MLS: MetroStars trade Parra for Miami's Corrales

The MetroStars have traded defender Carlos Parra to the Miami Fusion in exchange for midfielder Ramiro Corrales. An intelligent player with a strong left foot, Corrales was a member of the U.S. under-20 national team that played in the 1997 World Youth Championship in Malaysia. "We're sorry to lose a player with Carlos' potential, but I think this will be one of those rare deals that benefits both teams," MetroStars GM Charlie Stillitano said. "We believe that a smart, left-footed midfielder like Ramiro will fit in well with our current setup." Originally drafted by Columbus in the 1996 MLS Draft, Corrales, 22, was traded to the San Jose Clash before the start of the '96 season. He was then selected by Miami in the eighth round of the 1998 MLS expansion draft, and has appeared in one Fusion game this year. The 6-0, 160-pound Corrales, who Parra calls "One of my best friends on the soccer scene" started 11 games for San Jose in 1997, mostly in a central midfield role. He scored his only league goal in 1996, on a curling 20-yard shot against Tampa Bay. Parra, the youngest player ever to play for the MetroStars (20 years, 48 days), was recently named captain of the U.S. Pro-40 Select team that competes in the A-League. The West Haven, Conn., native played in six games for the MetroStars, including two appearances as a substitute in 1998. "I'm excited to get the chance to see more playing time in Miami," the 6-0, 165-pound Parra said of the trade. "I think I did well with the MetroStars, but my playing time was limited. I'll miss the great fans and the staff who were so supportive of me, but the trade is a breath of fresh air." Parra had started the opening game of the '97 MLS season but his playing time diminshed when he joined the U.S. U-20s along with Corrales. The MetroStars also announced that they waived midfielder carlos Ledesma, whom head coach Alfonso Mondelo had brought with him from the Long Island Rough Riders.
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