- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

D.C. United will not make any roster moves until forward Jaime Moreno returns to action.
Moreno, who has not played this season after undergoing knee surgery, lightly trained with the team all week. United coach Ray Hudson said he may have Moreno in uniform on United's bench for tonight's game against the Kansas City Wizards (1-0-1) at RFK Stadium.
United (1-3) has brought in five players for tryouts recently, but the club is reluctant to sign any player if Moreno, its all-time leader in goals (66) and points (180), will return soon. There is no official timetable on Moreno's return, but it could be within three weeks.
"Hey, if Jaime is going to be coming back soon, maybe we don't need another forward," Hudson said. "These things change from day to day. What we've been trying to do is bring players in and get our ducks in a row. Jaime is the key. Depending on what his reaction is, how he looks, how he reacts when he comes into the team, we'll respond accordingly."
United has scored just four goals in four games, but Hudson said all the blame can't be put on the forward line because the midfielders haven't created many quality scoring chances.
"The coach hasn't called me and Santino [Quaranta] into his office and said, 'Hey, you guys aren't doing enough up front,'" forward Abdul Thompson Conteh said. "This team is more defensive oriented going forward. The only thing I know we haven't done well is create a lot of chances. I think I've had three chances on goal, maybe two. I don't put a lot of pressure on myself because I haven't missed some open goals."
So far, there is not a multiple goal scorer on the team. Conteh, Quaranta, reserve forward Ali Curtis and playmaker Marco Etcheverry have one goal apiece. The Wizards pose a difficult problem because they are sound defensively just four shots on goal allowed in two games and play with two hard-nosed defensive midfielders in Kerry Zavagnin and Matt McKeon.
Making matters worse for United, right back Milton Reyes, who loves to go forward and help in the attack, must sit this one out because of a red card in a 2-1 loss at the Dallas Burn on April 6. Hudson said he will probably go with a 3-5-2 formation with Brandon Prideaux, Eddie Pope and Ivan McKinley manning the back.
"It's going to be tough to crack Kansas City," Hudson said. "It's going to have to be a complete performance from the back, especially midfield, because they keep possession of the ball pretty nicely. They're looking to get a goal and close up shop. We need to jump ahead and crack the ice early."
Notes United signed rookie forward Dennis Ludwig to a developmental contract. Ludwig was United's fourth-round selection (40th overall), out of Rutgers, in February's draft. United loaned Ludwig to the Carolina Dynamo, United's Division III affiliate, for the season, and he will be available on a call-up basis.
According to a Soccer America report, defenseman Eddie Pope will be the only member of United to make the final 23-man U.S. roster for the 2002 World Cup. Midfielder Richie Williams is expected to be named an alternate when coach Bruce Arena announces his selections Monday.

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