- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 25, 2001

The way things have gone this season for D.C. United, fans and observers have come to expect the unexpected. But yesterday's turn of events might have gone beyond that.
The team announced that starting goalkeeper Mike Ammann will miss the remainder of the season with injuries to both elbows. Ammann, 30, who is suffering from ulnar nerve irritation, will undergo surgery although no date has been set for the procedure.
Ammann's injuries, which have been known for a while, aren't what is strange about United's roster moves. But the decision to bring in a goalkeeper who hasn't played in two years was.
United called up Alex Deegan, supposedly from the Richmond Kickers, United's A-League affiliate. Deegan will be in uniform today when United plays the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium.
However, Deegan remains a bit of mystery because he is not listed on the Kickers' roster. The Kickers team stats list only two goalkeepers, Mike McGinty and Ronnie Pascale, who have appeared in matches this season. In 21 games, McGinty has posted a 15-4-3 record with a 1.03 goals-against-average. Pascale has gone 5-2 in eight games with a 1.22 GAA.
Deegan, 28, will serve as a backup to Mark Simpson, United's No. 2 goalkeeper. With five games left in this disappointing season and their playoff hopes still alive but fading fast, turning to the 34-year-old Simpson may prove valuable for United (6-15-2).
In four games this season, Simpson is 3-1 with a 1.75 GAA with 11 saves in 360 minutes. Ammann had a 3-14-2 record with a 1.97 GAA in 19 games.
Deegan, who played at Davidson College, returned to the Kickers this season after taking almost two years off from professional soccer. He attended graduate school and pursued other employment opportunities during that time. He compiled a 28-12-0 record for the Kickers from 1997 through 1999.
In other injury news, 16-year-old forward Santino Quaranta will sit out of today's match with a pulled right quadriceps. Quaranta suffered the injury in Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the New England Revolution in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.


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