- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 3, 2001

Former German World Cup forward Juergen Klinsmann and English defender Des Walker will be star attractions in the return leg of the Unity Games at RFK Stadium tonight. The charity doubleheader features the Washington Freedom against the New York Power at 5, followed by D.C. United against the New York/New Jersey MetroStars at 7:30.
All proceeds from the games will go to the victims and families of the terrorist attacks September 11.
Klinsmann, one of Germany's greatest players, will suit up for United as a guest performer, while Walker, one of the world's best defenders in his prime, will play for the MetroStars.
American star Mia Hamm will lead the Freedom against the Power, which is spearheaded by Tiffeny Milbrett, the top female player in America in 2001.
In a rematch of last Sunday's games at Giants Stadium, the Freedom will look to avenge their 3-2 loss to the Power, while United and the MetroStars will replay their 2-2 draw.
Klinsmann, 37, retired from the game two years ago after an illustrious career with numerous clubs, including Bayern Munich (Germany), Inter Milan (Italy) and Tottenham Hotspur (England). He helped Germany win the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996.
Married to an American, Klinsmann lives in California, where he is a soccer consultant with the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which runs four Major League Soccer teams, including United.
The German striker will join other guest players on the United roster: former United captain John Harkes (Columbus), Jeff Agoos (San Jose), Carlos Llamosa (Miami), Alex Pineda Chacon (Miami) and Jorge Rodriguez (Dallas).
Walker, 35, played for English clubs Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday, plus Sampdoria in Italy. He played for the English national team 59 times and now plays for English minor league team Burton Albion.
Klinsmann and Walker last played at RFK in the U.S. Cup in June 1993. Klinsmann scored a last-minute goal as Germany tied Brazil 3-3, while Walker helped England tie Brazil 1-1 three days later before 54,118.
United will be missing Jaime Moreno (knee), Marco Etcheverry (toe), Ben Olsen (ankle), Scott Vermillion (ankle), Bobby Convey (foot), Mike Ammann (elbow) and Brian Namoff, who is home finishing his degree. American defender Eddie Pope will play.
Former United midfielder Richie Williams, now a starter with the MetroStars, will play a half each for United and the MetroStars.
United general manager Kevin Payne said more than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the games.
Said Payne: "With the support of great players from around the world, we plan to honor the victims of the tragedies with a tremendous event."

Games notes Before the start of today's game, the Freedom and United will play host to a blood drive in Lot 4 at RFK from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Hyundai Elantra will be raffled off at halftime. Tickets are $5, and all proceeds will go to the relief efforts.

Americans overseas American captain Claudio Reyna dedicated his two goals in the Glasgow Rangers' 2-0 victory at Livingston last week to the victims of the September 11 attacks.
After his first goal in the Scottish Premier League game, the New Jersey native lifted his shirt to reveal a New York Fire Department T-shirt. Said Reyna: "I've had the shirt on for three games, so the pressure was on to get on the score sheet."
Frustrated at playing in the reserves, American winger Eddie Lewis got the go-ahead this week from his club, Fulham, to be loaned out to another team.
Lewis is desperate to revive his career and get back on the U.S. national team. Lewis hopes to follow his former American teammate with the London club, goalie Marcus Hahnemann, who was loaned to third division Rochdale.

Soccer terrorist Former professional player Nizar Trabelsi, was arrested in Belgium on Sept. 13 as a suspect in a planned terror attack on the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Trabelsi, a Tunisian, is also suspected of meeting Mohammed Atta, one of the hijackers involved in the September 11 attacks.
Trabelsi's soccer career looked bright in 1989. He played for top Belgium club Standard Liege and later German team Fortuna Dusseldorf before he fell in with drug traffickers and Islamic militants. An arrested Algerian militant told French police that Trabelsi was to enter the French Embassy with explosives strapped to his body.

Cornerkicks - Soccer giants Manchester United and Bayern Munich, were placed in the same group yesterday for the second phase of the Champions League. Munich ousted United in last year's quarterfinals en route to its fourth title. In the 1999 final, United beat Munich 2-1 on two injury-time goals. …
Iran defeated United Arab Emirates 3-0 Wednesday to advance to a final playoff for a spot in next year's World Cup. The Asian entrant now will play Ireland for a berth in the tournament. The first game is in Dublin on Nov. 10, with the return leg five days later. …
New cancellation insurance was secured for the 2002 World Cup after the previous insurer withdrew because of the threat of possible terrorist attacks.


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