Before I depart for Seattle, a few items to share.....
*Stuck in a scoring rut, D.C. United’s Charlie Davies turned to a sports psychologist to help reverse his fortunes. The result was a hat trick last weekend. The full story, which will also appear in Saturday’s print editions, is available here.
*The updated MLS players’ salary list is available. Notable earnings (based on a full season) for players who signed during the recent international transfer window:
Philadelphia MF-F Freddy Adu: $475,000 base salary but $574,000 in guaranteed compensation
Los Angeles F Robbie Keane: 2.9 million/3.4 million
Houston F Carlo Costly: 335,000/425,000
New York GK Frank Rost: 545,000/545,000
Toronto MF Torsten Frings:700,000/1.1 million
Toronto F Danny Koevermans: 1 million/1.4 million
Chicago MF Pavel Pardo: 130,000/160,000
Chicago MF Sebastian Grazzini: 48,000/48,000
Vancouver F Mustapha Jarju: 400,000/426,000
*With a full-strength roster that includes Abby Wambach and Hope Solo, the U.S. women’s national team is gearing up for its first match since the World Cup, Saturday night against Canada in Kansas City.
*The University of Virginia women’s team handed Maryland its first loss of the season, a 4-1 decision in Charlottesville.
*The top-ranked Maryland men (6-0-0) host ACC rival North Carolina State tonight at Ludwig Field.
*George Mason hosts nationally ranked and unbeaten Central Florida tonight in Fairfax.