U.S. goalkeeper Tony Meola said yesterday that American players were hurt and offended by written attacks made on the team by former New York Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia.
Chinaglia, a star in the North American Soccer League in the early 1980s, wrote in columns for Italian newspapers that the U.S. team is so bad that America is unworthy of being host to the tournament in 1994.
"If Giorgio remembers back to his Cosmos days, and I'm sure he does, there were people that cheered for him and there were people that booed him," Meola said. "He doesn't know that the guys on this team were the guys who cheered for him.
"It's very frustrating for us that a guy who made a considerable amount of money in the United States . . . he'd go and rip us. We thought he had some kind of bond with the United States, but obviously he doesn't." U.S. Player Suspended
U.S. midfielder Eric Wynalda was suspended for Thursday's game against Italy and fined $7,025 for ungentlemanly conduct in the match against Czechoslovakia. Two Cameroon players received the same punishment for rough play against Argentina. The penalties were imposed by FIFA, international governing body for soccer.
Wynalda drew his red card, with its automatic expulsion and one-game suspension, for retaliating against Czechoslovak Jozef Chovanec. . . .
U.S. forward Peter Vermes (bruised knee) and midfielder John Harkes (bruised thigh) are questionable for Thursday's game. . . .
The U.S. loss to Czechoslovakia Sunday got a 1.8 overnight rating and a 6 share, Turner Broadcasting Co. said. The rating is the percentage of televisions being watched and the share is the percentage of televisions on at the time.