Haynes retires, joins Burn front office

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DALLAS -- A day after he retired from the Dallas Burn, Brian Haynes was hired by the club as manager of community programs and team liaison.

Haynes, 38, one of the rapidly decreasing players who were on an MLS roster since the league’s first opening day in 1996, will oversee and help develop Burn community programs and as a liaison between the staff, players and community.

"We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to add Brian to our front office staff," said Burn president and general manager Andy Swift said. "Brian is not only very well-liked in the community, but is also an exemplary role model . . . Brian will undoubtedly be a great ambassador not only for the Burn but for the sport of soccer."

In his four-plus years with the Burn, Haynes, a midfielder, played in 77 regular season games, scoring eight goals while adding six assists. He was the fourth-leading scorer on the team in 1996 with four goals and three assists for 11 points.

"I am thrilled to be able to continue working with the Dallas Burn," Haynes said. "The Burn organization has been like a family to me for the past four years and I look forward to helping out in any way I can to help this organization continue to be one of the best in MLS."

The Burn filled the open roster spot by signing striker Michael Burke, who started the season with D.C. United before being cut.