News Release     07/08/1999      Djorn Buchholz    (651) 917-TEAM (8326)

Kevin Anderson returns to Minnesota – in visiting uniform

1998 Thunder MVP joins U.S. Pro-40 for Friday’s game

Kevin Anderson, the 1998 Minnesota Thunder MVP who was drafted and signed by the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer (MLS), has returned to Minnesota as a member of U.S. Pro-40 Select. The second-place Thunder (10-3, 39 points) entertain first-place U.S. Pro-40 (13-4, 52 points) in a Central Division showdown at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the National Sports Center.

Anderson, who has made five appearances totaling 245 minutes for the Rapids, will be playing in his third game as a guest player for U.S. Pro-40. The team is comprised of players from Project-40, the joint venture between MLS and U.S. Soccer aimed at providing America’s young talent with the training needed to develop their individual skills and further the international success of the U.S, and guest players like Anderson who weren’t included on their MLS club’s weekend roster.

Despite spending Wednesday afternoon with former Thunder teammates Amos Magee and Aaron Leventhal, Anderson doesn’t plan to let friendship get in the way of business Friday night.

“My job, when I’m sent to play with Pro-40 or another A-League team, is to do the best I can for my team, and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Anderson. “I’m going to take the same approach that I’ve taken every game this season and in the past – I’m going to play to win.
"It's great to come back here to Minnesota, and it's going to be fun to see guys like Morgan Zeba and Amos and Levie. When we get on the field, there are going to be some smiles, there are going to be some frowns, there are going to be some words exchanged, I'm sure. We'll all be out there playing to win, but I think it'll be fun, too.”

Anderson played all 180 minutes for U.S. Pro-40 in back-to-back victories over the Tennessee Rhythm on May 13 (2-1) and May 15 (2-0). In the second of two appearances for the A-League’s Raleigh Capital Express last Friday, Anderson scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Atlanta.

Two of Anderson’s Rapids teammates, Darren Sawatzky (3-2—8) and Guillermo Jara, will join U.S. Pro-40 in Minnesota, but leading scorer Eric Quill (4-1—9) will spend the weekend with the Tampa Bay Mutiny. This weekend’s U.S. Pro-40 roster also will include defender Gabe Eastman, a 1998 all-league selection with the A-League’s Nashville Metros, and midfielder Kirk Wilson, who last year earned second-team all-league honors with the El Paso Patriots.
Anderson and U.S. Pro-40 are scheduled to practice at 5 p.m. Thursday at NSC.
Minnesota will be without goalkeeper John Swallen, defender John Coughlin and coach Buzz Lagos at Thursday's 6-8 p.m. practice. Swallen and Coughlin are scheduled to start in tonight’s A-League All-Star Game in Virginia Beach, Va., while Lagos will serve as head coach Pat Ercoli's assistant.

Friday, July 9 at Minnesota -- 7:05 p.m.

Matt Nyman, GK, unassigned – Registered a 1.00 GAA in his professional debut, a 2-1 win against Indiana on 6/27
Scott Vallow, GK, unassigned – Tallied his fourth clean sheet, a 1-0 win against El Paso on 7/3
Ubusuku Abukusumo, D, Columbus Crew – He leads U.S. Pro-40 in starts, games played (15) and minutes
Matt Chulis, D, Columbus Crew – A stalwart on the U.S. Pro-40 defense, he has played in six games this season
Andrew Lewis, D, Chicago Fire – A regular with U.S. Pro-40; has played in
eight matches, starting six
Chris House, D, Tampa Bay Mutiny -- Will make his U.S. Pro-40 debut this weekend
Alen Kozic, M, Miami Fusion -- Scored the game-winner in the 2-1 win over Indiana on 6/6
Gabe Eastman, M, Los Angeles Galaxy -- Started all four of his matches with U.S. Pro-40 this season
Kevin Anderson, M, Colorado -- Played 180 minutes in U.S. Pro-40 two-game sweep vs. Tennessee 5/13 and 5/15
Guillermo Jara, M, Colorado Rapids -- Will make his U.S. Pro-40 debut this weekend
Francisco Gomez, M, Kansas City Wizards -- Will make his U.S. Pro-40 debut this weekend
Kirk Wilson, M/F, Dallas Burn -- Assisted on Seth George's 83rd-minute score in the 3-0 win over Cincinnati on 6/25
Marvin Quijano, M/F, Los Angeles Galaxy -- Scored his first U.S. Pro-40 goal, the third strike in the 3-0 win over Cincinnati on 6/25
Darren Sawatzky, M/F, Colorado Rapids -- Scored his third game-winning goal, a 45th-min. strike in the 1-0 win over El Paso on 7/3
Jesse Van Saun, F, Kansas City Wizards -- A regular with U.S. Pro-40 last season; has played in five games with the club in 1999
Dema Kovalenko, F, Chicago -- Scored his second game-winner, an 89th-min. score in the 2-1 win over Indiana on 6/27