U.S. national team notes (May 30)
U.S. World Cup team Head Coach Steve Sampson's decision on who to start at forward did not become any clearer today, as the U.S. failed to score for the second time in its last three exhibition matches. Though the U.S. created a number of scoring chances in its 0-0 tie against Scotland, they failed to convert any of them.
"I would be more concerned if we weren't creating chances, but we are," Sampson said. "It's a matter of each individual being more composed and more precise in front of the goal."
Sampson said he was pleased with the performance of veteran forward Roy Wegerle of the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who started for the second straight game. Wegerle had one of the best scoring chances of the game when, in the first half, he ball bounced off a Scotland defender and landed at his feet. Wegerle's shot struck the underside of the crossbar.
Eric Wynalda created a scoring chance for himself midway through the second half. He dribbled around a Scotland defender and, while moving to his right, Wynalda drove a shot with his left foot just wide of the far post.
The 100 Cap Club
When Wynalda entered the game in the 61st minute, he became just the fourth U.S. soccer player to reach the mark of 100 international appearances. Wynalda, the all-time leading scorer for U.S. soccer, made his first international appearance in 1990. The only U.S. players with more caps are Marcelo Balboa, of the Colorado Rapids, and Cobi Jones, of the Los Angeles Galaxy. who have 126 and 107 caps, respectively.
"It's just another game," Wynalda said of the milestone.
Midfielders Claudio Reyna and Brian Maisonneuve were scratched from the lineup at the last minute due to minor injuries. Reyna has a slight groin pull and Maisonneuve has a bruised right foot. Maisonneuve's foot has been bothering him since he injured it training in Portland for the Kuwait game. He said that while warming up before today's game, the pain in his foot increased and prevented him from cutting or turning.
Maisonneuve said he will rest his foot for a few days and expects to practice with the team later this week.
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