Two Changes in U.S. Soccer Roster
CHICAGO (AP) _ A day after picking his roster for World Cup qualifiers this month, U.S. coach Bruce Arena made two changes Thursday because of injuries.
Midfielder Ben Olsen and defender Jeff Agoos, both on D.C. United of Major League Soccer, were dropped from the team. Agoos will be out 2-6 weeks following surgery on his right knee last Friday, while Olsen has been bothered by a sprained left ankle.
New York-New Jersey MetroStars midfielder Clint Mathis and Los Angeles defender Greg Vanney were added to the roster as replacements.
Mathis hasn’t been with the national team since March 1999, while Vanney has played three games for the Americans this year and seven in his career.
The Americans start training Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for their first two games in qualifying for the 2002 tournament _ at Guatemala on July 16 and at Costa Rica on July 23.
After that, the Americans open at home against Barbados on Aug. 16 in Foxboro, Mass.
The top two teams in the group advance to next year’s six-nation regional finals, which will produce three qualifiers for the 2002 tournament.