This revelation broke 11 years of silence from the former head man, who was heavily criticized for his decision.
Wynalda said brought up the situation on "Fox Football Fone-In" because of the current English soccer scandal involving John Terry and Wayne Bridge.
"There's a lot of similarities between what happened to us in '98 and what's happening now to England," Wynalda told the AP. "It's an unfortunate time for England, because I know how that can affect a team firsthand. Obviously, we all know how we did in the World Cup in '98."Sampson said he was relieved to have the sordid details of the pre-World Cup drama come to light because it may help explain the U.S.' last-place finish.
"I am not going to rehash the things that have happened in the past," Harkes said on Tuesday in a telephone interview. "1998 was devastating to me and my family. It was hard enough not to play in the World Cup, but it was even difficult to go through that time period, the most difficult time period of my life."