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Yellow cards put Etcheverry on bench for D.C. United's game in Dallas.

Marco Etcheverry
Yellow card accumulation will force star midfielder Marco Etcheverry to miss D.C. United's must-win game in Dallas Saturday.
HERNDON, Va. (Monday, August 7, 2000) -- After losing in Miami 3-1 on Saturday, defending Major League Soccer champion D.C. United can ill afford so much as tie in its final six games if the team hopes to sneak into the playoffs for a title defense.

Saturday's venture to Dallas Saturday was not made any easier with the suspension of midfield playmaker Marco Etcheverry for the game against the Burn.

Etcheverry was issued a yellow card three minutes into injury time against Miami -- a needless retaliation foul born of frustration. With two cautions in his last two matches, Etcheverry received eight penalty points and exceeded the suspension threshold of 21 by three.

Dallas (10-12-4, 34 points) is one of the league's premier home teams with an 8-2-2 record. Sitting in eighth place overall, the final playoff position, the Burn is just one point ahead of the New England Revolution. United (6-14-6, 24 points) is 2-10-3 away from home.

After the Dallas match, United forwards Jaime Moreno and Raul Diaz Arce will leave to join their national teams for World Cup qualifying matches next week.

Bolivia coach Carlos Aragones named Moreno to the roster that will face Ecuador in Quito on Wednesday, August 16. Moreno and Etcheverry, who was not called in for that match, both did not participate in Bolivia's last two qualifiers.

Diaz Arce will play for El Salvador in a crucial match against Jamaica in Kingston.

San Jose signs Savarese

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Giovanni Savarese, the fifth-leading goal scorer in MLS history, will join the San Jose Earthquakes for the final month of the season.

The Venezuelan forward scored 51 goals in four seasons with the MetroStars (1996-98) and the New England Revolution (1999). In 112 games, he totaled 116 points.

Now with Viterbese in Italy, he will be coming back to MLS for the Earthquakes' final seven games this season. His debut may help the Earthquakes, last in the MLS standings, in their effort to win the U.S. Open Cup efforts, starting with Wednesday night's quarterfinal against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I am looking forward to having him score goals like he did in New York and New England," Earthquakes coach Lothar Osiander said. "He has a good nose for the goal and can help us the rest of the way. I'm excited to have him, if only for a short time."

Savarese, 29, reached double figures in goals in each of his four seasons in the league, with a high of 14 in 1997 and 1998.

Savarese is also a member of the Venezuelan national team and is part of its World Cup qualifying squad.

Matthaeus contemplates MLS return

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Another week, another Lothar Matthaeus, story.

After a season in which the MetroStars have done better without him than with him and the fit has been uncomfortable at best, the German libero told the Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag he might return to MLS next season, just not with the New Jersey team.

"I could imagine myself staying in the United States for another year," said the 39-year-old whose contract expires in November. "There are other clubs than MetroStars and I have very good contacts in the Major League."

Matthaeus retired from international play after the recent European Championships and a world-record 150 international appearances for Germany.

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