The Miami Fusion has acquired Argentine defender/midfielder Mario Gori from D.C. United. The Fusion also receives D.C. United's second-round pick in the 1999 College Draft (the 19th pick overall).
In exchange, D.C. receives the first of Miami's two second-round picks in the 1999 College Draft (the 17th pick overall) and Miami's first-round pick in the 2000 College Draft. "Both [Fusion coach]
Ivo [Wortmann] and I are very excited to bring Mario to the Fusion," said Fusion Chief Operating Office Betty D'Anjolell. "We think he'll be a great help in leading us to MLS Cup '99. Gori, 25,
provides the Fusion with a speedy, left-footed flank player. He spent four seasons with Rosario Central of Argentina before joining D.C. in 1996, when he played in 25 league games and all six
postseason matches as D.C. won the inaugural MLS Cup. His playing time was limited in 1997 due to a knee injury and in 1998 due to knee surgery and a shoulder separation. He did appear in 17 games in
1998, and three playoff games. "It's good for me," said Gori of the trade. "I hope I can come in and make an impact right away. I'm excited to play in South Florida with players like [Carlos]
Valderrama and [Diego] Serna."