*Five years ago, Ali Krieger suffered a pulmonary embolism. Today, she leaves for Germany as a member of the U.S. Women’s World Cup squad. My profile of the Northern Virginia native is the centerpiece in the print edition of today’s Sports section.
*It’s the final day of group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with the United States, a pre-tournament co-favorite, needing to defeat Guadeloupe at Livestrong Sporting Park (9 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel, Telefutura, univisionfutbol.com) to secure passage to the quarterfinals. Group C leader Panama faces Canada at 7 p.m. (Galavision, univisionfutbol.com, concacaf.com).
A victory would likely set up a meeting Sunday at RFK Stadium against Group B winner Jamaica, which defeated Honduras, 1-0, on Monday to finish with a perfect nine points. The last time the USA and the Reggae Boyz met in Washington? A 1-1 draw before more than 51,000 in a qualifier for the 1998 World Cup.
Honduras (1-1-1) finished second in Group B and will face Costa Rica (1-1-1) in a Saturday quarterfinal at the Meadowlands. Mexico (3-0-0) awaits a third-place team (Guatemala, Canada, USA or Panama) on Saturday in New Jersey.
*It wouldn’t be a CONCACAF event in the United States without a Cuban player defecting.
*The New England Revolution wasn’t going to draw much of a crowd on a Wednesday night anyway, but thanks to the Boston Bruins victory Monday, the Revs-Toronto FC match at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., might as well be postponed. The MLS game will kick off at the same time as the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals between the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks. Boston hasn’t won the Cup since 1972.
*Who deserves the next place in D.C. United’s Hall of Tradition? The club has opened the online voting process. For me, Richie Williams is the obvious choice.
*The Georgetown men’s program, an NCAA tournament participant last year, has released the 2011 schedule.