MLS: MetroStars Sign Diego Sonora

The MetroStars have signed Argentine midfielder Diego Sonora, who was a two-time MLS All-Star while with the Dallas Burn. "We are delighted to add a player of Diego's caliber," said MetroStars head coach Alfonso Mondelo. "He will improve our team significantly." Sonora, 28, returns to MLS after a brief stint in his homeland. He was allocated to the MetroStars by MLS and will fill one of the team's five foreign player slots. "Diego is a proven MLS professional, a league all-star, and an excellent two-way player who can attack and defend with style," said MetroStars GM Charlie Stillitano. "He expressed a desire to play in the league again, and we feel his experience and abilities will be a valuable addition to the club." Sonora started 31 of Dallas' 32 games in the inaugural MLS season, leading the Burn with seven assists. Last season, he started 16 games before leaving the team at midseason after a contract dispute. He is expected to join the MetroStars in time for their pre-season training tour of Italy. Sonora replaces Shaun Bartlett on the Metros' roster. Bartlett, who will not play in MLS this season, has been loaned to his former team in South Africa, Cape Town Spurs. "Shaun expressed his desire to return to South Africa and to try to win his national team spot back. We felt it was best for all involved to accommodate him," said Stillitano. "He is a wonderful person and a great talent on the field, and we wish him the best in his bid for a World Cup with South Africa."
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