Tuesday kickaround: Andy Najar, D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup, Real Salt Lake, Taylor Twellman, Americans abroad, Schalke vs. Manchester United

*What’s the deal with D.C. United’s Andy Najar? We offer a few answers.

*There’s no online video for tonight’s U.S. Open Cup qualifier between United and the New England Revolution at Maryland SoccerPlex, but the visitors say they’ll provide live audio via their Web site. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

*The Capital Weather Gang calls for mostly favorable conditions with a chance of rain.

*While United will call on several reserves, the Revolution arrived with a collection of young players.

For much more.....

*As Real Salt Lake gears up for Wednesday night’s second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League finals against Monterrey, veteran goalkeeper Nick Rimando finds himself in another big match.

*In a lengthy magazine piece, the Boston Globe explores Taylor Twellman’s career-ending concussion and his efforts to make soccer a safer game.

*More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. national team friendly against World Cup champion Spain on June 4 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

*Americans abroad:

GK Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves at Stoke

*Soccer on TV:

UEFA Champions League semifinals, first leg: Schalke-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus and at 5:45 p.m. on foxsoccer.tv on demand)

England, Stoke-Wolves 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv

Copa Libertadores, Velez Sarsfield-LDU Quito 9 p.m. Fox Deportes

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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