MLS: MetroStars pick up Bartlett

The struggling New York/New Jersey MetroStars have acquired South African striker Shaun Bartlett from Colorado for a first-round draft pick in the 1998 supplemental draft and future considerations. Bartlett has seen action in only 10 games for the Rapids this season, picking up just one goal and two assists. He has been absent for several World Cup qualifying matches. He is a reserve for the Bafana Bafana, who only need a tie against Congo Aug. 16 to qualify for the 1998 World Cup finals for the first time. Bartlett had eight goals and seven assists in 26 games last season. He was acquired from Cape Town Spurs after helping South Africa win the '96 African Nations' Cup. Bartlett takes the injured Guido's slot among the Stars' five foreigner slots. "Our team neded an offensive boost, and I think this trade helps a great deal," Stars coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. Bartlett is the second big-name player the Rapids have dealt in the last week. They traded Roy Wegerle, also a native of South Africa, to D.C. United for Steve Rammel.
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