- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 24, 2002

D.C. United has played shorthanded before, but this is ridiculous.
United will be without playmaker Marco Etcheverry and defender Ivan McKinley for tonight's match against the Columbus Crew because of yellow-card accumulation. Defender Eddie Pope (knee) and forward Santino Quaranta (groin) are out because of injuries and won't return until after the All-Star break.
When United (6-9-2) takes on the Crew (6-8-4) at Columbus Crew Stadium, it will be without four starters.
After getting its first road point of the season in Saturday's scoreless draw against the Chicago Fire, United appears unable to gather any momentum to move out of the bottom of Major League Soccer's standings.
"Losing Etcheverry and McKinley is like taking one step forward and then two steps back," United coach Ray Hudson said. "I would have liked to roll into our next game with the same team."
Even if Pope plays in the remaining 10 games after tonight, United's World Cup star will have appeared in the fewest games (17) of his seven-year United career. Pope played in 18 matches his first season (1996) with United.
"It's turned into a saga now," Hudson said of Pope's injury.
Pope injured his left knee during last month's World Cup and has been experiencing tendinitis ever since.
Newly signed 19-year-old Salvadoran striker Eliseo Quintanilla is with the club for tonight's game, but will not play because he has not received his work visa. Team officials are hoping Quintanilla will get his visa sometime today and be available for Saturday's game against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium.
Seldom-used midfielder Bryan Namoff will make just his second start of the season at left back for McKinley. Hudson said Monday that he was undecided on his central midfielder with Etcheverry out. It's a two-name list. Either Jose "Chino" Alegria or Petter Villegas will run United's attack, and whichever one doesn't play centrally, will play on the right flank.
Note Etcheverry was added to MLS All-Star team as a commissioner's pick yesterday for the game against the U.S. national team All-Stars on Aug.3 at RFK Stadium. Etcheverry and Pope, who will play with the U.S. national team, are United's only representatives in the match.

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