MLS: Fusion acquires Kamler, sends Maessner to D.C.

The Miami Fusion has acquired left-sided defender/midfielder Brian Kamler from D.C. United in exchange for midfielder John Maessner. The transaction is part of the trade announced Saturday that sent forward Chris Albright to D.C. in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2000 College Draft and future considerations. The Fusion will receive the future considerations from D.C. after the season. "Although Albright has a promising career ahead of him, we feel that we have been able to package a deal that meets both our immediate and future needs," said Fusion managing director Doug Hamilton. "We have received an experienced left side player, a high first-round draft pick and still have future considerations to help strengthen the team after this season." Kamler, 27, has made 55 appearances over four seasons with United, recording three goals and seven assists. He has played in 16 of United's 18 games this season after missing 22 games over the past two seasons due to injury. Kamler is expected to join Miami this week and be available for the Fusion's game Saturday at the NY/NJ MetroStars. Maessner, 30, returns to D.C. where he began his MLS career in 1996. The Mercerville, NJ resident registered two assists in 40 regular season appearances with the Fusion over two seasons and played all 90 minutes in both 1998 playoff games against D.C. The Fusion acquired Maessner in the second round (fourth overall) in the 1998 MLS expansion draft following his best MLS season in 1997 when he registered two goals and nine assists in 32 games for United.
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