Q&A with the SA Editors: April 30, 2001

Robert Brewer of Fort Worth, Texas asks: Will Roy Lassiter ever be on the U.S. national team again? Mike Woitalla: DonÆt bet on it. Lassiter made his 30th appearance for the USA in January 2000, playing only 34 minutes, and hasn't played for Coach Bruce Arena since. The 31-year-old is MLSÆs all-time leading scorer, with 82 strikes, but he hasnÆt been in good form for a long time. He scored only eight goals last season in Miami and is trying to rejuvenate his career in Kansas City, where heÆs scored one goal this year. But even if Lassiter regains his scoring touch, considering his age and the impressive corps of young attacking players that Arena has to choose from, itÆs unlikely that heÆll return to national team. ArenaÆs choices at forward include Josh Wolff, Clint Mathis, Ante Razov, Joe-Max Moore, Brian McBride and Landon Donovan. Heck, Arena has even given Chris Albright playing time this year. The national team would have to be hit by an injury plague and Lassiter would have to be knocking goals in at his old rate -- an average of 18 goals per season during his first four MLS years -- for him to get a call from Arena. (If you have a question for a Soccer America Magazine editor, click "Ask Our Editorsö at the top of the home page.")
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