Team America, which doubles as Washington's franchise in the North American Soccer League and as the U.S. national team, defeated the University of Tampa, 6-1, in the new team's first scrimmage today.
Tony Crescitelli, who used to play for the Washington Diplomats, scored three goals, all in the second half, as Team America dominated the game. Rob Olson, Robert Meschback and Steve Moyers had Team America's other goals.
Rob Olson, who lives in Fairfax County, is a former William and Mary player who played last season with the Georgia Generals of the American Soccer League. Meschbach played for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Steve Moyers for the New York Cosmos.
Kevin Mastin got Tampa's goal against goalkeeper Paul Hammond, who played last year with the Seattle Sounders.
Coach Alkis Panagoulias, who substituted freely throughout the game, said, "It was a good start. We have a lot of things to correct. But in general, I was very satisfied. We're not ready physically, but the players are willing to cooperate."
Team America will face a sterner scrimmage Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The team is to scrimmage the University of South Florida Thursday and the University of Tampa again Saturday.
A team spokesman said no cuts will be made until the final roster is announced at a press conference Feb. 22 in Tampa. That's just before the team breaks training camp and leaves for Washington.