Knee surgery shelves Colorado keeper Brown for D.C. game, 3 more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Friday, June 30, 2000) -- David Kramer will be in goal for the Colorado Rapids for tomorrow afternoon’s televised visit (3 p.m. - ESPN) to D.C. United at RFK Stadium with regular starter Adin Brown scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee today.
Brown was to undergo the procedure to "clean up" the meniscus in his right knee and is expected to be out
approximately 14-21 days, according to Rapids trainer Jay Mellette.
Brown, also slated to be the starting goalkeeper for the United States Olympic team at
the 2000 Games in Australia, is expected to miss four Major League Soccer matches.
The two teams lead MLS in man-games lost to injury, with United at 82 and Colorado at 79, but D.C. should have all of its starters in place for tomorrow’s meeting. Colorado will also be without defender Chris Martinez, who suffered a right groin strain in Wednesday night's win over Dallas, plus Henry Zambrano (groin), Joey DiGiamarino (groin), Seth Trembly (hand) and Wes Hart (knee), who did come off injured reserve Thursday, but will not make the trip.
Capsule previews of Saturday’s four games (with all times Eastern):
Colorado Rapids at D.C. United, 3 p.m., ESPN
Records: Colorado 8-9-1, 25 points, third in Western Division; D.C. United 4-11-4, 16 points, fourth in West.
Season series: D.C. leads 1-0, winning 5-2 at Colorado on May 6.
All-time regular-season series: D.C. leads 8-3 (United leads 30-18 on aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Colorado - F Junior Agogo (7 goals, 6 assists, 20 points); D.C. United - F
Jaime Moreno (9-4-22)
Did you know? Jaime Moreno's hat trick against the Rapids on May 6 in Denver was the first of his MLS career.
Key players out: Colorado - Henry Zambrano (questionable - left calf strain); D.C.United - D Judah Cooks (quad tear).
Key matchup: Colorado D Scott Vermillion vs. D.C. United F Jaime Moreno - Moreno is known to attack the lanes from where he can cut into the box or launch dangerous crosses. Vermillion will need to be doubly careful he doesn't forget about Moreno when defending against the other flank players United will bring forward.
Notes: This game is a head-to-head battle of teams battling for the final playoff spots with Colorado currently holding the seventh of eight playoff spots and United sitting 12th, six points below eighth place. . . United concludes a period of three home matches in a week, having split the first two games. . . Colorado (37) and United (38) have alowed the most goals in the league. . . The Rapids are the second consecutive Western Division foe to travel to RFK Stadium after the Black-and-Red los 2-1 to Los Angeles on Wednesday. . . The Rapids beat the Dallas Burn 2-1 on Wednesday. . . Colorado has shown inconsistency this year, partly due to the numerous injuries the squad has suffered and in the last 10 games Head Coach Glenn Myernick's team is 4-5-1.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Rich Grady (5 games, 26 yellow card, 3 red cards); Assistants - Tom Bobadilla, Todd Perry.
MetroStars at Tampa Bay Mutiny, 7 p.m., MetroChannel
Records: MetroStars 8-7-2, 26 points, tied for first in East; Tampa Bay 10-8, 30 points, tied for first in Central.
Season series: Series even 1-1 (Mutiny leads 5-3 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Tampa Bay leads 11-7 (Mutiny leads 35-22 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: MetroStars - F Adolfo Valencia (9-6-24); Tampa Bay - F Mamadou Diallo (15-0-30)
Did you know? Diallo has been flagged for offside calls more times (43) than all the players on the MetroStars current roster combined (42).
Key players out: MetroStars - none reported; Tampa Bay - G Andy Kirk (right thumb
Key matchup: Tampa Bay F Mamadou Diallo vs. MetroStars D Mike Petke - Petke
did well to shut down Diallo in the teams' previous meeting, but the Mutiny’s supporting cast shot down the Metros. If Petke can keep Diallo's chances to a minimum, the Metros will have an edge.
Notes: The MetroStars come into this week as the hottest team in MLS, with a
6-3-2 record during their last 11 games. One of those three defeats came at the hands of Tampa Bay, which blanked the Metros 3-0 at Giants Stadium June 9. The match saw the MetroStars end Mamadou Diallo's five-game goal scoring streak. . . Now in Raymond James Stadium, the Metros will again need to hold the Senegalese striker in check, but also must play complete team defense that was missing in the previous loss. . . The Mutiny's Carlos
Valderrama (18) is within one of the MLS single-season record for assists he shares with Marco Etcheverry and Diallo is on pace to break the record for goals in a season. But as the Mutiny proved in the last meeting of these teams, they are not the only players on the Tampa Bay side who can score. . . In the seven games since the
arrival of Clint Mathis, he has combined with Valencia for nine goals and 10 assists. . . Going into this week, the MetroStars are tied for first place in the Eastern Division, and this game gives them a chance to jump ahead of idle New England. . . If both defenses succeed in shutting down the top scorers, look for midfielders Tab Ramos and Mark Chung to handle the Metros offensive load, and midfielders Steve Ralston and Manny Lagos to continue offensive successes on the Tampa Bay side.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Paul Tamberino (11 games, 36 yellow cards, 4 red cards); Assistants - Sharon Wheeler, Kermit Quisenberry.
San Jose Earthquakes at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m., WSYX
Records: San Jose 4-7-7, 19 points, fourth in West; Columbus 6-8-4, 22 points, third in Central.
Season series: Crew leads 1-0, defeating San Jose 2-1 in overtime at home March 25.
All-time regular-season series: Columbus leads 7-4 (Crew leads 24-16 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: San Jose - F Abdul Thompson Conteh (7-3-17); Columbus - F Dante Washington (9-6-24).
Did you know? Columbus midfielder Robert Warzycha scored the first regular-season golden goal in
MLS history in the 2-1 victory over the Earthquakes on March 25.
Key players out: San Jose - M Wade Barrett (left groin strain), John Doyle (right groin strain); Columbus - F Brian McBride (broken cheekbone), M Brian Maisonneuve (ankle surgery rehab).
Key matchup: San Jose D Mike Burns vs. Columbus F Brian West - With McBride out for the Crew, West takes on a more focal role in the attack from the right flank. Burns, who often participates in the offense,
should play more of a defensive game to stop West's services and dangerous runs.
Notes: With a victory, the Earthquakes can take another step toward playoff contention. . . San Jose needs to begin to win on the road to make a serious postseason push. . . Heading into Wednesday's match, the Earthquakes (0-7-2) are one of two MLS team without a road win. . . The San Jose match represents the third game of a three-game homestand for Columbus, which has been even at home: 3-3-3. . . Although Columbus has won just one of its last five games, it remains among the teams in the hunt for the final playoff spots. . . The game against the Earthquakes marks the third straight game without McBride. . . His prognosis would have him back in another 3-7 weeks. . . Columbus goalkeeper Matt Napoleon recorded his first career victory against the Revolution last Saturday after earning his first shutout the week before ... The Crew has never lost to San Jose at Crew Stadium and have not lost to the San Jose in Ohio since July 20, 1996. . . Two more meetings between these teams will take place at the Earthquakes’ Spartan Stadium later this season.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Gerry Corrie (6 games, 22 yellow cards); Assistants - Chip Reed, Zekai Akbay.
Los Angeles Galaxy at Dallas Burn, 8:30 p.m., ESPN2 (taped delay: 10:00 p.m.).
Records: Los Angeles 8-4-7, 31 points, second in West; Dallas 6-10-3, 21 points, fourth in Central.
Season series: Los Angeles leads 1-0-1 (Galaxy leads3-2 in aggregate goals).
All-time regular-season series: Los Angeles leads 11-6-1 (Galaxy lead 40-25 in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Los Angeles - M Cobi Jones (5-4-14); Dallas - F Jason Kreis (9-7-25).
Did you know? The Galaxy is 4-1 in games televised nationally while Dallas is 3-3-1.
Key players out: Los Angeles - M Danny Peña (sprained right knee); Dallas - G Mark Dodd (right hand surgery).
Key matchup: Los Angeles D Danny Califf vs. Dallas F Ariel Graziani - Califf earned MLS "Player of the Week" two weeks ago for marking Mamadou Diallo out of a match, and will again face one of the league's skilled forwards. Graziani's diagonal runs are a key to the Burn offense, and if he struggles so may a slumping Burn offense.
Notes: Jones ended a streak of 14 games without a goal with the game winning tally, and an assists, as well as heading a potential late tying goal of his line in Wednesday’s 2-1 triumph at D.C. United. However, Luis Hernandez has now played eight games with the Galxy without finding net. . . Seven of the Galaxy's eight victories wins have come against teams outside the Western Division, but Dallas boasts a 6-2-1 record at the Cotton Bowl. . . Midfielder Simon Elliot is expected to return to the Galaxy after a stint in Tahiti with the New Zealand National Team. . . Only three teams in MLS have just one double-digit scorer, and all three are in the Western Division. . . Los Angeles is one of them with Jones at 14 points. . . A crowd of 20,417 fans came out in Dallas the last time L.A. was in town in anticipation of the debut of Hernández. . . Graziani returns for Dallas after missing one game to join the Ecuador national team in a World Cup qualifier versus Peru. . . Kreis averages one point per game against the Galaxy, and playmaker Mauricio Cienfuegos averages more than one point per game in his career vs. Dallas.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Marcel Yonan (7 games, 21 cautions, 1 sendoff);
Assistants - Greg Barkey, Misail Tsapos