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Fusion Waives Nelson Vargas, Francis Oka

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  • jayheaps_grl06
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 1, 2000) ����� The Miami Fusion began its restructuring for the 2001 season today by waiving defender Francis Okaroh and
    Message 1 of 58 , Nov 2, 2000
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      FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 1, 2000) � The
      Miami Fusion began its restructuring for the 2001
      season today by waiving defender Francis Okaroh and
      midfielders Nelson Vargas and Maurizio Rocha. The trio will
      be part of the Major League Soccer Waiver Draft,
      scheduled to take place Friday at 2 PM (ET). The Fusion
      will have the fourth selection in the draft.
      <br>�These decisions are always agonizing, especially when
      you�re dealing with a classy veteran like Francis and a
      long-time contributor like Nelson and a young prospect like
      Maurizio,� said Head Coach Ray Hudson. �All three are
      quality players who should be able to find a place in the
      league. Now we will turn our attention to Friday�s draft
      to see if we can pick up one or two players who suit
      our needs.� <br><br>Vargas, 26, is a five-year MLS
      veteran who joined the Fusion prior to the 1998 inaugural
      season via the MLS Expansion Draft. He recorded three
      assists in 14 appearances in the 2000 season before
      suffering a right ankle sprain in late July that kept him
      out the remainder of the year. A graduate of Miami�s
      Coral Park Senior High, Vargas set career-highs with
      the Fusion in 1999 in assists (6), games played (22),
      games started (14) and minutes played (1171).
      <br><br>Okaroh, 37, joined the Fusion just before the 2000 season
      in a trade from the Chicago Fire in exchange for a
      second round pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft and a
      conditional pick in the 2002 SuperDraft. A former member of
      the Nigerian National Team, he made 13 starts and 13
      appearances for the Fusion and served as the team captain for
      nine contests. Okaroh made only one appearance in the
      final 18 games of the season and was unavailable for 11
      games in the 2000 campaign due to various injuries.
      <br><br>Rocha, 24, was a non-roster Project-40 developmental
      player for the Fusion the past two seasons who graduated
      from the program in October. A native of Bolivia,
      Rocha made two appearances last season, including a
      start in the Fusion�s season finale at D.C. United. He
      recorded three assists in 11 appearances in 1999.
      <br><br>�We thank all three players for their contributions
      to the Fusion and wish them well in their future
      endeavors,� said VP and General Manager Doug Hamilton.
    • pdmshalom
      Finally this is our year! Go Fusion!!! Patrick
      Message 58 of 58 , Aug 13, 2001
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        Finally this is our year!<br>Go Fusion!!!<br><br>Patrick
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