Eight players to miss weekend matches for U.S duty; 11 return.
ST. LOUIS (Friday, April 20, 2001) -- United States men’s coach Bruce Arena released 11 players back to their Major League Soccer teams after four days of training here.
Eight of the 13 players remaining in are from MLS; midfielders Clint Mathis and Richie Williams of the Metrostars; midfielder Chris Armas and striker Josh Wolff of the Chicago Fire; defender Jeff Agoos and striker Landon Donovan of the San Jose Earthquakes; and defender Carlos Llamosa and midfielder Preki Radosavljevic of the Miami Fusion.
Other MLS players could be recalled after Saturday’s six contests.
Capsule previews of those six games (all times Eastern):
Tampa Bay Mutiny at MetroStars.
Chicago Fire at Dallas Burn, 4 p.m.
Records: Chicago 1-0-1, 4 points; Dallas 1-1, 3 points.
Season series: First meeting. All-time regular-season - Chicago leads 7-5 with 24-19 advantage in aggregate goals.
Leading scorers: Chicago - M Dema Kovalenko (1-1-3); Dallas - M Jorge Rodriguez (2-0-4).
Did you know? Dallas has been outscored 14-5 in six matches at the Fire’s Soldier Field.
Key players out: Chicago - D Sergi Daniv (left ankle arthrscopic surgery), M Hristo Stoitchkov (left ankle medial sprain), M Peter Nowak (left hamstring strain), M Chris Armas (U.S. national team), F Josh Wolff (U.S. national team); Dallas - none
Key matchup: Chicago’s Kovalenko vs. Dallas M Ted Eck - Kovalenko's two-way game must be at its best because he'll be counted on to run the Fire midfield. Unless Nowak makes an unlikely recovery, Eck will be able to key on Kovalenko, who fed the Fire offense and helped frustrate Marco Etcheverry on the defensive end in Saturday's win vs. D.C.United.
Notes: National team camp will weaken a Fire lineup that can ill afford more absences. . . Without Armas and Wolff, Chicago will scramble to fill out a starting 11 that is already without Stoitchkov and Nowak. . . Dallas is at nearly full-strength, although striker Jason Kreis starts the week as questionable with a hyper-extended knee. . . The Burn appeared to fill its defensive gaps in blanking the Earthquakes' potent attack on the road last weekend following a poor defensive effort against Tampa Bay in their season opener. . . With Armas out, Dallas midfielder Oscar Pareja should find room to create chances. . . Chicago's offense will need to come from John Wolyniec, and recent addition Jamar Beasley who could shift to forward in Wolff's absence.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Brian Hall; Assistants - Tom Bobadilla, Paul Scott.
New England Revolution at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.
Television: Fox New England, Comcast SportsNet.
Records: New England 0-2, 0 points; United 1-1, 3 points.
Season series: First meeting. All-time regular season - United lead 12-8 with 30-26 advantage in aggregate goals.
Leading scorers: New England - M Leonel Alvarez (1-0-2); United - F Raul Diaz Arce (1-1-3).
Did you know? The last time New England started the season with three straight defeats was 1998.
Key players out: New England - M Yari Allnut (right foot surgery), M Ted Chronopoulos (right knee surgery-R); United: M Marco Etcheverry (red card suspension), M Ben Olsen (right ankle fracture-R), F Jaime Moreno (doubtful, right knee surgery), D Eddie Pope (doubtful, left big toe sprain).
Key matchup: New England M Andy Williams vs. United M Ryan Nelsen - Williams is the key to New England's transition from offense to defense with Nelsen will likely be assigned to shadow him. Unless Williams can create more space for attackers William Sunsing, Wolde Harris and Johnny Torres, the Revs offense will continue to struggle.
Notes: The Revolution hits the road for the second time in three weeks during a season-opening stretch of five of its first six matches away from Foxboro Stadium. . . United figures to rely on rookie midfielders Nelsen and Mark Lisi with regulars Etcheverry and Olsen sidelined. . . With New England still searching for consistency up front and in the midfield, Saturday might feature the MLS debut of the Revolution's Brazilian midfielder Cate, who was held out of last weekend's loss to Miami with a slight hamstring strain. . . United will look to get its offense back on track following the shutout loss at Chicago. . . New England will definitely field a more experienced lineup in this match, although coach Fernando Clavijo is still searching for a cohesive mix.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Michael Kennedy; Assistants - Robert Fereday, George Vergara.
San Jose Earthquakes at Miami Fusion, 7:30 p.m.
Television: FOX Bay Area (tape delay, 11 p.m.).
Records: San Jose 1-1, 3 points; Miami 2-1, 6 points.
Season series: First meeting. All-time regular season - San Jose leads 4-1-1 with 15-5 advantage in aggregate goals.
Leading scorers: San Jose - Troy Dayak, Dwayne DeRosario, Ronald Cerritos (all 1-0-2), Miami - Alex Pineda Chacon (3-0-6).
Did you know? In the past two seasons, the Earthquakes have outscored the Fusion 11-3 in four games.
Key players out: San Jose - D Jimmy Conrad (fractured right foot), M Harut Karapetyan (left ankle surgery), D Jeff Agoos (U.S. national team), F Landon Donovan (U.S. national team); Miami - D Carlos Llamosa (U.S. national team), M Preki (U.S. national team)..
Key matchup: San Jose M Richard Mulrooney vs. Miami M Ian Bishop - Both players have been praised for their ball-winning skills in the middle of the field and their ability to distribute passes. With the Earthquakes springing the attack with ease on the road against Los Angeles on opening weekend, possession will be vital for Bishop and the Fusion.
Notes: The Earthquakes, who capitalized on scoring chances in their first match at Los Angeles could not find the mark in their home opener last weekend against Dallas. . . The Fusion have shown a quick transition game in the first matches of the season with the likes of Preki and Chris Henderson rapidly advancing the attack. . . Without forward Diego Serna, serving a one-game suspension, as well as Ian Bishop and Ivan McKinley who did not join the team in Kansas City due to team disciplinary reasons, the Fusion fell 2-1 in Kansas City. . . The Fusion’s Llamosa will miss a second consecutive home game as he is in U.S. training camp along with Preki. . . The Earthquakes also has two teams in national camp: Agoos and Donovan. . . Dwayne DeRosario will leave San Jose after this match to join the Canadian national team. . . Danish midfielder Ronnie Ekelund is trying to have the paperwork in place to start the match at Lockhart Stadium, where he showed his worth during spring training.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Sergio Vega. Assistants - Kermit Quisenberry, Greg Watson.
Kansas City Wizards at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.
Television: Metro Sports.
Records: Kansas City 2-1, 6 points; Columbus 1-0-1, 4 points
Season series: First meeting. All-time regular season: Columbus leads 7-6 with 32-24 advantage in aggregate goals.
Leading scorers: Kansas City - F Chris Brown (2-0-4); Columbus - M John Wilmar Perez (1-1-3).
Did you know? Wizards forward Mo Johnston is the only player to have appeared in all 13 matches in series history.
Key players out: Kansas City - D Peter Vermes (abdominal strain), Roy Lassiter (right hamstring strain), F Gary Glasgow (Trinidad & Tobago national team); Columbus - F Brian McBride (right knee sprain), D Duncan Oughton (left ankle sprain).
Key matchup: Kansas City’s Brown vs. Columbus D Tenywa Bonseu - After shutting down last year's scoring champion Mamadou Diallo last week, 'T-Bone' must shut down Brown who steps in for Lassiter, out for at least three games.
Notes: Columbus is off to its best start in team history. The four points, which all came against Central Division opponents Chicago and Tampa Bay, equal the total points earned in 2000 in its division with a 1-10-1 record. . . The Crew’s Perez, who did not start in the season opener, was also a factor in Tampa, netting one goal and one assist. . . For the first time this season, the Crew has a full week to prepare for this match after playing four games in 11 days with its participation in the CONCACAF Giants Cup. . . The Crew defeated the Wizards 2-0 at Crew Stadium last July 15 for the future champions' only shutout loss on the road all season.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Richard Heron; Assistants - Nate Clement, Craig Lowry.
Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy, 10 p.m.
Television: Fox Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports West.
Records: Colorado 0-1-1, 1 point; Los Angeles 0-2, 0 points.
Season series: First meeting. All-time regular season series - Los Angeles leads 13-7 with 37-21 advantage in aggregate goals).
Leading scorers: Colorado - M John Spencer (1-1-3); Los Angeles - D/F Adam Frye, D Greg Vanney, F Sasha Victorine (all 1-0-2).
Did you know? The last time the Galaxy started the season with a losing streak, it was snapped with a 2-1 victory over Colorado at the Rose Bowl on April 18, 1997 (The Galaxy started the 1997 season 0-3).
Key players out: Colorado - M Wes Hart (left Achilles strain), D Robin Fraser (abdominal strain); Los Angeles - none.
Key matchup: Colorado’s Spencer vs. Los Angeles M Simon Elliott - When these two players clash in the middle of the field, it will be a true last-man-standing matchup as neither will give up on the ball too easily. Spencer has been a key in both the Rapids' goals this season and it could spell trouble for Colorado if he is taken out of the game.
Notes: Saturday's battle at the Rose Bowl features two teams seeking their first wins of the season after two matches. . . Although the Galaxy lost against the Wizards 2-1 last Saturday, coach Sigi Schmid felt his team created dangerous scoring opportunities, but finished poorly. . . Los Angeles did show defensive lapses for the second week in a row, suffering another crippling early goal. . . The Rapids are a team that has shown a formidable attack coupled with a few defensive misgivings. . . Spencer, formerly of England’s Premier League, has threatened the opponent's goal in each of his first two matches. . . Colorado's combination of Junior Agogo and 6-foor-3 Neathan Gibson kept the MetroStars off-balance last weekend.
Scheduled officials: Referee - Reggie Rutty. Assistants - Chris Strickland, David Bragg.