MLS: Team by team notes

D.C. United D.C. United continues to train at RFK Stadium ... A scrimmage against Georgetown University scheduled for Feb. 24 was cancelled after a snowstorm rendered the pitch unplayable ... United resumed workouts Feb. 27 and have a number of scrimmages scheduled against local college teams and the Richmond Kickers during the next several weeks ... United departs for Spring Training on Monday, March 12 ... Forward Jaime Moreno continues to rehabilitate his right knee after having arthroscopic surgery in late January, and is tentatively expected to return to the training pitch at Spring Training ... Missing from camp: Marco Etcheverry (on loan to Oriente Petrolero in Bolivia), Ben Olsen (on loan to Nottingham Forrest), Eddie Pope and Bobby Convey (with U.S. national team), Mark Lisi (finishing college degree), Santino Quaranta (with U.S. U-17s). MetroStars The MetroStars wrapped up their nearly three-week preseason tour of Portugal Feb. 27, with a 2-0 shutout victory over Portuguese power Benfica in Lisbon ... Adolfo Valencia and Alex Comas each scored first-half goals, and goalkeeper Tim Howard saved a penalty kick midway through the second half, to help lift the MetroStars at the Stadium of Lights in Lisbon ... The win lifted the MetroStars' record to 4-0-1 on their preseason tour of Portugal ... The MetroStars departed from Portugal following the match and will resume training stateside March 1 ... MetroStars rookie Rodrigo Faria, the team's first pick (#13 overall) in the 2001 SuperDraft, remains in Brazil to be with his family, and his ailing father ... Fellow 2001 SuperDraft selections Martin Klinger, Kerwin Jemmott, O'Neil Peart and Russell Payne all saw significant action in Portugal ... Clint Mathis and newly-acquired Richie Williams are with the U.S. national team ... Midfielder Billy Walsh is recovering from right foot surgery and is expected to be ready to return to play when MLS Spring Training begins March 10 .... Newly acquired goalkeeper Paul Grafer is expected to join the MetroStars for training in New Jersey ... The MetroStars will host world soccer power Bayern Munich in an international friendly at Giants Stadium on Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET. Miami Fusion The Miami Fusion have a pair of scrimmages scheduled with the Chicago Fire in a rematch of the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final ... The two teams will square off on Feb. 28 and March 4 (sites and times TBD) ... Three Fusion players are currently in training with their respective national teams for World Cup qualifiers Feb. 28 ... Defender Tyrone Marshall and forward Andy Williams have rejoined the Jamaica national team as they host Trinidad & Tobago ... Defender Carlos Llamosa joined the U.S. national team for its match vs. Mexico ... Forward Ali Ngon, the Fusion's first pick (18th overall) in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft, netted two goals to lead the under-20 Canadian national team to a 3-3 tie with the University of Washington in a scrimmage earlier this week ... 2000 Honda MVP Jim Rooney (right ankle sprain) and defender Leo Cullen (torn right MCL) continue to recover from their injuries ... The Fusion will participate in the "Miami Friendship Classic" -- a doubleheader being staged by the organizers of the El Nuevo Herald Copa Latina Tournament on March 11, at Hialeah's Ted Hendricks Stadium ... The 5 p.m. match will feature the Fusion against the Copa Latina All-Stars, followed by a 7 p.m. battle between the United States under-20 national team and Selection Haiti ... Fusion 18-year-old midfielder Kyle Beckerman is a current member of the Under-20 squad ... Fusion midfielder Henry Gutierrez attended Hialeah Miami Lakes High School and will make a return to Ted Hendricks Stadium where he played as a student. New England Revolution The New England Revolution will battle William Sunsing's current club team, Sport Herediano at Heredia Stadium on Feb. 27 ... The match is the last game of the team's 21-day tour in Costa Rica as the Revs head back to New England on Feb. 28 ... The Revolution have several new faces in training camp as Brazilian striker Jackson, along with Uruguayan goalkeeper Leo Perkovick and Honduran Olympic team member Luis Rodriguez joined the Revs for a try-out period beginning Feb. 24 ... Jackson has seen action for International clubs such as Flamengo (Brazil) and Alianza Lima (Peru) ... Goalkeeper Perkovick was also part of Alianza Lima last season, but considers playing for Fluminense (Brazil) the highlight of his career due to the quality of the Brazilian game ... As a goalkeeper for Fluminense, Perkovick faced world class strikers such as Romario, Bebeto and Indio. Luis Rodriguez comes from Real Espa±a (Honduras,) where he has played the past two seasons ... Rodriguez was part of the Honduras Olympic team that knocked out Mexico in the qualifying round at Hershey Stadium in an emotional match decided by penalty kicks ... Defender Rusty Pierce continues to rest his hamstring injury in New England while defender Ted Chronopolous is healing well from off-season knee surgery ... Both will rejoin the team in Charleston, S.C., where the Revolution face the Charleston Battery of the A-League in a friendly on March 9 ... The Revs leave for Spring Training March 10 ... Defender Brian Dunseth returned home from Costa Rica Feb. 26 for dental surgery ... UCLA midfielder Shaun Tsakiris, one of the Revolution's fifth round draft choices, has not reported to the team ... Tsakiris is continuing classes at UCLA and is expected to join the team at Spring Training in Florida. Chicago Fire Chicago Fire defensive midfielder Chris Armas, goalkeeper Zach Thornton, and forward Josh Wolff are with the U.S. national team ... Fire speedster DaMarcus Beasley suffered a strained right quadriceps at the U.S. national team training camp this week and will miss the Mexico game ... Beasley arrived in Ft. Lauderdale to begin rehabilitation with Fire athletic trainer Rich Monis and is listed as week-to-week ... Midfielder Sergi Daniv suffered a cartilage tear in his left ankle last week during training ... Daniv suffered a sprain and chip fracture to the same ankle, while playing with his former team the Dallas Burn last season ... The midfielder is listed as week-to-week and is still undergoing low impact rehabilitation ... Dema Kovalenko continues to rehab a torn left hamstring muscle tendon ... According to Monis, Kovalenko has commenced running and says that the midfielder should be working with the ball by the end of the week ... The Chicago Fire has scheduled two games against the Miami Fusion this week ... The first will be on Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Lynn University in Boca Raton, while the second will take place on March 4 ... The game will mark the first meeting between the two sides since the Fire's 2-1 victory over the Fusion in the 2000 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final at Soldier Field on Oct. 21, 2000. Columbus Crew The Crew arrived back in Columbus early Feb. 26, after spending 12 days training in Germany ... Columbus finished the exhibition tour with a 2-3 record and registered a 3-0 victory over the Franconia All-Stars Feb. 24 ... The team's return trip was delayed as their flight from Chicago was cancelled and the Crew were forced to charter a four-hour bus ride back from the Windy City ... The team had two days off to recover, and will resume training on Feb. 28, before heading to Spring Training in Florida on March 12 ... Columbus Crew Stadium takes center stage on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., when the United States will take on the Mexican national team in final round World Cup qualifying ... Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s and snow flurries are expected ... The game is sold out with a crowd of over 24,000 expected to be in attendance ... Crew forward Brian McBride is back in Columbus for a brief stay -- for the U.S.-Mexico match -- after which he'll return to Preston North End in England before rejoining the Crew next month. Dallas Burn The Dallas Burn, currently entering their second week of preseason training in Mexico, have two games scheduled this week before returning to Dallas on March 1 ... Dallas is 2-2 thus far in games in Mexico, defeating Tapatio and San Jose while falling to the U-20 Mexican national team and losing, 3-1, to Bachilleres (AtlasÆ reserve team) at Villa Primavera ... On Feb. 28, Dallas will face its toughest test thus far when they face the Tecos first team ... Former Burn midfielder Brian Haynes, who is in Mexico with the team, will continue to file a daily training camp report this week. His report can be found daily at ... Forward Ariel Graziani has a groin strain, but is expected to play in matches this week ... Midfielder Antonio Martinez has a right ankle sprain and will be out of action for approximately two weeks ... Defender Jorge Rodriguez has a MCL sprain in his right knee, but is expected to play in this week's matches ... In a final tune-up prior to opening day, the Burn has announced that they will play the Richmond Kickers of the A-League on Sunday, April 1 at 4 p.m. at the University of Richmond City Stadium ... The exhibition will mark the Burn's first-ever meeting against the Kickers ... The team will report for Spring Training in Ft. Lauderdale on March 12. Tampa Bay Mutiny The Tampa Bay Mutiny closed out its five-day, two-game tour of Colombia with an 0-1-1 mark ... Tampa Bay was tied by First Division squad Millonarios, the former club of Carlos Valderrama, 2-2 on Feb. 22 in Bogota, then lost 3-0 to Second Division side Soacha F.C. in Soacha Feb. 25 ... Valderrama registered an assist to Steve Ralston on the score that tied the Millionarios match at one, while guest player Gus Kartes scored from Chad McCarty to put the Mutiny ahead in the second half before Millonarios tied the score ... Valderrama played the second half of that match with Millonarios, and was greeted by enthusiastic cheers every time he touched the ball ... The Mutiny will play two exhibitions this week, March 1 at 7 p.m. (ET) against the University of Tampa at Pepin-Rood Stadium and on March 3 against the U.S. U-17 national team ... Midfielder Eric Quill, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle last week, will have his stitches removed March 2, and is set to begin running the following day. ... Josh Keller, who underwent adductor surgery in January, is back at full speed and could see his first action of the preseason in either of the two games this week ... Kevin Anderson, who also underwent adductor surgery in late December, a procedure more intense than Keller's, is progressing well and is two weeks out from beginning ball drills ... Chris Houser missed the Colombia trip due to a hip flexor, and is listed as day-to-day as training resumes this week ... Mamadou Diallo, "Big Mama," is close to becoming "Big Daddy" any day; his wife, Fatou, is due with the couple's first child. Colorado Rapids The Colorado Rapids, currently in Portugal for a two week preseason training stint, lost to Sporting Lisbon, 1-0, Feb. 27 ... Colorado will face Estoril Feb. 28 and Orientale on March 1 before returning to Denver March 2 ... The Rapids recently signed two Discovery Players, John Spencer, a Scottish forward/midfielder and South African forward Neathan Gibson ... The 30-year-old Spencer is currently playing with Motherwell of the Scottish First Division ... He scored 13 goals for Motherwell in 32 appearances last season and has two goals in 17 games for the Fir Park side this season ... He has spent the last three seasons at Motherwell after transferring from Everton in January of 1999 ... Gibson most recently played with MyPa 47 of the Finnish League ... Rapids' defender Keyeno Thomas underwent successful surgery to repair his broken left wrist (radius) and extensive damage to his hand Feb. 23 ... Thomas injured his wrist and hand when he fell after firing an off-balance shot in the Rapids first game of the Portugal road tour against Benfica ... He is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks Kansas City Wizards The Kansas City Wizards are 12 days into their 16-day trip to Portugal for pre-season games and training ... The weather has been good (mid-50's and mild), the food is healthy and the playing fields are excellent ... The Wizards continue to train twice a day and are 2-0-1 with two exhibition games remaining ... Kansas City will face two top-notch opponents in the next three days ... On Feb. 28 the Wizards will play F.C. Belenenses (mixture of A and B teams), who are currently in 6th place in the Portuguese Premier League ... On March 1, Kansas City will go against Benfica, who are currently in 2nd place ... The team will fly back to Kansas City on March 2 . Los Angeles Galaxy The Los Angeles Galaxy returned to the U.S. after competing a 10-day international tour of Asia in which the Galaxy played three exhibition matches and posted a 1-2 record ... The Galaxy began the trip in top form defeating the Chinese national team, 3-1, in Yuxi, China on Feb. 21 ... In the club's second match against Tokyo Verdy 1969, Los Angeles was defeated, 3-2, with a starting lineup made up of four rookies, five reserves and two regular starters ... A longer international trip has never seen as many miles (40,000) or hotels (5) covered by a team as the Galaxy's 10-day trip to China and Japan ... Despite an initial 16-hour flight to Asia, once there the Galaxy made a 4-hour hop from Tokyo to Hong Kong ... The next day the club flew to Guangzhou and then took one-and-a-half-hour flight to Kun Ming City, where the team had a one-and-a-half-hour bus ride to Yuxi, Chin on Feb. 19. On the Feb. 20, the Galaxy trained at Yuxi Stadium ... On Feb. 21, the Galaxy defeated China, 3-1, then took an one-and-a-half-hour bus ride to Kun Ming City for a flight to Guangzhou, where the Galaxy arrived at 1 a.m. ... After breakfast at 6 a.m. on Feb. 22, the Galaxy took a 2-hour flight to Hong Kong and after a 2-hour lay over flew four hours to Tokyo arriving at the hotel at 6 p.m. ... On Feb. 23, Los Angeles played Tokyo Verdy ... The next morning the club took a 3-hour bus ride to a new hotel in Urawa, Japan. Feb. 25 the Galaxy played the Urawa Red Diamonds ... The Galaxy left Monday afternoon in Japan only to arrive Monday morning in Los Angeles ... The Galaxy's latest additions, Brian Mullan, Isaias Bardales Jr., Alex Bengard and Brian Ching all made their first appearances for the Galaxy in a professional match against quality international teams ... The club's No. 1 SuperDraft pick Mullan played in all three exhibition matches, including making two starts and recording two goals and one assist with his first goal against China and an assist versus Verdy ... A native of Hawaii, Ching scored his first goal for the club in his first-ever start against Verdy, beating the goalkeeper one-v-one ... Project-40 member Bardales, who is fondly known as "Chi" by the players, made his first appearance with the Galaxy against Verdy, while Bengard, who was the only local player drafted by the Galaxy from Cal-State Dominguez Hills, also made his first appearance against Verdy playing defense in the first half and defensive midfield in the second half. San Jose Earthquakes The San Jose Earthquakes will play the final match of their Mexico training camp on Feb. 27, vs. Club Atlas of the Mexican First Division ... Their spring training record is 1-1-1 with a 1-0 victory over Club Atlas Bachilleres (AtlasÆ reserve team), a 1-1 tie with the Mexican U-20 national team, and a 4-3 loss to the Dallas Burn ... New Earthquakes Dwayne DeRosario and Corey Woolfolk each have two goals apiece, and Project-40 player Scott Bower has one goal ... Defender Jimmy Conrad is day-to-day with a toe injury ... Defender Jamie Clark and midfielder Wojtek Krakowiak are both recovering from surgery to repair athletic hernias ... Goalkeeper Jon Conway is recovering from MCL surgery ... Mike Burns is in contract negotiations and has not reported to camp ... Jeff Agoos is with the U.S. national team ... The team will report to Spring Training in Florida on March 12.
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