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D.C. United To Play Honduran Club

September 1, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Defending champion D.C. United will open against Olimpia of Honduras in the eight-nation CONCACAF Champions Cup this month in Las Vegas.

In other games, it’s Major League Soccer champion Chicago Fire vs. Joe Public of Trinidad; Toluca of Mexico vs. Alajuelense of Costa Rica; and Necaxa of Mexico vs. Saprisa of Costa Rica.

The tournament opens Sept. 28, with the semifinals Oct. 1 and the final Oct. 3.

The winning team qualifies for the inaugural FIFA World Club Championship in Brazil in January.

D.C. United appeared to get the worst of the first-round draw. Olimpia won the Central American qualifying phase, winning six of its nine matches and outscoring its opponents 19-6.

The last two years the tournament was held at Washington’s RFK Stadium, home of D.C. United.

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