McKeon replaces hurt Armas on roster for Confederations Cup.GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Thursday, July 22, 1999) -- For the second time in six days the United States has been forced into making an injury substitution to its Confederations Cup roster, today adding midfielder Matt McKeon for the injured Chris Armas.
The 6-foot-2 McKeon, who trained with the U.S. earlier this year in Orlando, will remain in Denver this weekend and will be available for the Colorado Rapids' Major League Soccer match on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He will join the U.S. team on Monday. McKeon has never appeared for the national team in a full-international match.
Armas, who has played in the last seven U.S. matches and has developed into a valuable defensive midfielder, suffered a grade-one sprain to the medial collateral ligament of his left knee during a scrimmage on Tuesday. He left the U.S. camp this evening and will continue his rehabilitation with his Chicago Fire club.
The U.S. opens Confederations Cup Group B play Saturday against New Zealand (3:30 p.m. ET), and also plays Brazil on next Wednesday (9:30 p.m) and reigning European champion Germany on July 30 (7 p.m.). All three matches will be played at the Jalisco Stadium in Guadalajara.
The matches in Group A, which include Mexico, Egypt, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia, will take place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The top two teams in each group advance to the semifinals.