The Washington Diplomats, losers of eight of their 10 games, try to start salvaging the last part of their season tonight against the California Surf at Anaheim Stadium.

The game will be televised at 11:30 by WTTG-TV-5. No Washington-area radio broadcast is scheduled.

The Surf (8-13) is led by former Cosmos star Carlos Alberto.

The slipping Diplomats (10-11) fell under .500 for the first time this season when they lost at Portland in the last minute Wednesday. They remain in second place in the Eastern Division, four points ahead of Montreal.

"We really thought we'd win in Portland; we hate to lose that way," Diplomat Coach Ken Furphy said. "But there were complications, like Peter Carr getting cut and Trevor Hebbard arriving at halftime."

Hebberd will be available for full-time service tonight. He was called from Washington after Peter Baralic was sold to Tulsa, but was delayed at the Portland airport looking for his luggage.

"It's absolutely vital for us to get more points behind us," Furphy said. "We've got to get back that goal-scoring touch."

The Diplomats have scored only 10 goals in the last eight games. The four forwards have not had a goal in the six games since June 14.

Midfielder David McGill accounted for the team's only goal against Portland.