Washington heals, makes soccer team

July 09, 1992|By Bill Glauber | Bill Glauber,Staff Writer

It should have come as no surprise yesterday when Dante Washington of Columbia was among the 20 players named to the 1992 U.S. Olympic soccer team.

After all, Washington was a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning team at the 1991 Pan American Games, and played a vital role in helping the Americans compile a 5-1 record in regional qualifying for the Olympics.

But after months of rehabilitation from a groin injury, after weekof doubt about his ability to play, Washington said he was "relieved" to learn he earned a place at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

"For a lot of people, I hear it takes a year to recover from this injury," Washington said from the team's training base in Tampa, Fla. "I thought that maybe if I wasn't ready, they wouldn't take me. But I feel good. And I'm eager to play."

Erik Imler, of Bowie, a defender, also was named to the U.S. team.

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