Friday kickaround: Whitecaps defeat Real Salt Lake, D.C. United notes, World Cup qualifying, Maryland’s Casey Townsend

From the last-place Vancouver Whitecaps’ 3-0 victory over stumbling Real Salt Lake, is this a penalty kick?

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*D.C. United remained unbeaten (5-0-3) in MLS’s reserve league with a 1-1 draw at New York. United’s goal was scored by Christhyan Najar, Andy Najar’s younger brother, from the academy program. He is 16.

*United’s Dwayne De Rosario and the Canadian national team (2-0-0) are at St. Lucia (0-2-0) today for the third of six matches in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group play.

*Ahead of tonight’s college match between second-ranked Maryland (11-0-1) and Virginia (6-4-0) in Charlottesville, I profile Terrapins forward Casey Townsend, who, despite pro opportunities, decided to return for his senior season and is now among the nation’s leading scorers.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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