- The Washington Times - Friday, July 13, 2001

D.C. United is tied for the second-fewest points in Major League Soccer, but the fans didn't seem to notice.
United, the Dallas Burn and the Eastern Division-leading Miami Fusion each had four starters chosen by fans for the league's sixth annual All-Star Game on July 28 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
United midfielders Ben Olsen, Bobby Convey and Marco Etcheverry and defender Eddie Pope were selected to start for the East squad, but only Etcheverry and Pope will play.
Convey, who at 18 would have been the youngest All-Star starter in league history, is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia today. Olsen has not played in an MLS match this season because of ankle injuries.
Etcheverry, who is not having one of his better seasons, is one of five players in the league who will start his sixth consecutive All-Star Game. This is the fifth consecutive appearance for Pope, who was the second-highest vote-getter with 26,886 and tops among East defenders.
San Jose Earthquakes defender Jeff Agoos, a former United star, led fan balloting with 34,711 votes. Miami's Carlos Llamosa, another ex-United defender, also was voted a starter for the East.
Besides Etcheverry, six-time All-Star starters include Agoos, Columbus Crew forward Brian McBride, Miami Fusion midfielder Preki, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Mauricio Cienfuegos and Colorado Rapids defender Marcelo Balboa.
Reserves and replacements for injured starters will be announced July 24.
Notes United's quarterfinal match in the U.S. Open Cup will be against the A-League's Richmond Kickers one of United's affiliates on July 24 at RFK Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m… .
U.S. Soccer announced that group tickets will go on sale Monday for the U.S. men's team's Sept. 1 World Cup qualifier against Honduras at RFK. Individual seats will be made available Aug. 1. The game will be part of a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m., followed by a match between United and the Tampa Bay Mutiny at 12:30 p.m.

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