Aztecs Sell One, Cut Three More

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Pasedena Star-News

With their North American Soccer League debut just around the corner, the Los Angeles Aztecs have sold Brazil forward Iris DeBrito to Denver and cut three other players, reducing their roster to the NASL maximum of 17 players.

The Aztecs, who host the Seattle Sounders Sunday at 3 p.m. at East L.A. Stadium in the league opener, cut midfielder David Coskun and defender Siragan Elian, both of Los Angeles, and goalie Mike Illic of Yugoslavia.

DeBrito, expected to be one of Aztec scoring stars, as he has been in Brazil, was replaced on
the starting forward line by Douglas McMillan.

McMillan, a member of the U.S. National soccer team, was the top scorer in the American Soccer League last year for Cleveland.

Frederik Sipman, born in San Diego and a graduate of Charter Oak High School in Covina, has been signed as the Aztec's second goalie, behind Trinidad national star Kelvin Barclay.

"Now we've finally set our team," Aztec coach Alex Perolli commented. "We're through with the free substitutions (only two per contest allowed under NASL rules) and experimentation. We know what our people can do and what we are to expect of them."