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Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 03/10/2012

D.C. United season opener: Match details and owner Will Chang’s comments about stadium, investors

Greetings from RFK Stadium. Season 17 is upon us.

Before turning attention to D.C. United’s opener against Sporting Kansas City, owner Will Chang shared a few thoughts before the start of his sixth season with the club.

On the new stadium outlook: “Discussions are moving forward. I appreciate what the city has done in support of the club and I feel good the city is very interested in wanting to keep us in the District.”

On possible locations: As The Post has reported for the past year, Buzzard Point near Nationals Park remains the primary focus, but the RFK camps “remains a possibility,” Chang said. “Buzzard Point is the better location” because of the opportunity for commercial development as part of the project.

Other potential sites: “We haven’t really keyed into any other locations” other than the Baltimore proposal.

[The Post will have additional details about the Buzzard Point project in the coming days.]

On what DCU needs from the D.C. government: He declined to specify but said “theree are a lot of things the city can do to get us there. There are a lot of variables. We know there are some things we won’t get. We will continue to talk.”

On pursuing local investors in the club: “I’m still talking, I’m still in the market. It has to be the right group and partners who are passionate about the club.”

On reports of financial problems involving former DCU limited partners Christian Laettner and Brian Davis: “When I had dealings with them, they were very honorable and nice folks. I had no idea” about their issues.

Chang said the pair doesn’t owe him any money. At some point, Laettner and Davis opted not to make a capital call, triggering a dilution of their stake in the club,” which is not abnormal in business with limited partners,” Chang said.

Chang bought them out around the same time he purchased Victor MacFarlane’s share, an acquisition that took place in 2009.

Okay, as for tonight’s match.....

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET.

TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus, Direct Kick, MLS Live (tape at 10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet).

My season preview appeared on the front of the Sports section today. The league preview was in Friday’s paper.

DCU: Hamid; Russell, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Najar, Kitchen, Boskovic, Pontius; De Rosario, Salihi. Subs: Willis, Dudar, Korb, King, Cruz, Wolff, Maicon Santos.

SKC: Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Julio Cesar, Espinoza, Zusi; Kamara, Bunbury, Convey. Subs: Kempin, Olum, Harrington, Sassano, Peterson, Saad, Sapong.

Your pregame, in-game and postgame observations are warmly welcome in our comments section.

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