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Stewart called in for match with Argentina.

By Robert Wagman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Saturday, May 29, 1999) -- Ernie Stewart has been called into the United States national team for the June 13 match against Argentina at RFK Stadium here.

"We'll have him in camp and available against Argentina," U.S. coach Bruce Arena confirmed tonight. Arena had already named 20 players for the game.

Stewart, who plays in the Dutch First Division for NAC Breda, was left off the preliminary call-up list because of the possibility his team would be involved in a playoff to prevent relegation. This has not been a great year for NAC, but the club was undefeated over its final five matches -- winning one and drawing four -- and there was hope it could climb into a tie for 16th place and a playoff to avoid relegation.

The season ending flurry, however, did not prevent NAC from finishing last in the Honor Division, and it will play next season in the second division.

This also was not the best of seasons for Stewart who was injured off and on during the year. But he returned to form late in the year and scored the tying goal in NAC's season-ending 2-2 draw with Ajax. He ended the season with six goals. He has now scored 85 goals in 11 seasons as a professional.

Stewart had been rumored heading back to the U.S. and MLS, but he signed a new four-year contract with NAC as the club is spending liberally to insure its stay in the second division will be a short one.

The roster for Argentina:

Goalkeepers: Brad Friedel (Liverpool, England), Kasey Keller (Leicester City, England).

Defenders: Jeff Agoos (D.C. United, MLS), Gregg Berhalter (Cambuur Leeuwarden, the Netherlands), C.J. Bown (Chicago Fire, MLS), Mike Burns (New England Revolution, MLS), Robin Fraser (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Carlos Llamosa (D.C. United, MLS), David Regis (Valenciennes, France).

Midfielders: Chris Armas (Chicago Fire, MLS), Cobi Jones (Los Angeles Galaxy, MLS), Eddie Lewis (San Jose Clash, MLS). Claudio Reyna (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Ernie Stewart (NAC Breda, the Netherlands), Richie Williams (D.C. United, MLS).

Forwards: Chris Albright (University of Virginia), Landon Donovan (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Jovan Kirovski (Fortuna Cologne, Germany), Roy Lassiter (D.C. United, MLS). Joe-Max Moore (New England Revolution, MLS).

Robert Wagman is a regular contributor to SoccerTimes and can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com.

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