On today’s agenda.....
*D.C. United’s Charlie Davies is the prohibitive favorite to win the MLS comeback player of the year. In his return to first-team soccer from a 2009 car accident, he scored 11 goals. The other finalists are Los Angeles’ David Beckham (torn Achilles’ tendon, played the final stage of 2010 season) and Chicago’s Dominic Oduro, a strange finalist after making 27 appearances last year.
*Coach of the year will also be announced, and that’s a tighter race between Los Angeles’ Bruce Arena (Supporters’ Shield, Champions League), Seattle’s Sigi Schmid (second place while also balancing U.S. Open Cup title and Champions League) and Kansas City’s Peter Vermes (first place after dreary start).
*While the U.S. national team continues to stumble under Juergen Klinsmann, his predecessor, Bob Bradley, makes his Egypt coaching debut against Brazil in Qatar (noon ET, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com).
*The 48-team NCAA men’s tournament field will be presented at 4:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. From the D.C. region, Maryland, Virginia, James Madison and probably Old Dominion will receive at-large berths after falling short in their respective conference tournaments. George Washington and American lost in their league finals Sunday and have no chance of receiving at-large slots.
The final 32 teams are set in the NCAA women’s tournament after the opening weekend. All nine ACC teams were victorious. Play continues Friday. Virginia will host a four-team group that includes rival Virginia Tech, while Maryland will play in a quartet based at Oklahoma State.