- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 8, 2003

Forget the scrimmages and the silly bibs. D.C. United is ready to get serious.
At the Orange Bowl in Miami tonight, United's players will don their black and white shirts and take on the Columbus Crew in the club's first major preseason game.
"This will be a real good old theatrical dress rehearsal," United coach Ray Hudson said. "This is the first big test."
United scrimmaged to a scoreless tie with the Chicago Fire in Boca Raton, Fla., on Wednesday, but today's 5 p.m. game will give Hudson a better idea of where his team stands more than a month before its Major League Soccer opener at Kansas City on April 12.
Hudson voiced concerns that his team lacked cohesion and bravery in the midweek game. Players weren't demanding the ball enough and winning the play in tight situations.
"I'm less than ecstatic," Hudson said. "Individually, it has been impressive but not collectively."
The coach said he was impressed with the leadership of striker Earnie Stewart and the play of defender Ryan Nelsen. Rookie midfielder Brian Carroll (Wake Forest) was a "nice surprise."
United will be missing several key players for today's game. Starting goalie Nick Rimando is out with an ankle injury and will be replaced by rookie Doug Warren (Clemson). Bulgarian striker Hristo Stoitchkov, who suffered a concussion in a head-on collision with 6-foot-3, 230-pound Fire goalie Zach Thornton in Wednesday's scrimmage, is out for 10 days.
"He's seeing pink elephants all around his bedroom," Hudson said.
Forward Santino Quaranta also is missing. The 18-year-old is in Baltimore, where his girlfriend gave birth Wednesday. He will join the squad in Florida tomorrow.
United midfielders Bobby Convey and Devin Barclay are traveling with the U.S. under-20 team that had a 2-1 record at the Madeira Cup in Portugal this week.
Meanwhile, United's attempt to acquire highly rated Spanish midfielder Mario Rosas, 22, has failed. Rosas will fly back to Spain today. United came close to a deal with the former Barcelona player, but the parties could not reach an agreement on guarantees.
Feddy update Potomac youth phenom Feddy Adu, 13, scored a goal and set up another as the U.S. under-17 team beat Jamaica 3-0 in Guatemala City on Wednesday. The Americans played El Salvador yesterday and face Guatemala tomorrow in qualifying for the world championships in Finland.
Freedom update The Washington Freedom will take on the Carolina Courage in a preseason game tonight in Wilmington, N.C. Afterward, Freedom stars Mia Hamm and Siri Mullinix will join the U.S. team in Portugal for the Americans' game against Canada on Friday in the 12-team Algarve Cup.
Shaka still shaking Former Howard University goalie Shaka Hislop soon could be playing again in the English Premier League. Hislop, who as a freshman led the Bison to the NCAA title game in 1988, is the starting goalie with First Division outfit Portsmouth, which looks certain to gain promotion. Hislop joined Portsmouth a year ago, and the club is now 15 points clear of the third team in the division. The top two gain automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Hislop, 34, previously played top-flight soccer with West Ham United (1998 to 2002) and Newcastle (1995 to 1998).
What's in a name He had the right name, but the "Wolf" no longer roams in Wolfsburg. Wolfgang Wolf, who coached VfL Wolfsburg since 1998 in the German Bundesliga, has quit. Never again will a club have a coach whose name was ideal for the job. American midfielder Claudio Reyna played under Wolf at the club in 1998 before moving on to Glasgow Rangers.
Talking about names, there's another Wegerle on the scene. Bryce Wegerle, 19, nephew of former D.C. United and World Cup star Roy Wegerle, was a guest player as the San Jose Earthquakes downed the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a preseason game at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week. The 6-foot-2 Wegerle scored a goal in the game.
World Cup 2014 The United States will have to wait longer to play host to soccer's biggest event again. FIFA announced yesterday that 2014 World Cup will be in South America.
The 2006 World Cup will take place in Germany, with the 2010 event slated for Africa with six countries South Africa, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia bidding. The venue will be chosen in May 2004.

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