*With the New York Red Bulls’ 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, the MLS playoff field is settled. The pairings, however, remain unclear heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
*The Los Angeles Galaxy became the third MLS club to secure passage to the knockout round of the CONCACAF Champions League (see video below), joining the Seattle Sounders and Toronto FC. The Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas fell short.
*The University of Akron’s Caleb Porter, who nearly became D.C. United’s coach in 2009, will guide the U.S. under-23 national team in pursuit of an Olympic berth, while Tab Ramos will oversee the under-20s, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced.
*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer puts another disappointing D.C. United season to rest.
*First place in the ACC is at stake tonight when third-ranked Maryland (13-1-1) visits second-ranked North Carolina (11-2-1). ESPNU will provide live coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET. ... The No. 11 Virginia women’s team routed Virginia Tech, 4-0, for its fourth straight victory. The schools’ men’s teams meet tonight.
To see how Americans competing for UEFA Europa League clubs fared Thursday.....
F Jozy Altidore 17 in Alkmaar’s 2-2 draw with Austria Wien
MF Jonathan Spector 90 in Birmingham’s 2-1 win at Brugge
GK Dominic Cervi not in 18 for Celtic’s 1-1 draw at Rennes
MF Jermaine Jones 68 in Schalke’s 5-0 win at Larnaca
MF Clint Dempsey not in 18 (rested) for Fulham’s 1-0 loss at Wisla
MF Sacha Kljestan 90 in Anderlecht’s 2-0 win at Sturm Graz
GK Brad Friedel not in 18 (rested) for Spurs’ 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan
D Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover’s 2-2 draw with Copenhagen
D Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 (injured) for Sporting Lisbon’s 2-0 win over Vaslui