Wizards rookie Jonathan Leathers started at right back and played the full 90 for the US this morning in the Toulon Invitational Tournament in France. At half, he switched to the left side where much of the Turkish attack had been originating. In the end, the U-23’s fell 3-2 to an impressive U-21 Turkey side and will next face Ivory Coast on Friday at 11:30 am.
On a related note, the only US player to ever garner an individual award at the Toulon tourney? Former Wizard Josh Wolff, whose 5 goals in the 1997 tournament tied for tops with French phenom Thierry Henry. Wolff was released by his German Bundesliga 2 side, 1860 Munich, earlier this week, but was selected to the U.S. squad by Bob Bradley for next Wednesday’s friendly at England. Former Kansas City teammate Eddie Johnson joins him on the 22-player roster.
Kansas City’s partner club, Atlas AC of Mexico, will try to eliminate historic Boca Juniors tonight in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals. Having tied 2-2 in Buenos Aires last week, Atlas has the luxury of two away goals, an even goal differential, and home field advantage (where they defeated Boca 3-1 during the group stage). The Guadalajara club has only participated in the Copa Libertadores once prior to this appearance, falling in the 2000 quarterfinals.
Finally, some milestones worth mentioning from last Saturday’s 1-1 tie in New York: Davy Arnaud tied Matt McKeon for 6th on all time regular season games played (144) and passed Tony Meola for 7th on all time regular season minutes played (11,342). Scott Sealy passed Chris Klein for 3rd on all time regular season offsides (74). Sealy is 2nd in the league in that category this season.
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