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Injuries Force U.S. Goalkeeper Brown Off Olympic Team; Team Gathers for Final Camp in San Diego Next Monday

CHICAGO (Tuesday, August 29, 2000) - U.S. Soccer announced today that projected starting goalkeeper Adin Brown has been forced to withdraw from the U.S. Men's Olympic Team due to a sprained quadricep and hip flexor suffered last week with the Colorado Rapids, his professional team. Pending the mid-week medical evaluation of "over-age" midfielder Chris Armas (Chicago Fire, MLS), who is recovering from a sprained MCL in his left knee, U.S. Soccer will make an announcement about replacements on the final U.S. Olympic roster before the FIFA deadline of Friday, Sept. 1.

"I'm very disappointed that Adin won't be making the trip with us. He was a very important part of this team," said U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Clive Charles, who has led the young squad to a 7-4-1 overall record in 2000 play. "But we must move ahead and think about a replacement over the next few days."

After having successful arthroscopic surgery to clean up his right meniscus on June 30, Brown returned to game action on July 26 only to sprain the quadricep muscle in his left leg chasing down a ball in just the fifth minute of an exhibition versus the amateur Colorado Comets. His fitness was further damaged when he tore his right hip flexor in a training session last Wednesday (Aug. 23).

Over the last year, the 6'3" Brown has entrenched himself as the starting goalkeeper on the U.S. Under-23 squad. The Pleasant Hills, Calif. native posted shutouts in two crucial games of the CONCACAF 2000 Olympic Qualifying Tournament earlier this year in April and had a 0.40 goals against average in six overall matches in 2000. The former William & Mary All-American started more than half of the U-23 games in 1999 (10 of 17) and helped the USA to a bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg last summer.

Brown posted a 4-7-1 record and a 2.04 GAA for Colorado in what began as a promising rookie campaign before the aforementioned injuries hampered the remainder of his season. The MLS SuperDraft 2000 first round selection last competed for the Rapids in MLS on June 24.

U-23's HEADED TO SAN DIEGO BEFORE AUSTRALIA DEPARTURE: The U.S. Olympic team will head to San Diego on Monday afternoon (Sept. 4) for their final camp before departing for Sydney via Los Angeles on the evening of Sept. 6. While in the San Diego area, the team will face the A-League's San Diego Flash in a closed-door exhibition on Sept. 5 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center at 5:30 p.m. (PT).

When they arrive in Australia in September, the U.S. Men's Olympic Team will be looking to advance to the second round of the Olympic Soccer Tournament for the first time in their history. The U.S. team will kick things off against the Czech Republic in Canberra on Sept. 13, in a tape delay broadcast on MSNBC at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on the first day of Olympic competition. The team will then face Cameroon on Sept. 16 in Canberra and will meet Kuwait on Sept. 19 in Melbourne to finish group play.