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Etcheverry has his left knee scoped; U.S Pro-40 triumphs in Portugal.

FAIRFAX, Va. (Tuesday, December 14, 1999) -- D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry walked out of a Fairfax, Va., hospital without crutches today after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Etcheverry, 29, had part of his torn posterior lateral meniscus removed, an injury suffered in United's final regular season home match against the New England Revolution. Etcheverry also had significant scar tissue debrided from the joint, much of which resulted from a 1993 operation to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The one-hour procedure was performed by United team physician William Hazel at Commonwealth Orthopaedic Surgery Center. The player will start rehabilitation immediately and should be able to train at full speed in two-to-four weeks.

Etcheverry, a member of the Major League Soccer "Best 11," had four goals and 17 assists in the 1999 regular season and followed with a goal and six assists in his club's playoff run to the league championship.


Major League Soccer's developmental team U.S. Pro-40 strung together two goals in a 17-minute span for a 2-1 victory over Benefica's reserve team today as part of the American club's international tour.

After facing a mix of second-team and first-team Benfica players in a 3-0 loss on December 1, Pro-40 responded with the triumph at Benefica's training park.

Nine minutes into the second half, U.S. Pro-40 went ahead 2-1. Pro-40 captain Brian Dunseth (New England Revolution) collected a deflected ball from a Pro-40 corner kick and chipped the ball inside the six-yard box where defender Ubusuku Abukusumo (formerly with the Columbus Crew) moved behind a Benfica defender to head the ball to midfielder Eric Quill (Tampa Bay Mutiny). Quill worked the ball past a set of defenders and unleashed a shot that rolled into the back right corner. The strike was Quill's second goal in two games.

After an early sixth-minute score by Benfica midfielder Paulo Cesar, a header off a corner kick, Pro-40 retaliated in the 39th minute with a goal by midfielder Sergi Daniv (Dallas Burn).

Benfica controlled the game and kept the ball in its attacking end through most of the first half, but found itself tied when Pro-40 forward Jamar Beasley (New England Revolution) challenged a defender for a 50-50 ball in the midfield. Beasley beat his opponent to the ball and sent a cross to Daniv. With his left foot, Daniv one-touched the ball with a hard volley passed Benfica's 17-year-old goalkeeper Morrera.

Pro-40, 1-2 against international competition, finishes its tour of Portugal on Thursday with a match against FC Estoril of the nation's second division.

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