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Roy Lassiter

HT: 5-8 WT: 165


HOMETOWN: Raleigh, N.C.

COLLEGE: North Carolina State

HOW ACQUIRED: Allocated by the league

CAREER: Member of the U.S. National Team ... Scored the game-winning goal in a World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica. Had a league-high 27 goals and 58 overall points in last year's inaugural MLS season ... Played for Genoa of the Italy's Serie "B" team during the off season ... Spent three years before joining the Mutiny in the Costa Rican first division, scoring 17 goals in 43 games during 1994-95 and earning foreign player of the year honors ... Named All-ACC and All-American as a senior with 22 goals at N.C. State

PERSONAL: Married (Wendy), one daughter.

Giuseppe Galderisi

HT: 5-8 WT: 150

BIRTHDATE: March, 22, 1963

HOMETOWN: Salerno, Italy

HOW ACQUIRED: From New England on May 15

CAREER: Played in 21 games for the Mutiny in 1996, starting 19. Scored seven goals, had eight assists. ... Most fouled player in the league last season (88) ... Spent 15 seasons in the Italian first division. Has been on the Italian national team 10 times. Played all four matches for Italy at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

PERSONAL: Married (Perla), one child.

Alan Prampin

HT: 5-7 WT: 165

BIRTHDATE: Nov. 30, 1971


HOW ACQUIRED: Traded by Kansas City for Steve Pittman on Jan. 9.

CAREER: Played in 15 games for the Wiz last season as a reserve. Scored a goal against the Mutiny ... Considered a speedy forward who may provide backup for Lassiter ... Bothered by a foot injury during the exhibition season but has returned to action.



Cle Kooiman

HT: 6-1 WT: 190

BIRTHDATE: July, 4, 1963

HOMETOWN Ontario, Calif.

COLLEGE: San Diego State

HOW ACQUIRED: Allocated by the league.

CAREER: Named one of the top three defenders in the league last year ... Played in 27 of 32 matches ... Co-captain in 1996 ... Played 12 games for the U.S. national team, including a start against Switzerland in the opening game of the 1994 World Cup. Played in the 1993 Copa America and Gold Cup tournaments ... Played four years in Mexico for the Juarez Cobras Was captain of the Cruz Azul first division team in 1993 ... Played three seasons for the California Kickers (WSL), five seasons for the Los Angeles Lazers (MISL) and three with the Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL)


Frank Yallop, defender

HT 5-10 WT: 160

BIRTHDATE: April 4, 1964

HOMETOWN Vancouver, British Columbia

HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in sixth round (36th overall)

CAREER: Has played in 45 games for Canada's national team ... Steady defender played in 29 matches last season ... Missed three games last season, including the last two playoff games, because of national team commitments ... Played for Ipswich Town of the English first division for 16 years before joining the Mutiny.

PERSONAL: Married (Karen).

Mike Duhaney

HT: 5-11 WT: 165

BIRTHDATE: April 5, 1974


COLLEGE: Nevada-Las Vegas

HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in the ninth round (63rd overall)

CAREER: Missed the entire 1996 season with a knee injury sustained while working out with the U.S. Olympic Team. Never set foot in Tampa ... Likely candidate to replace Steve Pittman, who was traded to Kansas City ... Had more than 20 appearances with the under-23 national team. Played for the U.S. team in the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina and at the 1995 World University Games in Japan.

PERSONAL: Married (Carrie), one daughter.


Mark Dougherty

HT: 6-2 WT: 180

BIRTHDATE: Nov. 7, 1967

HOMETOWN Cupertino, Calif.

COLLEGE: Fresno State

HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in first round (No. 7 overall)

CAREER: Started 28 of 32 games last season and had a 1.46 goals-against average ... Winning goalkeeper of the All-Star game ... Played for the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks of the APSL 1988-93 ... Player/coach of the USISL's Hawaii Tsunami in 1995, guiding the 18-2 team to a Northwest Division Championship

PERSONAL: Married (Toni Marie)

COACHESHead coach John Kowalski

COACHING EXPERIENCE: The 45-year-old native of Poland has coached on the collegiate and professional level, as well as in indoor soccer. ... Player/coach of the Cincinnati Kids and Pittsburgh Spirit of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1978-80 ... Coached indoor soccer until 1985, then became head coach of the U.S. National Indoor Team in 1986 ... Led the U.S. Team to the bronze medal at the FIFA World Championships in Holland in 1989 and the silver in Hong Kong in 1992 ... Spent six years (1973-78) as an assistant coach at University of New Haven. Coach at Robert Morris College from 1989 until joining Mutiny ... He is a U.S. Soccer Federation staff coach and an "A" licensed coach

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: University of New Haven, 1969-73. American Soccer League from 1973-76 before moving to indoor soccer with the Kids

PERSONAL: Married (Pat), one daughter

Assistant coach Tom Durkin

COACHING EXPERIENCE: Assistant coach of the Under-17 national team last year...Before joining Mutiny, he worked with Kowalski in the U.S. Soccer Federation for the past 10 years.



Carlos Valderrama

HT: 5-9 WT: 157

BIRTHDATE: Sept. 9, 1961

HOMETOWN: Santa Marta, Colombia

HOW ACQUIRED: Allocated by league

CAREER: MLS Most Valuable Player last season ... Team captain had four goals and 17 assists ... Played for Deportivo Cali of Colombia's first division during off season ... Captain of the Colombian National Team; played 95 times for his country ... Played in the past five Copa Americas, beginning in 1987 when he was Colombian player of the Year ... Began club career in 1981 with Union Magdelena of Colombia's first division. Played for Millionarios in 1984 and Deportiva Cali in 1985-87. In 1988, was transferred to Montpellier of French first division for $1.5-million, leading the team to the 1990 French Cup championship ... Moved to Spain in 1990 to play for Real Vallodolid, then returned to Colombia in 1992 to play for Deportiva Independiente Medellin. ... Moved to Atletico Juniors in 1993

PERSONAL: Married (Claribeth), three children

Steve Ralston

HT 5-9 WT: 150

BIRTHDATE: June 14, 1974


COLLEGE: Florida International

HOW ACQUIRED: Local option college draft pick (second round)

CAREER: MLS Rookie of the Year in 1996 ... Had seven goals and two assists ... Played three games with U.S. National Team but did not survive final cut ... Led nation in scoring as an FIU junior in 1994 with 56 points (19 goals, 18 assists). Named Trans America Athletic Conference player of the year as junior and second team All-American as junior and senior


Martin Vasquez

HT: 6-0 WT: 178

BIRTHDATE: Dec. 24, 1963

HOMETOWN: West Covina, Calif.

COLLEGE: Cal State-Los Angeles

HOW ACQUIRED: Allocated by league

CAREER: Received U.S. citizenship in September and is a member of the national team, for which he has played four times ... Scored five goals and got six assists for 15 points in first season with Mutiny. Started 31 of 32 matches ... Played in more than 300 games for four clubs over eight seasons in Mexican first division. Before joining the Mutiny, spent four seasons with Atlas ... Played indoor soccer with Los Angeles Lazers (MISL) 1984-85 and Memphis Storm (AISA) 1985-86 ... Led NCAA Division II in scoring as a college freshman with 29 goals

PERSONAL: Married (Denise), two children

Derek Backman

HT: 6-0 WT: 170

BIRTHDATE: Jan. 6, 1966

HOMETOWN: Spring Hill

COLLEGE: College of Boca Raton

HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in the 11th round (77th overall)

CAREER: Became a starter in the second half of the season. Played in 25 games, starting 14 ... Played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies from 1988 until their demise in 1993. Played every minute of every game in 1992 ... Played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Tampa Bay Cyclones (USISL) ... Four-year captain at College of Boca Raton (now Lynn University), which won 1987 NAIA national championship

PERSONAL: Married (Kim), one child

Frankie Hejduk

HT: 5-8 WT: 155

BIRTHDATE: Aug. 5, 1974

HOMETOWN: Cardiff, Calif.


HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in the seventh round (49th overall).

CAREER: Member of U.S. Olympic Team in 1996 and called up to the U.S. national team. Earned four caps for U.S. team ... Joined the Mutiny in August and added much-needed speed. Scored one goal, which beat New York on Sept. 4 ... Member of the U.S. Under-17 national team in 1990


Ivan McKinley

HT: 6-2 WT: 180

BIRTHDATE: June 15, 1969


COLLEGE: College of Boca Raton

HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in the fourth round (37th overall)

CAREER: Played in 26 games last season, started 25 ... Played in back, midfield and at forward last season ... Played in the Swiss first division in 1995 and with Fort Lauderdale of the APSL 1991-94 ... Two-time NAIA All-American, scoring 35 goals and 25 assists in 75 games

PERSONAL: Married (Sherry), one son

Nelson Vargas

HT: 5-7 WT: 150

BIRTHDATE: Aug. 6, 1974


HOW ACQUIRED: Drafted in the 12th round (84th overall)

CAREER: A member of the U.S. Olympic Team last season, didn't join Mutiny until August. Played in nine matches, starting four ... Played in the under-17 World Cup in Italy in 1991 and was a member of U.S. under-20 team ... All-America at Miami Coral Park


Evans Wise

HT: 6-0 WT: 155

BIRTHDATE: Nov. 23, 1973

HOMETOWN: Port of Spain, Trinidad

HOW ACQUIRED: Supplemental draft

CAREER: Played in 24 games, starting 17 ... Became a reserve near the end of the season ... Member of the Trinidad and Tobago national and Olympic teams ... Two seasons at Mercer Community College in New Jersey, earning all-America honors and being named junior college Player of the Year in 1994



SCOTT BUDNICK: G, 6-2, 195, Oct. 28, 1971...Started four games last season and had a 1.00 goals-against average.

JOHN DIFFLEY: D, 5-9, 150, Nov. 11, 1967...Played in 13 games last season, starting six.

ADAM FRYE: D, 5-8, 159, Feb. 15, 1974...Played 15 games last year, starting nine...Became a reserve in second half.

MARCO FERRUZZI: M, 5-9, 170, Oct. 15 1970...Played with the Tampa Bay Terror and Tampa Bay Cyclones last season.

DAVID MOXOM: D, 6-2, 186, May 15, 1972...Will join the team in April after his season with NPSL's Milwaukee Wave is done.

JOAO BATISTA DA SILVA: M, 5-10, 175, Jan. 6, 1966...A discovery player selection who played for eight clubs in Brazil.

JACEK ZIOBER: F, 5-9, 170, Nov. 18, 1965...Discovery selection...Played for Polish team and in Polish first division.

MIKE FISHER: M, 5-9, 150, May 28, 1975...University of Virginia senior...May not join the team this season.

MIKE MEKELBURG, M, 6-1, 175, Feb. 20, 1975: Four-year starter for South Florida and CUSA Player of the Year for 1996.

MUSA SHANNON, F, 5-11, 175, Aug. 1, 1975...Scored a goal in preseason while on spring break from Robert Morris.