DALLAS (AP) _ Dallas Burn midfielder Brian Haynes announced his retirement Thursday so the club could pursue younger players.

Haynes, 38, played for the Burn since the team's inception four years ago. He scored eight goals and had six assists in 77 games.

``This is a perfect time for me to step away,'' Haynes said. ``The Burn nucleus is made up of young players who are capable of getting the job done. It was a very enjoyable four years and I have no regrets.''

The Burn filled Haynes' roster spot with midfielder/forward Michael Burke.

Burke, 23, played for Loyola, Md. before turning pro after his sophomore season. He was A-League rookie of the year in 1998 for Jacksonville and Charleston.

Burke played seven games with D.C. United this season before being waived.