- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 19, 2003

For a guy who doesn’t even play in Major League Soccer and is a long shot to make the U.S. Olympic team, forward David Testo certainly came up big last night.

Testo scored two goals to lead the U.S. Under-23 team to a 4-0 shutout in a first-round Olympic qualifier over St. Kitts & Nevis last night before 1,085 who braved a cold, torrential downpour at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown.

The biggest news that came out of last night’s game, besides the predictable final score, was that U.S. World Cup star Landon Donovan will probably undergo ankle surgery before the Olympics.

“We think that Donovan is probably going to need some surgery,” U.S. coach Glenn “Mooch” Myernick said. “It would be similar to what he had last offseason, the same thing but the other ankle.”

With last night’s win, the U.S. advances into the second round of Group A along with Panama, the winner of last night’s El Salvador/Canada match and the Honduras/Haiti winner. CONCACAF’s eight-team final round will be played Feb. 2-12 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The top-two finishers out of the eight teams qualify for this summer’s Olympics in Athens.

This home-and-home total goals series was essentially wrapped up Saturday in the Caribbean when the U.S. pummeled St. Kitts & Nevis 6-0 in Basseterre, St. Kitts, and really didn’t need Testo’s input. Last night was a chance for fans to see locally produced players and players who have ties to this area.

Myernick started eight players with ties to the region. Five D.C. United players - Bobby Convey, Alecko Eskandarian, Brian Carroll, David Stokes, and goalkeeper Doug Warren all started. Defender Oguchi Onyewu (Olney), who plays professionally in Belgium, and Colorado Rapids midfielder Kyle Beckerman (Crofton), who starred at Maryland, were the area products who started.


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