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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 08/25/2011

D.C. United-Portland Timbers kickoff time changed, other notes from RFK

Everyone has a story about where they were and what they did when the earthquake hit on Tuesday, and D.C. United staffers were no different.

Alex Caulfield , D.C. United’s Manager of Media Relations, tweeted when it hit: “Earthquake in DC. #DCU staff is fine, RFK is one sturdy building.”

On Thursday after training, I joked with United Coach Ben Olsen that I was glad to hear everyone had survived the earthquake in old RFK.

“I was at a restaurant,” Olsen said. “I didn’t know what was going on but it was a little scary. Survived it. ... I didn’t even think about RFK. Nothing can destroy this thing. This is the safest place in city for my money. This place is going nowhere.”

For better or for worse, chimed in fellow scribe Avi Creditor.

In fact, I heard RFK was inspected after the earthquake to make sure all was well. Awaiting official comment from the Washington Convention and Sports Authority.

For more from training...

- With Hurricane Irene threatening the East Coast, D.C. United has moved up its kickoff for Saturday’s game against the Portland Timbers to 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast live locally by Comcast SportsNet, with a re-air set for 8:00 p.m.

The team’s Latin Fest has been postponed, as has Richie Williams’s Hall of Tradition induction ceremony, previously scheduled for halftime.

- D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid was near full-go at practice on Thursday. He said he went through shot stopping and participated in a small side game and “went all out.” An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, Hamid said. Hamid is wearing a sleeve on the leg and said he expects to try some kicking tomorrow. More on this in the paper on Saturday.

- I spoke with defender Brandon McDonald, who recently signed a new deal with United. McDonald’s contract was set to expire at the end of the season and the central defender had expressed an interest in trying Europe.

“Obviously it was a long thought process as my goals and my ambitions were to go to Europe, which they still are,” McDonald said. But I think me being here, the fans, the coaching staff, the players that we have, I think we can do something special in the future. Now and in the future. For me that kind of played a big role in my decision and that’s the decision I made.”

McDonald also feels playing for United will give him an opportunity to perhaps catch the eye of new USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

“For me, obviously being here can get seen more by Jurgen being closer to him and him watching this league with a close eye,” McDonald said. ”For me, obviously, I got to do my part on the field. But that’s obviously one of my goals.”

- As expected, D.C. United midfielder Dwayne De Rosario and defender Dejan Jakovic were called up by Canada for its first two CONCACAF Round 2 matches in World Cup qualifying. The two will join Canada prior to its first game against St. Lucia in Toronto on September 2 and will play at Puerto Rico on Sept. 6.

- This week, fans are able to purchase D.C. United 2012 season tickets between Aug. 22 and Aug. 27 with 10 percent off 2011 pricing. This is the best possible price for fans to purchase their season tickets for next year. Full info here.

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