Four D.C. United players were named to the U.S. men's national team roster for the Confederations Cup in Mexico, but Major League Soccer leading scorer Roy Lassiter was not among them.
U.S. Coach Bruce Arena selected defenders Jeff Agoos and Carlos Llamosa and midfielders Ben Olsen and Richie Williams for his 20-player squad that will play New Zealand, Brazil and Germany in the first round, starting July 24.
Three United players who were invited to training camp in Denver were not included: goalkeeper Tom Presthus, who wasn't expected to beat out England-based Kasey Keller and Brad Friedel; defender Eddie Pope, who's recovering from a knee injury; and Lassiter, who has 14 goals in 18 league matches.
"I felt [with] the group we had in camp and what I've seen out of Roy that, at this time, he was not the choice we needed," said Arena, who coached Lassiter with United last year. "It wasn't a criticism of Roy as much as the fact that we have some other players in those positions that we still need to look at. . . . We have a little bit of an overflow of players at that position."
Chosen ahead of Lassiter were Colorado's Paul Bravo, Columbus's Brian McBride, New England's Joe-Max Moore and Europe-based Ernie Stewart and Jovan Kirovski.
Lassiter, who could not be reached to comment, started in the U.S. team's 2-1 exhibition victory over England's Derby County Tuesday in Denver. In an apparently unrelated matter, Lassiter pulled out of Saturday's MLS All-Star Game because of a groin injury and was replaced by Crew forward Stern John.
Arena had negotiated with the Glasgow Rangers to make midfielder Claudio Reyna available for the Confederations Cup, but later decided Reyna would be better off staying with his Scottish club for preseason training and league matches. Kirovski, Moore, Bravo, Stewart or Los Angeles' Cobi Jones could fill Reyna's playmaking role, Arena said.
MLS Note: United is among a few teams interested in acquiring University of Virginia forward Chris Albright, sources said. Albright probably will be assigned to Miami, which likely will trade his rights.