*Dejan Jakovic, sidelined since late August after injuring a hamstring, did not travel with D.C. United to Vancouver for Wednesday’s critical MLS match against the last-place Whitecaps but fellow center back Ethan White has recuperated from a sprained knee and is available, Coach Ben Olsen said.
The third regular central defender, Brandon McDonald, returned from a one-game suspension and is expected to start. His partner will be White, Perry Kitchen (who has played right back most of the season) or Daniel Woolard (normally a left back). Kitchen and Woolard were paired in the previous match, at Columbus, while McDonald, Jakovic and White sat out.
As for Jakovic, United is giving him extra time to prepare for the final stretch of the regular season: three home matches in eight days, starting Saturday against the Chicago Fire. “We want to bring him back as quickly and safely as possible,” Olsen said. "We need bodies.”
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*Dwayne De Rosario has not been ruled out of joining United in Vancouver after playing for Canada’s national team in a World Cup qualifier tonight against Puerto Rico in Toronto, Olsen said.
“I suppose there’s a chance,” Olsen said. “We’re not sure right now. We’ll see how the [Canada] game goes. Dwayne is always open to ideas, but we have to determine: ‘What’s the right move for the rest of the stretch?’”
De Rosario played 55 minutes in Canada's 7-0 win at St. Lucia on Friday and is expected to start against Puerto Rico.
*Goalkeeper Bill Hamid accompanied the travel party to British Columbia after serving as Tim Howard’s back-up in the U.S. national team’s 1-0 victory over Honduras on Saturday in Miami.
*Comcast SportsNet in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region will carry Wednesday’s match live, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It will also be available on the Direct Kick and Matchday Live pay packages.
*The Whitecaps have moved into B.C. Place for the final stage of their inaugural season. Here’s a look at the renovated venue.