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U.S. Abroad: Vanney reaches French Cup final with Bastia
March 31st, 2002 12AM
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U.S. defender Greg Vanney will be going to the French Cup final thanks to his teamGs 1-0 win at home over Sedan in the semifinal March 30. Vanney played the whole game at left back on BastiaGs four-man defensive line. Bastia won on a Tony Vairelles goal in the 93rd minute in front of 11,460 fans. Bastia has won the French Cup once, in 1981 on a 2-1 win over St. Etienne, which featured Michel Platini. Vanney joined Bastia on loan, becoming the first American-born player to play for a French First Division squad, in January from the Los Angeles Galaxy. Vanney was named to the U.S. roster for Wednesday's game against Mexico in Denver. It will mark his first return to the U.S. squad since leaving the pre-Gold Cup camp to join Bastia. Bastia has since purchased his rights from MLS.

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