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Mariners to host Dallas Burn March 19

February 23, 2004 - USL First Division (USL-1) - Virginia Beach Mariners News Release

Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Virginia Beach Mariners announced today that will be hosting a preseason exhibition match with Major League Soccer’s Dallas Burn on Friday, March 19 at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Mariners who finished their 2003 A-League campaign with a record of 14-9-5, going 10-3-2 at the Sportsplex, will be led by forward Dante Washington who ranked second in the League last season in goals scored with 18 in 26 games. He also ranked third in the League in points with 37. Joining Washington is midfielder Pato Aguilera who ranked sixth in the League in points with 29 and ninth in goals with 10. He also ranked third in assists with 9. Both Washington and Aguilera were named First Team All A-League. Washington played for Dallas from midseason 1996 through 1999 scoring 24 goals and 15 assists and in 1997 he led Dallas in points with 30. Mariner midfielder Hamisi Amani-Dove also played for Dallas in 2002 appearing in six games.

Major League Soccer veteran Steve Jolley, a local standout from Kempsville High School and the College of William and Mary, currently plays for Dallas, having been acquired from the New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the off-season. A 1997 graduate of the College of William and Mary, he finished 3rd in school history with 37 assists. Matt Behnke, from Williamsburg is also on the BurnÂ’s roster. He graduated from Princeton in 2001, and was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection that same year. Also playing for Dallas are U.S. National Team veterans forward Jason Kreis and defender Cory Gibbs.

Team rosters have not been set for the 2004 season for either team. Rosters for Virginia Beach and Dallas will be released closer to the March 19 match date.

Tickets for the match can be purchased online at and are $10 for all fans over age 3 if purchased before gametime. At the gate, all tickets will be $12. They can also be purchased in advance at the Virginia Rush office in Virginia Beach (430-3500) or by calling the Mariners office at 430-9800.

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