Dallas Burn: 2003 Outlook

April 3, 2003

2002 Record: 12-9-7 (43 points), Western Conference third place, playoff quarterfinals

Coach: Mike Jeffries (third season)

Who's back: F Jason Kreis, F Edward Johnson, M Oscar Pareja, M Joselito Vaca, M Antonio Martinez, D Steven Morrow, D Tenwya Bonseu, D Chris Gbandi. GK D.J. Countess

Key Addition: D Shavar Thomas

Who's gone: GK Matt Jordan, M Jorge Rodriguez

What's ahead: The Burn are into big-time downsizing as they've moved from the Cotton Bowl to a suburban high school field that seats about 13,000 and has artificial turf. Plans are afoot for a soccer-specific stadium in a couple of years.

Meanwhile, the team is long overdue for success. They've been knocked out in the first round of the playoffs for three straight years.

The big lineup change is in goal, when 21-year-old Countess takes over from Jordan.

Gbandi, the much-hyped No. 1 overall pick a year ago, makes his debut after sitting out last year with a torn ACL.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press