D.C. United defender Eddie Pope, who has missed six weeks of the season with a broken right foot, will miss at least another four to five days after reinjuring it Friday during practice.
United trainer Rick Guter said Pope, the top American defender the past two years, felt a "sharp sting" in his foot after attempting a shot in a scrimmage. The pain didn't subside over the weekend, and Monday, a bone scan was taken. It indicated the bone wasn't broken, but the team will not rush Pope's return. He will miss tonight's match in Dallas and Saturday's against Los Angeles at RFK Stadium and will probably begin practicing early next week.
"It's really still healing, honestly," Guter said. "It's a day-to-day thing right now. We're going to see if the days off calm down his discomfort. If it does, we'll progress him back.
"Clinically, the fracture is healed in his foot. We're just really dealing with some ligament damage that occurred originally with the injury. That just takes a little bit longer."
For Pope, this injury--which occurred during practice April 27--already has cost him half the season and a spot on the U.S. national team.
He played the second half of last Thursday's win over Miami and his foot didn't bother him, but he tested the foot in practice and experienced discomfort.
United Notes: The club announced two changes to its MLS schedule. It will play the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in East Rutherford, N.J., on Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m., instead of Oct. 6; and it will play the Tampa Bay Mutiny at RFK Stadium on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m., instead of Sept. 30.
In addition, United will play a U.S. Cup third-round match Aug. 4, and if it wins that match, its quarterfinal will be Aug. 18. United also has added an exhibition against the A-League's Richmond Kickers on June 29 at Richmond's City Stadium.
Game: vs. Dallas Burn.
Where: Cotton Bowl.
When: 8:30 p.m.
Radio: WACA-1540 (Spanish).
Records: United 10-3, 26 points; Burn 7-6, 19 points.
D.C. Probable Starters: GK -- Tom Presthus; D -- Diego Sonora, Jeff Agoos, Brian Kamler; MF -- Richie Williams, Geoff Aunger, Antonio Otero, Marco Etcheverry, Ben Olsen; F -- Jaime Moreno, Roy Lassiter.
Burn Top Players: MF Jason Kreis, MF Leonel Alvarez, D Jorge Rodriguez, MF Chad Deering, GK Matt Jordan.