Team America midfielder Ringo Cantillo, who has shown promise of becoming the playmaker the team has sought all season, was hospitalized Sunday night, suffering from malaria.

His form of the disease is mild and Cantillo is expected to be released today.

Cantillo will miss Wednesday's game in Tampa Bay and is doubtful for Saturday's game in Fort Lauderdale.

"The length of time Ringo is out will depend on his response to the medication," said Dr. Stephen Haas, Team America's physician. "I would hope he could be back within two weeks."

Cantillo apparently contracted the malaria while playing in two exhibition games last month in Cameroon. He had postponed joining Team America in order to play in the games.

"This is a setback for the team," said Team America Coach Alkis Panagoulias. "We lack a player of Ringo's ability. He was probably going to start the rest of the season."

Cantillo was acquired last Thursday from the New York Arrows of the Major Indoor Soccer League and started in the game Team America lost, 2-1, to Toronto Friday night.

Cantillo began playing professionally at 15 and is a three-time MVP in the American Soccer League.