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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 07/01/2011

D.C. United news & notes: Charlie Davies, Ben Olsen, Jed Zayner, red uniforms, reserve match, Clyde Simms

On D.C. United’s injury front.....

*Forward Charlie Davies (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday night’s MLS match against the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium (7 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

*Left back Daniel Woolard is questionable with back spasms and will be a game-time decision, Coach Ben Olsen said after Friday’s training session. Marc Burch, another option on the left side, has trained fully the past few days and might crack the game-day roster. Rookie Chris Korb might end up starting on that corner.

*Center back Dejan Jakovic, out for more than a month with a hamstring injury, said he’s running at 70 percent and could be available in a week or two.

*An official diagnosis on right back Jed Zayner’s knee injury won’t be known until after surgery late today. Depending on the severity, he will miss six weeks or four to six months.

*United will wear the new red uniforms at home for the first time Saturday. In conjunction with the apparel debut, the team is seeking online donations from fans for Red Card Cancer, an initiative to raises funds for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

*United will play the Union in a reserve match at 10 a.m. Sunday at the RFK training grounds (Oklahoma Avenue and C Street NE). The public is welcome and admission is free. United is 3-0-1 in the reserve league and first in the East Division.

For a few leftover tidbits that didn’t appear in the Clyde Simms profile.....

Simms majored in construction management at East Carolina University and, before pursuing soccer professionally, considered entering the industry.

When Simms lived in Alexandria, he rented a condo owned by United defender Bryan Namoff. Upon moving into his new place near RFK in 2009-10, Simms rented his finished basement to former DCU forward Jamil Walker (not with the team at the time) for several months.

Simms was among the replacement players invited to U.S. national team camp during a 2005 labor dispute between the players and the USSF before the final round of World Cup qualifying began. (A settlement was reached in time.) When then coach Bruce Arena called the Simms family residence in Jamestown, N.C., Clyde’s mother Brenda answered the phone.

“I didn’t know who he was at the time,” she recounted, chuckling. “I told my husband it was some guy named Bruce Arena. He said, ‘What? Bruce Arena is on the phone?’ Then I knew it was important.”

Clyde is actually Clyde Simms IV. His father, Clyde III, is a plant manager for a tobacco company. His mother works in customer service for an energy company. The couple has been married 34 years.

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