The Washington Diplomats will end what has been a nightmarish road trip today in Bloomington against the Minnesota Kicks (WTTG-5 at 4 p.m.).
The Dips are in the worst physical condition imaginable and are coming off two straight 2-1 defeats, to Portland on Wednesday and to Vancouver on Saturday.
The seven-game winning streak of the Kicks was broken Saturday at Tulsa and they are anxious to get a new one going.
The Dips have been so decimated by injuries that coach Gordon Bradley said he doesn't know what he will do for today's game. His leading scorer, Paul Cannell, and Mike Bakic have been sent home - Cannell because of a shin bruise and Bakic, a thigh strain.
Ken Mokgojoa, Cannell's backup, has a sprained ankle. He missed the Vancouver game and is expected to miss today's game as well.
Almost out of desperation, Bradley signed David Proctor on Saturday afternoon and the former Fort Lauderdale player played the entire game at striker against the Whitecaps.
"I thought he did quite well," Bradley said of Proctor's performance.
Proctor created a number of chances near the Vancouver goal, but the Dips scored only once, on a 25-yard shot by Sakid Viteskic.
If there is a bright spot for the Dips, it is that defender Mike Dillon will return to action today after sitting out a 28-day suspension. Dillon was fined and assessed the suspension for "abusive conduct toward a game official" following the Dips' 2-0 loss at Dallas on April 29.
Dillon's return also is timely because sweeper Jim Steele, the Dips' best defender, reinjured a groin muscle against Vancouver and probably will sit out the Minnesota game.