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D.C. United's Petke Doesn't Make the Trip to Play San Jose

Friday, August 6, 2004; Page D02

Despite participating in team practices all week, D.C. United defender Mike Petke has been scratched from the roster for tomorrow's match at San Jose because of a strained left quadriceps.

Team officials confirmed that Petke, who probably would have started in central defense as part of a three-man backline, didn't travel with the club yesterday. He suffered the injury during a 5-1 loss at Dallas on July 24, United's final game before the all-star break.

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Who: National teams of El Salvador and Guatemala.

Where: RFK Stadium.

When: 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate.

Data: A crowd of between 10,000 and 20,000 is expected for this Central American friendly between teams gearing up for the start of the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying Aug. 18. El Salvador, which has added former MLS star Jorge Rodriguez to the roster after a long absence, will host Panama in Group A. Guatemala, which will have star striker Carlos Ruiz of the Los Angeles Galaxy, is preparing to play at Canada in Group B. . . . The Salvadorans are making their fourth visit to Washington in the last two years, having lost to the United States, D.C. United and Colombia by a combined score of 7-1. Guatemala visited RFK for World Cup qualifiers against the Americans in 1996 and 2000. . . . The Salvadorans, who are coming off a 4-0 loss at home to Honduras on Tuesday, last met Guatemala in a friendly July 18 in Los Angeles, losing 1-0. . . . Two U.S. scouts will be at tonight's game, preparing for their qualifier against El Salvador on Sept. 4 in Foxboro, Mass.

-- Steven Goff

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David Stokes will take Petke's place on the game roster, joining fellow defenders Bryan Namoff, Ezra Hendrickson and BrandonPrideaux to face a San Jose team that will be without its top player, Landon Donovan, who was suspended for one game and fined $1,000 yesterday for postgame dissent two weeks ago.

United all-star defender RyanNelsen is also sidelined after undergoing hernia surgery last week. He will miss about a month.

Ailing midfielders EarnieStewart (groin), Ben Olsen (quadriceps) and Nana Kuffour (ankle) are probable for tomorrow's game.

-- Steven Goff


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