Diaz Arce Goes to Revolution
Feb. 05, 1998
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Two-time MLS champion D.C. United broke up its ``Magic Triangle'' on Thursday, sending Raul Diaz Arce to the New England Revolution in a three-way deal that also sent U.S. national team defender Alexi Lalas to the MetroStars.
In one of the biggest deals in the league's two-year history, New York-New Jersey sent a second-round selection in next year's college draft and gave ``future considerations'' to Washington to complete the trade. D.C. United was forced to give up Diaz Arce, the league's second leading scorer, due to salary-cap restrictions.
The 27-year-old Lalas, perhaps the most recognized American player around the world, is a two-time all-star. But he lost his regular defensive slot on the U.S. national team late in World Cup qualifying last fall and has been relegated to the bench.
New England appeared to be the big winner in the deal, acquiring the 28-year-old Salvadoran international, who with Bolivians Marco Etcheverry and Jaime Moreno formed the league's most potent offense, nicknamed the ``Magic Triangle.'' Moreno led the MLS in scoring last year with 16 goals; Diaz Arce had 15.
Diaz Arce and D.C. United teammate Mario Gori last season were accused of rape in Columbus, Ohio, following a game against the Crew. The charges were dropped earlier this year.
Lalas, who has 91 caps for the U.S. national team, is the only American to have played in Italy's famed Serie A, staying two seasons in Padova before returning to the United States.
``The opportunity to acquire someone with Alexi's extraordinary credentials doesn't come along every day, and I expect he will have a very positive influence on our young players,'' said Charlie Stillitano, MetroStars vice president and general manager.
Lalas and Diaz Arce are both with their national teams competing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.