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Denton, Winters called in to replaced injured.

(Sunday, April 16, 2000) -- Defender Eric Denton of Major League Soccer’s D.C. United and midfielder Brian Winters of the A League’s Minnesota Thunder were called in to the United States under-23 men’s team after a rash on injuries hit the Americans preparing for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament that starts Friday in Hershey, Pa.

Injuries to midfielders Joey DiGiamarino (Colorado Rapids) and Sasha Victorine (Los Angeles Galaxy) required two of the team’s seven alternates be activated to fill he 18-player roster that will try to advance to the Summer Games in Sydney, Australia, in September.

DiGamarino, who has had nagging groin injury, and Victorine, who suffered a similar groin injury in an MLS match on April 8, returned home yesterday.

Denton, a graduate of Santa Clara University, who normally plays left back, could appear as a sub on the back line or in left midfield. Winters, who played for U-23 coach Clive Charles at the University of Portland, will likely assume his natural central or the defensive midfielder position coming off the bench.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Adin Brown, 21 years-old (hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif., club: Colorado Rapids), Tim Howard, 21 (New Brunswick, N.J., MetroStars).

Defenders: Danny Califf 20 (Orange, Calif., Los Angeles Galaxy), Eric Denton, 22 (Manteca, Calif., D.C. United), Steve Cherundolo, 21 (San Diego, Hannover 96, in Germany), Ramiro Corrales, 21 (Salinas, Calif., MetroStars), Brian Dunseth, 23 (Upland, Calif., New England Revolution), Chad McCarty, 22 (Clovis, Calif., Tampa Bay Mutiny).

Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley, 17 (Fort Wayne, Ind., Chicago Fire),John O’Brien, 22 (Playa del Rey, Calif., Ajax of the Netherlands), Ben Olsen, 22 (Middletown, Pa., D.C. United), John Thorrington, 20 (Palos Verdes, Calif., Bayer Leverkusen in Germany), Peter Vagenas, 22 (Pasadena, Calif, Los Angeles Galaxy), M Brian Winters, 22 (Tacoma, Wash., Minnesota Thunder).

Forwards: Chris Albright, 21 (Philadelphia, D.C. United), Casey Conor, 18 (Denver, University of Portland), Landon Donovan 18 (Redlands, Calif., Bayer Leverkusen in Germany), Josh Wolff, 23 (Stone Mountain, Ga., Chicago Fire.

Alternates: F Chris Brown, 23 (Portland, Ore., Kansas City Wizards), D Matt Chulis, 22 (Central Islip, N.Y., Columbus Crew), D Carlos Parra, 23 (West Haven, Conn., New England Revolution), G Andy Kirk, 22 (Milwaukee, Tampa Bay Mutiny), D Evan Whitfield, 22 (Glendale, Ariz., Chicago Fire).

Injured: M Joey DiGiamarino, 23 (Corona, Calif, Colorado Rapids), M Sasha Victorine, 22 (Carmichael, Calif., Los Angeles Galaxy)

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