With the season finished, D.C. United now will turn its attention to completing a midseason trade with the Miami Fusion and adjusting its roster because of the salary cap for the third consecutive year.
Forward Roy Lassiter, Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer, is believed to be the player headed to the Fusion, but several teammates also have been mentioned, including most of the starting defensive corps. The trade was made in July, with United receiving midfielder John Maessner and rookie forward Chris Albright for midfielder-defender Brian Kamler and future considerations to be determined at the end of the season.
"I definitely don't want to go to Miami," Lassiter said. "I am happy with this team. I don't like the type of players they have in Miami. . . . I have that reality in my head that I might be the one, but I hope it's not me."
United officials won't say when they will announce their decision, but a Miami spokesman said its club plans to name the player on Wednesday.
United also will lose Argentine defender Diego Sonora, whose contract expired after today's game. Sonora isn't likely to re-sign with MLS--which owns and primarily negotiates all player contracts--and even if he does, D.C. will have to trade him because of salary cap considerations.
Sonora started at right back most of the season, but Carey Talley got the call today. Sonora entered in the 74th minute for Carlos Llamosa, who suffered a minor leg injury.
Tuesday Parade Scheduled
United will celebrate its third championship at 11 a.m. Tuesday with a parade and rally in downtown Washington. It will begin at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and conclude at Freedom Plaza (at Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets). The team is scheduled to arrive at Dulles Airport aboard a United Airlines flight from Boston's Logan Airport at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. . . .
MLS wasn't expected to implement its rule changes until next season, but Commissioner Don Garber decided this morning to use one of them for the championship game: The official time was kept by referee Tim Weyland, not on the scoreboard clock. . . .
The father of Galaxy defender Robin Fraser collapsed during a postgame reception and was taken to an area hospital, a league spokesman said. Medical personnel initially feared Felix Fraser had suffered a heart attack, but the apparent cause was high blood pressure. Robin Fraser broke his left clavicle early in the game. . . .
Jordan Graye of Washington won first place in the 12-14 boys division of the MLS Dribble, Pass and Shoot competition held here this weekend. Jessica Deegan of Centreville was second among 12-14 girls and Alex Mounts of Alexandria was fourth among 10-11 boys.