MLS: Fire sends Wood, Draft Pick to D.C.

The Chicago Fire has traded former U.S. Olympian A.J. Wood and a second-round pick in the 1998 MLS Collegiate Draft to D.C. United for midfielder Jesse Marsch and future considerations. Chicago's second-round pick in the 1998 college draft, to be held Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will either be the 13th or 14th pick, depending on whether the Miami Fusion chooses to take the first overall pick in the college draft or the supplemental draft. "This trade is a good opportunity for Jesse. I coached Jesse at Princeton and he is a hard worker that gives 110%," said Fire head coach Bob Bradley. Marsch, has appeared in 15 games over the past two seasons, scoring four goals and three assists. He was United's third-round pick in the 1996 college draft. Wood appeared in 29 games for the Columbus Crew and NY/NJ MetroStars this past season, scoring five goals and four assists. He will be reunited with D.C. head coach Bruce Arena, who coached Wood at Virginia and during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
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