Three D.C. United players, as well as a Montgomery County product who plays in Belgium, were among 20 players named to the U.S. national team roster for Saturday's friendly against Scotland in Glasgow.
Midfielder-forward Santino Quaranta and midfielders Ben Olsen and Brian Carroll were called up by Coach Bruce Arena following United's elimination from the MLS playoffs last week. Defender Oguchi Onyewu, who played at Sherwood High School and now stars for Standard de Liege in the Belgian league, also was invited.
Saturday's match will be the final competition of the year for the U.S. team, which clinched a 2006 World Cup berth in September.
United and the Kansas City Wizards each had three players named to the roster. Eleven invitees are based in Europe, including U.S. veterans Kasey Keller, Tim Howard, Brian McBride, DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Gregg Berhalter and Steve Cherundolo.
Meantime, United playmaker Christian Gomez, who was ejected from the season-ending loss to Chicago for spitting at a Fire player, has avoided a long-term suspension from MLS.
The league announced it has fined the Argentine midfielder an additional $750 for the incident, but Gomez will have to serve only the automatic one-game suspension for receiving a red card. He will sit out the 2006 season opener. Teammate Freddy Adu was fined $500 for making a dangerous tackle in that same game. . . .
Maryland's Sasho Cirovski was named ACC coach of the year, and senior forward Jason Garey was named offensive player of the year. Virginia Tech forward Patrick Nyarko received freshman of the year honors. Garey, Nyarko, Maryland defender Kenney Bertz and Virginia forward Yannick Reyering were named first-team all-ACC. In today's conference quarterfinals in Cary, N.C., top-seeded Maryland will face No. 8 Wake Forest, second seed Virginia will meet No. 7 Clemson and No. 4 Virginia Tech will play No. 5 Duke.
-- Steven Goff