Wim Jansen will not play Saturday when the Washington Diplomats travel to Memphis for a game with the Rogues, Dips Coach Gordon Bradley said yesterday.
Jansen, the steady Dutch midfielder who started at sweeper in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Seattle Sounders, played 25 minutes before the hamstring injury that he suffered two weeks ago acted up and forced him out of the game.
Another stay-at-home this weekend will be Sonny Askew, still bothered by the leg injury he suffered in June. Askew played briefly in Los Angeles two weeks ago but has not played since. He said Wednesday, "It will hurts quite a bit."
Bradley should have the team's newest acquisition, Mario Benito Luna, available for Saturday. Luna, 21, acquired on loan from the Argentine first division, could not get a work visa in time to play Wednesday but is expected to be set by Saturday. Bradley said he is inclined to stick with Tony Crescitelli at forward with Alan Green and bring Luna off the bench, if needed.
Crescitelli ended a four-game slump with a goal Wednesday, his fifth of the season. Several other Dips, including defenders Robert Iarusci, Tommy O'Hara and Nick Mijatovic, are nursing leg injuries but all should be ready to play Saturday.
Bradley said he is undecided about his starting goalie for the Memphis game. Dragan Radovich has started the last four games but looked a bit shaky Wednesday. Bradley does not usually make changes after a win but might go with Bill Irwin against the Rogues.