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Convey expected to get first start for struggling United against Columbus.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tuesday, May 2, 2000) -- Sixteen-year-old Bobby Convey is expected to get his first Major League Soccer start for D.C. United in tomorrow night’s match with the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.

Both teams sit in their division basements – United in the East and Columbus in the Central. This a particularly unaccustomed spot for United, he defending MLS champ which owns three of the league’s four titles.

Three of D.C.’s four losses have come o the MetroStars and New England Revolution, teams with a cumulative 0-6-3 record in other games.

Columbus has never won in Washington, going 0-13 at RFK, including playoffs. The Crew does sport the league’s top goal scorer, Dante Washington, a suburban Washington native who has six goals.

Capsule previews of Wednesday night’s two games with both times Eastern:

Columbus Crew at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m., Sport! TV
Records:
Columbus 2-4-1, 7 points, last in Central Division; D.C United 1-4-1, last in East.
All-time regular-season series: United leads 12-4 (United leads 30-27 in aggregate goals.)
Leading scorers: Columbus - F Dante Washington (6 goals, 1 assist-13 points); D.C. United - F Jaime Moreno (4-0-8)
Did you know? Columbus has lost its last seven regular season matches at RFK, all by one goal, including four shootouts . . . Columbus has never won at RFK (0-13, including playoffs)
Key players out: Columbus - M Brian Maisonneuve (ankle surgery - injured reserve); United - D Eddie Pope (knee surgery), D Clint Peay (knee surgery), F A.J. Wood (groin strain).
Key matchups: Columbus M John Wilmar Perez vs. United M Marco Etcheverry - Columbus imported Perez to give the Crew's midfield a true playmaker. Etcheverry has shaken off some early injuries to shine for United . . . If Perez is unable to control the tempo of the match, Etcheverry and company will be free to pressure the Crew's suspect defense.
Notes: In perhaps the strangest meeting ever between the two teams, last year's Eastern Conference finalists meet for the first time in 2000 with both occupying the bottom slots in their respective divisions . . . The Crew and United met to decide the last three Eastern Conference representatives to MLS Cup . . . For the first time in weeks, United will be at nearly full strength as midfield ace Ben Olsen and forward Chris Albright return to East Capitol Street after helping the United States under-23s qualify for the Sydney Olympic Games . . . With the exception of Eddie Pope, United will place its first 11 on the field for the first time in weeks . . . The Crew's struggles in D.C. are well documented, an all-time 0-13 record at RFK Stadium, including playoffs . . . The Crew may also have to play without defender\midfielder Ansil Elcock, who was called in by Trinidad & Tobago's national team selection for World Cup qualifiers this week . . . Columbus continues to search for the right combination in defense, having surrendered 15 goals this season through seven matches after allowing the fewest goals in the East last season . . . United has the league’s worst goals-against average, allowing16 in six outings (2.67 per game) . . . For the first time this season, Columbus could start the experienced defensive trio of Mike Clark, Todd Yeagley and Mike Lapper . . . D.C.'s Marco Etcheverry is on fire for United; the crafty Bolivian playmaker has three goals in United's last two matches.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Tim Weyland. Assistants - Greg Barkey, Robert Fereday.

Colorado Rapids at Chicago Fire, 8:30, p.m., Fox Rocky Mountain.
Records:
Colorado 3-4, 9 points, third in Western Division; Chicago 3-3-1, 10 points, third in Central.
All-time regular-season series: Chicago leads 5-3 (The Fire leads 20-8 in aggregate goals.)
Leading scorers: Colorado - F Jorge Dely Valdes (3-0-6); Chicago: F Ante Razov (4-3-11)
Did you know? Chicago outscored Colorado 8-1 in four meetings last season . . . Rapids M Joey DiGiamarino scored Colorado's lone goal.
Key players out: Colorado: M Ross Paule (knee strain - injured reserve), M Anders Limpar (hamstring strain - injured reserve), D Lance Key (groin strain); Chicago: M Diego Gutierrez (back pain), F Hristo Stoitchkov (groin strain), G Zach Thornton (calf strain), M DaMarcus Beasley (school commitments).
Key matchup:: Colorado F Junior Agogo vs. Chicago D Lubos Kubik: Agogo seems to be most efffective up the middle of the Rapids attack, but against Chicago he'll find the skillful Kubik, who played an offensive role himself in Chicago's 5-1 rout of Tampa Bay on Friday.
Notes: Colorado will try to regroup after a dismal 5-0 loss to league-leading Kansas City this past Saturday, while Chicago hopes to ride the momentum of Friday’s 5-1 victory against Tampa Bay . . . For Chicago, the match is the first of two on the schedule for this week, giving the Fire a chance to climb over Central Division leader Dallas . . . After allowing 11 goals in its first four matches, the Fire has righted the ship defensively, allowing only two goals in their last three games . . . Colorado continues to battle injuries, but the depleted Rapids midfield could be bolstered by the return of Joey DiGiamarino, who begins the week as questionable with groin strain . .. Also for Colorado, G Adin Brown has returned from Hershey, Pa, where he helped the U.S. under-23s qualify for the Summer Olympics . . . Tae Young Kim, a FIFA exchange referee from Korea will officiate the match, the first of his two MLS games this week.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Tae Young Kim. Assistants - Nate Clement, Francisco Sanchez.

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