Four players dropped off U.S. roster

June 4, 2004
CHICAGO -- The Colorado Rapids refused to release Pablo Mastroeni until three days before the United States' World Cup qualifying opener against Grenada, causing American coach Bruce Arena to drop the defender and three Kansas City players on Friday.

Colorado plays Kansas City next Wednesday and under FIFA rules, clubs aren't required to release players to the U.S. team until Thursday. The Americans open their home-and-home series against Grenada on June 13 at Columbus, Ohio.

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