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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 07/19/2011

D.C. United news & notes: Josh Wolff, Ben Olsen, Charlie Davies, Austin da Luz, all-star game, Fred, concussions

*D.C. United forward Josh Wolff, who missed Saturday’s MLS match at FC Dallas with a hamstring injury, is “100 percent” ahead of Wednesday’s game against the New England Revolution at RFK Stadium, Coach Ben Olsen said. “He seems fine.”

Whether Wolff will return to the lineup remains to be seen. Joseph Ngwenya filled in for the 0-0 draw in Texas. On the club's official injury report, Wolff has been upgraded to probable.

*Newly acquired midfielder Austin da Luz is under consideration for the game-day roster and “has given us hopefully a lot of what Fred has done for us in the last month or two,” Olsen said. I’ll have much more on da Luz in Wednesday’s print editions (available online tonight).

*Charlie Davies, United’s leading scorer and tied for third in the MLS race with eight goals, spoke about his omission from the 22-man all-star squad.

“It would’ve been nice, but it’s not a big thing for me because it’s not going to determine whether or not I keep progressing. It was a little bit of shock, but all I can do is focus on what I do on the field and, if I’m the leading goal scorer at the end of the year, then that’s kudos to me for my hard work.”

For Davies’ thoughts on his recent form.....

“It’s been a little difficult for me getting involved with games and getting into a rhythm. I’m hoping tomorrow I break out of that little slump I’ve had and get back on the scoring sheet.”

Davies hasn’t scored in the past three matches and left the Dallas game early in the second half.

*Olsen, on the absence of United players on the all-star squad: “I certainly think we have a couple of guys that are worthy of being on that team, but these all-star games, you never know how they’re being picked. I hope we don’t put too much stock in it and the guys that think they should’ve been picked move forward and use it as motivation.”

*Back-up goalkeeper Steve Cronin was given the day off for family reasons — he and his wife have a newborn — but is expected to rejoin the group Wednesday.

*Rookie forward Blake Brettschneider is making good progress in his recovery from a concussion and might be back soon. Defender Brandon Barklage is also on the right track, but Devon McTavish and Santino Quaranta remain out. Quaranta said he’s starting to get into his normal life routine and has been riding a stationary bike.

*After having his stay extended by one match, Fred will make his United farewell Wednesday. His transfer to Melbourne Heart is effective this month. Before reporting to Australia, however, Fred will have hernia surgery in Germany, he told me. Despite the lingering injury, he should be on the game-day roster against New England.

*Andy Najar has been invited to Honduran under-23 training camp next week, but United’s schedule seems likely to prevent him from attending. Honduras is preparing for early-stage Olympic qualifying in September. Najar is also under strong consideration for Honduras’ senior national team friendly against Peru on Aug. 10 — a FIFA international fixture date.

*Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber will miss the DCU match after receiving a red card Sunday against the Philadelphia Union.

*None of United’s next eight league opponents currently has a winning record and the group’s combined mark is 31-62-63.

*TV for Wednesday’s match: Comcast SportsNet in the Washington and Boston areas, Direct Kick everywhere else.

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