Maryland Bays forward Phillip Gyau, the American Soccer League's most valuable player who recently was promoted to the U.S. national team, probably will not play in this weekend's American Soccer League semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Gyau, the Bays' leading scorer, has trained with the national team this week in East Rutherford, N.J., for the Marlboro Cup, which begins tonight at Giants Stadium with the United States playing Brazilian club Flamengo and Sporting Lisbon from Portugal meeting Alianza of Peru.

Gyau is ineligible to play in the first game of the ASL home-and-home series tonight at 8 at the University of South Florida because of a one-game suspension for accumulating four yellow cards during the regular season. Gyau said he would like to play for the Northern Division champion Bays (15-5) in Game 2 Sunday at 7 at Cedar Lane Park in Columbia, but it is unlikely the U.S. Soccer Federation will allow him to leave. The Marlboro Cup's consolation and championship matches are scheduled Sunday afternoon.

U.S. Coach Bob Gansler said through a USSF spokesman that as far as he knows, Gyau will play for the national team both days and he added that Gyau likely will start tonight.

"Maybe {Bays Coach} Pete Caringi can put some pressure on the federation and something will happen, but I don't think so," said Gyau, a Gwynn Park High School and Howard University graduate who is the ASL's second-leading scorer with 12 goals and six assists. "I don't think I'll make it."

If the Bays and Rowdies (10-10) split, a 30-minute tiebreaking match will follow Sunday's game. The defending champion Fort Lauderdale Strikers meet the Albany Capitals in the other semifinal series. The championship, using the same format, is the following weekend.

Gyau's schedule conflicted two weeks ago, when he was called up to the U.S. squad prior to a 2-1 loss to an East German team July 28 in Milwaukee. He missed the Bays' 2-0 victory over the Washington Stars that night, the only game he missed this year.

"It will make things more difficult, but we proved we can win without him," Caringi said.

Kurt Dasbach, who scored a goal against the Stars, will start again.