*Injury update ahead of D.C. United’s match at Toronto FC on Saturday (7 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel): Defender Perry Kitchen (stomach virus) is feeling better and will travel with the club, Coach Ben Olsen said. Whether he plays is another issue. Defender Jed Zayner (hamstring) is out for another week or two.
*Defender Dejan Jakovic is heading home to Ontario, where he’ll play in front of family and friends Saturday. Jakovic’s Canadian roots will resuface again next month when he is expected to be named to the national team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In a final tuneup, Canada will play Ecuador on June 1 in Toronto, meaning Jakovic would miss United’s match at Los Angeles two days later and several MLS games thereafter. Canada’s Gold Cup opener is June 7 against the United States in Detroit.
*Reminder: Midfielder Santino Quaranta is suspended after being sent off last weekend.
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*Forward Josh Wolff, reflecting on David Beckham’s takedown from behind last weekend: “It wasn’t the contact; it was just that your feet get pinned and it puts more strain on your ankles. It probably looked worse than it was, but it certainly wasn’t good. I’ve seen some reds from tackles like that in the league, not that I went bananas that he got a yellow. It happens. We moved on.”
*Weather update for Saturday evening at BMO Field: 45 degrees, rain, 20-mph winds.
*Toronto, which has yielded just one goal in three home matches, is 1-0-3 since opening with a 4-2 loss at Vancouver.
*On Sunday morning, United will play Toronto in a reserve match. DCU won its first two games.
*My formal story for Saturday’s print edition (available online later today) will focus on the frontline options, including Charlie Davies’ possible debut in the starting lineup.
Assessing his early-season role, Davies said: ”If you look at it, it’s actually genius of what Coach Olsen has done for me. I haven’t played in a year and half, and just to throw me in, regardless of whether I am ready to start, it’s an easy way to pick up injuries. He’s done a great job of just giving me a little bit, a little bit, a little bit more, letting me get used to the league and get minutes under my belt.”