Albright replaces Hejduk

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Chris Albright made the US World Cup roster a day late, earning a spot on Wednesday after a test revealed Frankie Hejduk has a torn knee ligament.

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Chris Albright made the US World Cup roster a day late, earning a spot on Wednesday after a test revealed Frankie Hejduk has a torn knee ligament. Hejduk was injured on Saturday while playing for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew. He played the full game and participated in Tuesday's training session. After feeling pain in his right knee, an MRI exam on Wednesday revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Albright will be making his first World Cup trip. The 31-year-old Hejduk was a member of the US team at the 1998 and 2002 tournaments. ''I deeply regret having to replace Frankie Hejduk on the roster,'' US coach Bruce Arena said in a statement. ''Frankie has been a great member of the national team program for many years'' Albright was among the 13 alternates announced on Tuesday along with Arena's original 23-man roster, which included eight defenders. The 27-year-old Albright becomes the second member of the Los Angeles Galaxy on the team, joining Landon Donovan. Albright played in six World Cup qualifiers last year and can be used as an outside back on either side. (AP)

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