MLS: Tampa, Chicago make multi-player trade; Mutiny signs Joe Addo

The Chicago Fire and Tampa Bay Mutiny completed a multi-player trade Aug. 2, with the Mutiny sending defender Sam George, midfielder Paul Dougherty and a conditional draft choice to the Fire in exchange for defender Richie Kotschau and midfielder Manny Lagos. "We needed to do this trade to shore up our defensive depth," said Mutiny GM Nick Sakiewicz. "One of the criticisms of our team is the lack of pace on defense. Both Kotschau and Lagos have decent pace and both have enough talent to be starters in this league. They will make our team stronger." Kotschau, a first-round pick in the 1998 MLS College Draft, played 24 games for the Fire in 1998, but has seen limited action this year. Lagos missed most of the last two seasons with knee injuries, but has recovered and played in nine games for Chicago this year. Sam George joins Chicago after starting 17 of Tampa Bay's 20 games this year. He appeared in 16 games for New England in 1997 before being traded to Tampa, where he had an assist in 21 games last year. Also joining the Fire is Dougherty, who played for the MetroStars in the first half of the 1998 season before heading to Tampa in a trade for Mike Duhaney. This season, Dougherty has found limited playing time in the crowded Mutiny midfield, managing three assists in ten appearances. "We have been looking to add a player or two that we feel could improve our team for the second half of the season and the playoffs," said Chicago coach Bob Bradley. "Paul and Sam are the kinds of additions that can make a difference late in the year." MUTINY SIGNS ADDO The Mutiny also announced the signing of current Ghana national team captain Joe Addo, another key addition to Tampa Bay's defense. Addo, a central defender who stylistically plays as a sweeper, is training with the Mutiny and awaiting his work visa. Tampa Bay coach Tim Hankinson hopes to have Addo in uniform Aug. 8 when Tampa Bay travels to Eastern Division leader D.C. United. Addo, 27, was a starter for Ghana in the 1996 Olympics. He has also played clubs in Germany, Holland, Portugal and Greece. "With Joe and Ritchie, it does change us, gives us something we can feel more comfortable with in a foot race," Hankinson said.
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