MLS debut likely tonight for Peay

April 20, 1996|By Gary Davidson

Columbia's Clint Peay is expected to make his Major League Soccer debut tonight when his club, D.C. United, plays its home opener against the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7: 30 at RFK Stadium.

Peay, a defender from Oakland Mills High who played on four straight NCAA champions at the University of Virginia (1991 to 1994), and his U.S Olympic teammate Zach Thornton, a goalkeeper, were able to come home this week after the Olympians set up camp Monday at United Park in Herndon, Va., moving from Chula Vista, Calif.

Neither Peay nor Thornton, a Loyola College grad, were available yesterday when the Olympic team played a scoreless scrimmage with the University of Maryland at College Park. Peay was preparing with the United and Thornton was with his MLS team, the New York/New Jersey Metro- Stars, who play host to the New England Revolution tonight.

Thornton has yet to see any MLS action. Peay's probable start came about in the wake of D.C. United's embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Columbus Crew last Saturday. The Washington team (0-2) released two previous starting defenders, Thor Lee and Said Fazlagic, early in the week.

Maryland goalkeeper Russell Payne made three sprawling saves preserve the tie with the Olympians.

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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