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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Thursday kickaround: Andy Najar, Bill Hamid, Juergen Klinsmann, Herculez Gomez, Stuart Holden and Academy soccer

Not too much to note from D.C. training out at RFK Stadium today as D.C. United prepares for Saturday’s clash with the Seattle Sounders.

* Midfielder Andy Najar was back at training today but left practice early. United Coach Ben Olsen said Najar was feeling a little sick, he’s played a lot of games in a short amount of time with Honduras so it’ll be interesting to see if he’s on the bench on Saturday or given a little bit more rest.

* Goalkeeper Bill Hamid (ankle) took part in training with the other goalkeepers for the first portion of practice and then was off to the side doing more work with goalkeepers coach Pat Onstad for the second half. I suspect he may get some more time to make sure that his ankle is fully fit. He was upgraded from “out” to “questionable” on the team’s injury report a couple days ago.

* U.S. men’s national team Coach Juergen Klinsmann took part in a media conference call yesterday. You can listen to the audio here or read a full transcript of the call here.

* During yesterday’s call, Klinsmann commented on American striker Herculez Gomez, saying of the red-hot forward: “Hopefully he continues that goal scoring period, and the more he scores, the more he makes a positive notes out there, the bigger his chances to get the call. It’s as simple as that.”

Well, Gomez didn’t waste any time in continuing that streak. Gomez had two goals and an assist in Santos Laguna’s 6-2 win over Toronto FC last night to knock the MLS squad out of the CONCACAF Champions League. Full highlights here.

* Bolton manager Owen Coyle ruled out American midfielder Stuart Holde n for the rest of the season as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.

* I forgot to link to this yesterday, but here’s my story on Academy players adjusting to their final season of high school soccer. This is the first step in the transition as the U.S. Development Academy readies for rule changes that will prevent players from participating in high school soccer beginning next fall.

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