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Galaxy Acquire 19th Pick, Rights to Chacon

January 17, 2003 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - LA Galaxy News Release

PASADENA, CA (Friday, January 17, 2003) - The 2002 MLS Cup Champion Los Angeles Galaxy acquired the 19th overall pick in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft and the rights to Honduran forward Alex Pineda Chacon from the New England Revolution, it was announced today by Galaxy VP/General Manager Doug Hamilton. In exchange, the Galaxy sends veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, who had been with the Galaxy since 1998, to the Revolution. The move provides the Galaxy with its second MLS SuperDraft pick of the second round, giving the club the 19th and 20th selections.

"On behalf of the Galaxy organization, we would like to thank Matt for all of his hard work and dedication over the past five seasons. He has been in important part the Galaxy's success and championships. We wish him well," said Hamilton. "Alex brings a tremendous wealth of experience to our club and we look forward to his contribution on and off the field."

In two MLS seasons, Pineda Chacon has scored 21 goals and 11 assists for a total of 53 points. A native of Honduras, Pineda Chacon was drafted by the Revolution in the second round of the MLS Allocation/Dispersal Draft on January 11, 2002.

Pineda Chacon, who was originally signed by the Fusion as an allocation on March 16, 2001, made an impact for Miami, scoring 19 goals and nine assists. Pineda Chacon completed his first season with the Miami Fusion as the MLS Honda Most Valuable Player and Budweiser Scoring Champion. A 5-8, 150 pound forward, he was also recognized for his overall play and composure as the winner of the MLS Fair Play award in 2001

The Galaxy is scheduled to reconvene January 29, in preparation for Spring Training and the upcoming 2003 season, which will open on April 5 vs. the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. Following a league record eight-game road trip, the Galaxy will open its new home The Home Depot Center on Saturday, June 7 vs. the Colorado Rapids.

For information regarding purchasing 2003 L.A. Galaxy season tickets at The Home Depot Center, please call our office toll-free (877) 3-GALAXY or visit our website at: www.lagalaxy.com.


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