- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 2, 2002

Finally, D.C. United's forgettable season is over. So what now for its players? Get out of town as quickly as possible, that's what.
Midfielder Marco Etcheverry escaped to Las Vegas this week with his family. He says he will start running in a few days, following his recent knee surgery.
Forward Roy Lassiter is off to Costa Rica to train with his old club Alajuela. Lassiter, 33, began his professional career with Alajuela in the 1994-1995 season, scoring 17 goals in 43 games.
"I've got to keep going I can't stop," said Lassiter, Major League Soccer's all-time leading goal scorer with 88.
Midfielder Richie Williams also is heading to Costa Rica, but not for soccer. After helping out American University's men's team this month, Williams will travel to the Central American nation in December with his Costa Rican wife, for their daughter's baptism.
Petter Villegas, who had two goals and four assists this season in the United midfield, is unlikely to return to the team. Villegas is set to train with Emlec, a major team in his homeland of Ecuador. He wants MLS to loan him to Emlec for a year in hopes of catching the eye of Ecuador's national team coach.
Goalie Nick Rimando and midfielder Ben Olsen will train with the U.S. national team in the next few weeks as it prepares for an exhibition game against El Salvador at RFK Stadium on Nov.17. Rimando's backup, Mick McGinty, is going home to Charlottesville, where he is assistant coach with Virginia's men's team.
Midfielder Lazo Alavanja is going home to Chicago. Forward Ali Curtis is talking to his agent and United officials about training with an overseas club so he can be "reloaded and ready" to go next season.
United's crop of youngsters Justin Mapp, Bobby Convey and Santino Quaranta have been called up for the under-20 national team's CONCACAF qualifying games in Charleston, S.C. beginning Nov.13. Once that's over, Mapp will join a Project-40 six-game tour of Germany in Holland and then hopes to train with a European team, as do Convey and Quaranta.
Forward Jaime Moreno is one of the few players not leaving town because he has a new baby. Moreno says he will be busy working in the gym and playing soccer on weekends to keep fit.
Defender Ivan McKinley is going home to Florida, and Eddie Pope, who had surgery on his knee this week, will visit his roots in North Carolina.
Hudson shopping According to Scotland's Sunday Mail, D.C. United coach Ray Hudson is interested in a number of aging Glasgow Rangers players. On his recent trip to Britain, Hudson is reported to have scouted the Rangers' Dutch duo of Ronald de Boer and Arthur Numan, as well as Scottish star Billy Dodds and Argentine veteran Claudio Caniggia. All four are likely to be leaving the Rangers at the end of the season.
"Billy Dodds is a player I admire he has lots of attitude and plays with great gusto," Hudson told the newspaper. "Scottish guys have a good name and are well respected in high places in the MLS. Maurice Johnston, John Spencer and Richard Gough all did well [playing in MLS] and were a credit to your country, and I think Dodds would be as well."
Dodds, now 34, joined the Rangers from Dundee United in 1999 as a star striker but is now resigned to the bench. Caniggia, 35, is nearing the end of a successful and controversial career. All four players could be out of United's budget range.
"If we are going to pursue any of the Rangers' lads, I will speak with [Rangers coach] Alex McLeish in December or January," Hudson said. "The wage cap is always a challenge. It's like trying to fit Pavarotti into a Speedo swimming suit. But we may be in a position to plump for a big-time player."
Soccer movie? A film company is scouting out soccer players for roles in "The Game of Their Lives," a film based on the Americans' stunning defeat of England at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. The open tryout will be at the RFK Stadium auxiliary field Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Before coming, register with the film company at 888/507-4263.
Corner kicks American World Cup striker Joe-Max Moore looks set to return to the New England Revolution, once his contract and work permit run out with Premier League club Everton next month. American and Sunderland midfielder Claudio Reyna is out for the rest of the season. Reyna damaged his cruciate ligaments in Monday's 1-1 draw with Bolton and could be out of action up to six months. Madagascan champion AS Adema thrashed its opponents 149-0 Thursday after the opposition, Stade Olympique l'Emyrne, deliberately scored one own goal after another in a protest over a refereeing decision.


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