*Raphael Augusto, a 21-year-old central midfielder acquired by D.C. United on loan from Fluminense, received his work visa after four weeks of processing and joined the club for training at RFK Stadium this morning. New to the country, league and club, Augusto probably won’t play right away but provide cover in the attack.
*The UEFA Champions League playoffs continue today with one club employing an American in action: Anderlecht and Sacha Kljestan trail AEL of Cyprus, 2-1, into the second leg but carry a valuable away goal. The match is live on Fox Soccer Plus and foxsoccer2go.com at 2:45 ET and on tape on Fox Soccer at 5 o’clock.
*American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (University of Virginia) is slated to start for Tachira in a Copa Venezuela match Wednesday.
*The Insider hinted at it on Twitter last week, and now it’s in the serious stages: The Portland Timbers and Akron’s Caleb Porter (USA under-23s) are in advanced talks about the head coaching position. Other candidates that I’ve heard are/were in the mix: Claudio Reyna (USSF technical director), C.J. Brown (Real Salt Lake assistant), Colin Clarke (NASL’s Carolina RailHawks) and former MLS coach Preki.
*In a setback to Sporting Kansas City’s championship ambitions, forward Teal Bunbury will miss the remainder of the season after damaging knee ligaments Sunday.
*Following a 3-0 victory over Louisville in Sunday’s season opener, the University of Maryland remains No. 3 in the Soccer America rankings behind Connecticut and Akron. On Friday night, the Terps will host No. 14 UCLA, which dropped its opener to New Mexico, 3-2. ESPN3.com will provide coverage from Ludwig Field.
In the women’s rankings, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgetown are in the top 25.