Joe Horvath and Paul Cannell, Washington's Nos. 2 and 3 scorers, along with Sakib Viteskic and team captain Jimmy Steele, could return to the starting lineup Sunday when the Diplomats play the Philadelphia Fury at RFK Stadium.

Steele, who has been out nearly six weeks with a broken jaw, dressed Sunday for the Rochester game but did not play.

Forward Mike Bakic, out since the opening game of the year with an Achilles' strain, returned to action Sunday. He played 26 1/2 minutes in Washington's 3-2 shootout loss to the Lancers.

"Our starting players are becoming healthy again," Coach Gordon Bradley said." "But our reserves have done a great job for us. I can't praise them enough."

Bradley was especially pleased Sunday with the play of Cannell's replacement, Andries Maseko. The South African winger, used very little last year, had seen only 23 minutes of action this season before Sunday's game. But he logged 105 minutes, including the two 7 1/2-minute overtime periods. He was all over the field, shooting, setting up teammates and making key defensive plays. Maseko's penalty kick tied the game, 2-2, with five minutes left in regulation.

The only Washington starter not quite ready to return is Alan Green, who leads the team in scoring with 2-1 points. Green has a pulled groin muscle.

Washington, now 10-6 with 91 points, still has a chance to catch the Eastern Division-leading Cosmos, who are 12-3 with 108 points. Toronto is third in the division with an 8-9 mark and 74 points.