MLS debut likely tonight for Peay

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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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