Claim: US World Cup Player Dropped Over Affair

Ronald Blum of the ASSOCIATED PRESS reports Tuesday evening:

Eric Wynalda John Harkes

Breaking more than a decade of silence, former U.S. soccer coach Steve Sampson said Tuesday he dropped John Harkes from the national team roster two months before the 1998 World Cup because the American captain was having an affair with the wife of teammate Eric Wynalda.

Harkes has long denied having an affair with Amy Wynalda.

Sampson was prompted to confirm the move after Wynalda “brought up the affair” on the television show, Fox Football Fone-In. Wynalda compared his situation to what’s happening to the recently outed John Terry, who is the captain of England’s National Soccer Team.

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