CHICAGO (Sunday, May 22, 2005) - Defender Eddie Pope, a veteran of two U.S. World Cup teams, has been added to the roster for the U.S. vs. England friendly at Soldier Field in Chicago on May 28 in the absence of defender Oguchi Onyewu.
Onyewu will be representing his club Standard Liege in a Belgian playoff for a spot in the 2005-06 UEFA Cup. Liege finished the season this weekend tied with Racing Genk on 70 points and in third place in Belgium. The two-leg Belgian playoff is scheduled for Thursday (May 26) and Sunday (May 29).
Liege had a chance to secure the berth outright with a match against relegated oostende on the 34th and final round of league play, but Oostende equalized at 1-1 before the end of the first half, and Liege missed a penalty kick late in the match.
Genk was down 1-0 in the 70th minute, but scored three goals down the stretch to top cercle Bruges and earn their 68th, 69th and 70th points.
Pope will leave his club, Real Salt Lake, immediately to join the rest of the U.S. team as it begins to gather in Chicago on Sunday (May 22) before beginning training on Monday (May 23). Pope is the second late addition to the U.S. roster, as Kerry Zavagnin replaced Pablo Mastroeni who is day-to-day with a quad injury and will stay with the Colorado Rapids this week.
U.S. vs. England kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 live on ESPN and Telemundo from Soldier Field. Fans can also follow along live online with ussoccer.com's MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.
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