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GALAXY NOTEBOOK : FOR D.C. UNITED COACH, THE BAD NEWS JUST KEEPS COMING.

The problems for Washington D.C. United coach Bruce Arena just keep on coming.

His team's 3-1 loss to the Galaxy on Sunday at the Rose Bowl dropped its record to 1-5 and left it with just three points in six games.

Arena also serves as coach of the U.S. Olympic soccer team and before the game, he learned the results of the draw for the tournament. It was more bad news.

The United States, which has not gotten out of the first round of the Olympic soccer tournament since 1924, was placed in a group with Argentina, Portugal and Tunisia.

Argentina beat the United States 3-0 last summer at the Pan Am Games and Portugal has one of the best youth programs in the world. Only the top two teams advance and the U.S. looks to be battling for third.

Arena wasn't thrilled by the draw.

``Only in America we could do stuff like this,'' Arena said. ``We're too stupid to fix a draw.

``Soccer is the biggest cheating sport in the world but we haven't learned how to cheat, on or off the field. In what other country would they have got a draw like that? Nowhere.''

Counting the house: Cinco de Mayo celebrations around the Southland and live local television of the game were cited as factors for the Galaxy drawing only 20,471 at the Rose Bowl on Sunday.

``We predicted we'd struggle with live television,'' said Galaxy general manager Danny Villanueva Jr. ``We'd have been delighted with this crowd before the season started.''

Univision promoted the live telecast of the game heavily all week and the fact the Galaxy broadcast followed one of the championship games of the Mexican league may have meant many potential fans stayed at home to watch a soccer doubleheader.

``I'm just looking at it as a two-hour infomercial for the Galaxy,'' Villanueva said.

Notes: The Galaxy waived forward Joey Kirk before he ever suited up for a game. Kirk, who played at Cal State Northridge, joined the team with a leg injury from the NPSL, was put on injured reserve and then waived. . . . On hand for the game was UCLA coach Sigi Schmid, who was scouting D.C. United for two other clubs. . . . The Galaxy play at San Jose next Sunday on ESPN and then return home to play Kansas City and Columbus. . . . Galaxy coach Lothar Osiander used the same starting lineup as last week against San Jose. John Garvey came on as a substitute for Jose Vasquez and Gregg Vanney replaced Jorge Salcedo when he came out with a hip pointer.
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 6, 1996
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