MLS scoring leader Taylor Twellman was selected the league's most valuable player yesterday, three days before the New England Revolution forward is to play in MLS Cup against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Twellman is only the third U.S.-born player to win the award and the first in five years, joining Tony Meola and Jason Kreis. He also was the All-Star Game MVP in July.

Twellman had 17 goals this season. He led the league in scoring in 2002, his rookie season, with 23 goals and six assists.

He scored his first goal for the U.S. national team during a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Panama last month. He played in five games for the national team this year.

Twellman played two seasons at the University of Maryland, ranking seventh in career points (73) and 10th in career goals. . . .

U.S. forward Brian McBride will not play in tomorrow's exhibition game against Scotland because of a groin strain.

The game is the last this year for the United States, which is 13-3-3 -- a team record for victories in a season. It's also the Americans' first World Cup warmup as Coach Bruce Arena tries to pick a 23-man roster for the June 9 to July 9 tournament.

"If you told me I had to hand in a roster tomorrow, I could do it," Arena said. "However, we know from experience . . . a lot of things happen."

The 33-year-old McBride, who plays for Fulham in England's Premier League, is second on the U.S. scoring list with 29 goals.

The Americans have only one victory in five games against Scotland. The last time they played in Scotland was in 1952, when the Scots won, 6-0.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: West Virginia center Dan Mozes hurt his lower right leg against Cincinnati on Wednesday, but the extent of the injury was not immediately known.

Mozes, an all-Big East selection at left guard last season who took over at center in the third game this year, limped off the field in the third quarter of the 38-0 win.

An examination showed no fracture, Sports Information Director Shelly Poe said.

West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez said the loss of Mozes, the anchor of West Virginia's veteran offensive line, would be devastating.

"No question, he's maybe the most valuable player we have on the team, period," Rodriguez said.

Poe said more would be known next week on Mozes's availability for West Virginia's home game Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. . . .

Florida International's home game with Middle Tennessee has been rescheduled for Dec. 3.

The Sun Belt matchup was supposed to be played Oct. 29, but was postponed because of Hurricane Wilma.

* GOLF: Sweden's Liselotte Neumann returned from a month-long layoff and shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the LPGA Tournament of Champions in Mobile, Ala.

* HOCKEY: Canada extended its winning streak over the United States to five games with a 5-0 victory in a women's Olympic test tournament in Turin, Italy.

-- From News Services