F.C. Washington, which will play in the American Soccer League next spring, will make its debut at 4 p.m. today against the Canadian Pan American Games team at George Mason University.
F.C. Washington features a number of local players, including forward Sonny Askew, formerly of the Washington Diplomats, and midfielder Mike Reynolds of the MISL's Baltimore Blast. It also has four starters from last year's national amateur champion Spartans: defensemen Doug Howland and George Lidster, forward Scott Snyder and midfielder Mike Reynolds. Another ex-Spartan, goalie Bill Irwin, is on the roster but will miss the game with an ankle injury.
Other local players include goalie Neil Cowley of T.C. Williams High School; Doug Bradley, Kent Schiffert and Chris Maier of George Mason University; David Nakhid of American University, and Doug Davies of Maryland.
F.C. Washington Coach John Kerr said the Canadians, influenced by the British, use a long-ball style of play. "It's very difficult to play a British style of game in this climate," he said. "But any advantage we may have might be nullified because they could be in much better shape."
While F.C. Washington's players range in age from 21 to 31, only one player on the Canadian team, goalie Brian Rosenfeld, is over 20.