MLS: Miami acquires Lassiter from D.C. United
The Miami Fusion has completed a trade with D.C. United that will bring forward Roy Lassiter, the all-time leading scorer in MLS, to South Florida. The acquisition of Lassiter completes a deal made in July that sent defender Brian Kamler and a first-round draft pick in the 2000 MLS College Draft (third overall) to the Fusion in exchange for forward Chris Albright and midfielder John Maessner.
"We are extremely excited to have a player of Roy's caliber joining our club," said Fusion managing director Doug Hamilton. "He is a proven scorer in the league and provides an additional weapon in our attack. The addition of Roy should provide South Florida with an exciting brand of soccer on the field."
Lassiter, 30, has scored 73 goals and recorded 25 assists in his four-year MLS career to hold the league record in goals and points (171). In 1999, Lassiter finished the regular season tied for the league lead with 18 goals to lead D.C. to a league-best 23-9 record. In the playoffs he had three goals and an assist to help lift United to its third championship. Lassiter registered the game-winning assist in the 2-0 win over Los Angeles in MLS Cup '99.
A three-time All-Star, Lassiter spent his first two seasons with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, with whom he led the league in scoring with 26 goals in 30 games in 1996 and was selected to the AT&T Best 11. After six games with the Mutiny in 1998, Lassiter was traded to D.C. for forward Roy Wegerle. Lassiter scored 18 goals in 25 games and led D.C. to its third straight MLS Cup.
Lassiter has 29 caps for the U.S. national team and scored three goals in just 283 minutes during qualifying for World Cup '98. The Fusion now has six players who have been on the U.S. squad, joining forward Eric Wynalda, midfielder Henry Gutierrez and defenders Leo Cullen, Jay Heaps and Kamler.
"I have followed Roy's career closely, and we are all looking forward to having Roy as an important part of this team," said Fusion investor/operator Ken Horowitz. "He should bring a great deal of excitement to Lockhart Stadium and will be enthusiastically welcomed."
"I am looking forward to adding Roy to our lineup," said Fusion head coach Ivo Wortmann. "With Roy joining Diego [Serna], Eric and Welton up front, we should have one of the most dangerous attacks in the league. We are expecting him to provide a lot of scoring for us."
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