Holdout David Vanole met with Coach Bob Gansler Wednesday at the U.S. soccer team's training camp in La Jolla, but the reserve goalkeeper's return to the team does not appear imminent.
Although Vanole said he is optimistic that his contract differences with the U.S. Soccer Federation will be resolved, Gansler said there might not be room in the net for the veteran from Manhattan Beach.
"There's certainly no urgency here," Gansler said. "I never say never, but right now David is going to have to have a lot of patience."
Gansler praised the play in camp of his young goalkeepers, particularly Kasey Keller of Lacey, Wash.
"David shouldn't be absolutely sure that he's our No. 2 goalkeeper," Gansler said. Vanole, 26, started three of eight World Cup qualifying games in 1989. But he finished the year as the second-team goalkeeper behind the University of Virginia's Tony Meola, who did not allow a goal in the final four games as the United States qualified for this summer's World Cup in Italy.
The USSF offered 12-month contracts to 16 players from that team. None has signed, but Vanole was the only one who did not report to the two-week camp when it opened last Friday. On Saturday, the USSF withdrew its offer to Vanole.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles attorney Howard Weitzman, whose clients include Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, Sean Penn and John DeLorean, has begun negotiations with a federation official on behalf of the U.S. soccer players.
Weitzman, who said he is not charging the players a fee, listed four primary areas of contention: salaries, per-diem payments, insurance and freedom to sign individual endorsement contracts. He said the players have been offered from $25,000 to $35,000 each and are asking for $50,000 to $60,000.
"These players are professionals, but they're being treated like amateurs," Weitzman said.