The New England Revolution continued its roster overhaul March 10, as the club traded speedy Brazilian midfielder Welton to the Los Angeles Galaxy for a first-round pick in the 1998 MLS Supplemental Draft.
Welton was the only Brazilian native in MLS last year, and he dazzled Foxboro Stadium crowds with his skill and speed. In 29 appearances for New England, he scored three goals and assisted on six others.
To fill the foreign player spot vacated by Welton, the Revolution signed Argentine playmaker Alejandro Farias as a discovery player. Farias, 27, is a native of Buenos Aires who has spent ten years with Boca Juniors of Argentina's First Division. He also played for Argentine club Atlanta.
The skillful Farias is an excellent passer who is expected to team with fellow Argentine Alberto Naveda in New England's midfield.
"We feel Alejandro has the skills to help our club compete for the MLS Cup," said New England coach Thomas Rongen. "His performance during his one-week trial confirmed that he has great potential."
Farias is expected to join New England sometime in the coming few weeks.
The Revs also released three players -- keeper Aiden Heaney, defender Iain Fraser, and midfielder Peter Woodring.
Heaney made 19 starts in goal for New England in 1996, posting four shutouts and a 1.70 GAA that was fifth in the league. Fraser, a Canadian international who played for his country against Mexico on March 2, was the Revolution's first pick in the 1996 MLS draft. He started 23 matches for the club last year and finished fifth in the league in blocks. Woodring, a second-round pick in the 1996 draft, appeared in 21 games and had a goal and three assists.