*Brandon McDonald has made an immediate impact on D.C. United backline, adding a physical and vocal presence. He is expected to start again tonight against FC Dallas (9 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Direct Kick). In the story, you’ll also learn about his sister, who starred on two NCAA title teams at North Carolina, and his interest in exploring European opportunities after this season.
*United midfielder Fred, who was scheduled to play his final MLS match tonight before moving to Australia’s Melbourne Heart, will remain with the club through Wednesday’s home game against the New England Revolution. Heart agreed to the request for an extension, necessitated by United’s injury issues.
*Where are they now: Former DCU star Christian Gomez, 36, has returned to his boyhood club, Nuevo Chicago, in Argentina’s third tier. Former New England Revolution defender Chase Hilgenbrinck remains on track to become a priest.
*Freddy Adu is in the news again, this time as part of a Post story about the green card lottery.
*France faces Sweden today in the Women’s World Cup third-place match (11 a.m., ESPN2). By reaching the semifinals, the teams secured Europe’s two berths in next year’s Olympic Games. With quarterfinal losses, traditional powers Germany and Norway failed to qualify for the Olympics. (Great Britain, as host, will also field a team.)
*Planning ahead, I will host a live online chat at 10 a.m. Monday to discuss the Women’s World Cup final and any other soccer topics that interest you. Submit questions, follow the action and read the full transcript here. Be sure to join me Sunday for an Insider live blogging event during the USA-Japan match, starting after 2 p.m. Kickoff is at 2:45 (ESPN).
Meantime, I’m hearing that American Sebastian Clark, 15, has moved from Brondby to Odense in Denmark and will play for the club’s U-17s and reserves.