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Wednesday, April 5, 2006 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Germany is not prepared for World Cup, expert says

KIEL, Germany — A leading disaster expert says Germany is unprepared for a terrorist attack at the World Cup.

Prof. Wolf Dombrowsky of the University of Kiel said authorities haven't been fully honest with the German public about the possibility of terrorism. He added that security plans by authorities rely too heavily on emergency forces.

"There seems to be the secret hope that it won't happen to us — but it can happen to us," Dombrowsky said Tuesday.

Dozens of emergency exercises have been staged by the nine states with World Cup stadiums, but few involve the public. Dombrowsky noted that entire French villages underwent drills before the 1998 World Cup.

"He is entitled to his opinion," said Christian Sachs, a spokesman for the interior ministry. "We can only say that we have no concrete evidence that an attack is planned."

The organizers were praised last week by global security experts for their efforts to stop violence from overshadowing the June 9-July 9 tournament.

Meola's 100th

Goalkeeper Tony Meola was included on the U.S. roster for next week's exhibition game against Jamaica and will make his 100th international appearance.

The 37-year-old Meola was the starter for the United States at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups and was the No. 3 goalkeeper for the Americans at the 2002 tournament. Meola, who plays for Major League Soccer's Red Bull New York team, has not appeared for the national team since May 16, 2002, when he came in after Kasey Keller got hurt in an exhibition game against Jamaica.

Meola is not expected to be included in this year's World Cup roster. Keller is the starter, and Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann are the probable backups.

The April 11 game at Cary, N.C., is the last before coach Bruce Arena chooses his 23-man World Cup roster. He intends to announce his roster in the first week of May.

John O'Brien, who signed with Chivas USA on Tuesday, also was selected to play in the U.S. team's exhibition against Jamaica.

The 28-year-old midfielder played 84 games during his six years with Dutch powerhouse Ajax Amsterdam, but he was sidelined most of the last two seasons because of injuries to his Achilles and hamstring.

O'Brien could make his MLS debut as early as Saturday when Chivas USA plays D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

AC Milan,

Villarreal advance

AC Milan advanced to the semifinals of the European Champions League on Tuesday, beating Lyon 3-1 on late goals by Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko.

"The key was our heart, determination," Inzaghi said. "At one moment we thought we were out. Then I had some good luck on that rebound from the post."

Villarreal also advanced, beating visiting Internazionale of Milan, 1-0. The Spanish team won the two-game series on away goals after finishing tied 2-2 overall.

In the semifinals, AC Milan will face either Barcelona or Benfica, tied 0-0 going into today's game in Spain. Villarreal plays the winner of today's game between Juventus of Turin or Arsenal, which won the first leg 2-0.

Note

Albert Harker, the last surviving member of the 1934 U.S. World Cup team, has died, the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame said. He was 95. Harker died Monday at a nursing home in Camp Hill, Pa.

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