Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ambush's Eck Wants a Shot at Cup Berth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ambush's Eck Wants a Shot at Cup Berth

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The resume of Ambush forward Ted Eck includes 10 "caps" - appearances in full international matches with the United States national team.

It also includes a goal he scored in a 2-1 loss to East Germany in 1990.

But it doesn't include much promise that he'll be considered for the U.S. roster for this summer's World Cup. That, despite the fact that the forward position, or striker, is considered one of the Americans' weak spots.

National team coach Bora Milutinovic has experimented with a number of candidates, both foreign and domestic, without finding a certified goal scorer.

Eck, who was one of the top scorers for the American Professional Soccer League champion Colorado Foxes last summer, believes he's as good as any of the present candidates. But, apparently that's the problem.

"Someone asked Bora why he didn't give me a chance," Eck said. "They told him I was just as good as the players he had now. Bora said, `I'm looking for someone better than I have now.' "

So Eck remains a very long shot to be called up to the national team for World Cup duty. But he hasn't given up hope. "It would be real tough to make the team now," Eck said. "It'd be difficult to get on the squad, but I won't give up hope until they post the final roster (in June)."

Eck rates two foreign-based players as the best of the current candidates in Milutinovic's one-striker alignment. He considers Roy Wegerle, who's playing in the English pro league, and Eric Wynalda, who's playing in the German pro league, to have the most potential as America's primary attacker.

Youngster Joe-Max Moore, Peter Vermes (a holdover from the 1990 Cup team) and Ernie Stewart (another European-based player) also are among the front-runners at the front-runner position.

"Wegerle is the best," Eck said. "He has the experience at the top level. That gives him an advantage."

Wynalda, Eck said, has "loads of talent."

"I believe he could become a great player," he added.

Eck believes the United States will make more than a token three-games-and-out appearance in this World Cup, as it did in the 1990 Copa Mundial. The Americans will face Switzerland, Romania and Colombia in the first round. …

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