U.S. WOMEN ABROAD (April 4): Maite Zabala spends debut on the bench
4/5/2004 9:17:00 AM
Former WUSA goalkeeper Maite Zabala, who signed last week with Spanish League club Athletic Bilbao, watched from the bench as the Basque power rallied to beat visiting Estudiantes, 3-1, Sunday in a Superliga clash.
Zabala, who has Basque ancestry, agreed to join Athletic for the final five matches of the Spanish campaign. Elixabete Capa was in the nets for Athletic, which remained even on points (but behind on goal-differential) with Sabadell atop the Superliga standings.
Zabala, who played with the WUSA's Atlanta Beat, Philadelphia Charge and Carolina Courage, is an assistant coach at the University of California, her alma mater.
No Americans saw action in an abbreviated German League schedule.
Dianne Garza (SC 07 Bad Neuenahr, D1), at FSV Frankfurt, 1-0.
DNP. Second successive Frauen-Bundesliga victory vaults Bad Neuenahr (5-6-2) into seventh place, just two points from fifth. Season league stats: 0 games, 0 goals.
* Maite Zabala (Athetic Bilbao, D1), vs. Estudiantes, 3-1.
DNP. Athletic (16-3-3) scored three second-half goals to keep pace with first-place Sabadell in the Superliga.
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