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Crew Signs Midfielder Ross Paule

March 13, 2003

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ The Columbus Crew signed two-time MLS All-Star midfielder Ross Paule on Thursday.

Columbus acquired the rights to Paule from the MetroStars for defender Chris Leitch and midfielder Jeff Matteo.

Paule did not have a contract after the 2002 season and hadn’t agreed to terms with the MetroStars, who still held his rights. He has agreed to undisclosed terms with Columbus.

The six-year veteran was an All-Star in 1998 and 1999 while playing for Colorado before being traded to the MetroStars during the 2001 season.

Leitch appeared in 13 games as a rookie last season. Matteo joined the Crew midway through the 2002 season and appeared in just one game.

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