Schmid said.


Chicago Fire: Two Curtins go down

CHICAGO -- Chicago Fire defender Jim Curtin is expected to miss four-to-six weeks because of a fracture in his right foot.

Curtin was hurt in the second half of last Saturday's 1-1 draw at Kansas City, but the severity of the injury was not discovered until he could not participate in Tuesday's practice.

Curtin is the only member of the Fire to log at least 2,000 minutes in each of the last four seasons. He ranks sixth in club history with 134 games played, 123 starts and 11,341 minutes played.

Yesterday, Curtin's younger brother Jeff, a rookie who is yet to play, was ruled out for seven-to-10 days with a sports hernia. He went to Germany this week for surgery to correct the problem.

Veteran Tonny Sanneh, who was limited to 12 games in 2005 with a right ankle sprain and has totaled only 29 minutes in a pair of relief appearances this season, could see his role expanded with Jim Curtin's absence.

Sanneh was obtained by Chicago before the 2005 season in a trade that sent striker Ante Razov to Columbus. "When we made the trade, we expected Tony to be an impact defender,'' Fire coach Dave Sarachan told the Chicago Sun-Times. ''That hasn't happened yet, but nobody's given up on it.


Houston Dynamo: Canetti hire to handle operations

HOUSTON -- Chris Canetti, who resigned April 24 as assistant general manager of the New York Red Bulls, was hired as chief operations officer of the Houston Dynamo.

Canetti, 35, served in a variety of capacities over nearly six years for the MetroStars, who were sold and became the New York Red Bulls on March 9. He became assistant GM last May, but resigned one week after president and general manager Alexi Lalas left to assume a similar role with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Canetti, will run day-to-day operations for the Dynamo. "The team and the city are a perfect fit, and it's easy to see that there is a bright future ahead," he told the Houston Chronicle.


Red Bulls to host Bayern Munich

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls will host German Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich May 27 in a friendly at Giants Stadium

Meanwhile, managing director Marc de Grandpre announced six staff members had been promoted: Andrew Lafiosca to vice president of marketing and sales, Matthew Chmura to vice president of communications, Jane Prior to director of marketing, Lindsay Daywalt to director of special events, Eric Tosi to director of media relations, and Peter Katic to information technology manager.

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