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Wednesday, August 30
Brown was expected to start

CHICAGO -- Adin Brown, projected as the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. Olympic soccer team, was dropped from the roster Tuesday due to leg injuries, a move that could lead to Brad Friedel going to the Sydney Games.

Brown, 22, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer, retroactive to Aug. 24. He sustained injuries to a hip flexor and quadriceps during an Aug. 23 practice, as he was still recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained about a month earlier.

Brown is expected to miss the Rapids' final game of the regular season, Sept. 8 at home against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

"I think it's the dream of many young kids to play in the Olympics, and to be that close and then have it taken away from you is tough. There's no way of sugar-coating it," Brown said. "I just need to keep working hard and maybe by the next Olympics, I can put myself in position to be chosen."

Friedel, the U.S. starter during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, would become one of the three "wild-card" players over the age limit of 23 if midfielder Chris Armas is unable to go to Australia.

Armas, a starter for the Chicago Fire, injured a knee Aug. 16 playing for the United States in a 7-0 win over Barbados in a World Cup qualifier and isn't on the roster for Sunday's qualifier against Guatemala at Washington. A decision on his Olympic status is expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Friedel, who started against Barbados, is the No. 2 goalkeeper on the national team behind Kasey Keller, one of the three wild-card players the Americans picked for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Friedel is with Liverpool in England's Premier League but hasn't played much in the past year. He started against Barbados, while Keller helped his Spanish League team, Rayo Vallecano, qualify for the UEFA Cup.

While women's soccer at the Olympics is open to national teams, FIFA, soccer's governing body, limits the men's tournament to under-23 teams so it won't compete for attention with the World Cup.

FIFA, under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, allowed the three wild cards starting with the Atlanta Games. D.C. United defender Jeff Agoos and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Frankie Hejduk are the two other U.S. wild cards.


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