*D.C. United needed a more influential attacking component in central midfield, so the MLS club traded for Dwayne De Rosario. He might make his DCU debut Saturday at RFK Stadium against the first-place Philadelphia Union. The following weekend, he’ll face his former team, New York, and the player for whom he was traded, Dax McCarty, at Red Bull Arena.
Other Canadian internationals to play for United over the years: Dejan Jakovic, Pat Onstad, Geoff Aunger, Mark Watson.
Defender Brandon McDonald, the other player acquired by United in a trade Monday, is in the final year of his MLS contract and, from what I understand, is looking to play in Europe. If he performs well in Washington, what would it take to keep him in MLS?
*Eight MLS teams play U.S. Open Cup round-of-16 matches against lower-division opponents Tuesday.
*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer looks back at the USA-Mexico Gold Cup final and offers his player ratings.
*With its group opener against North Korea on Tuesday in Dresden, the United States begins the quest to end a 12-year Women’s World Cup championship drought — and, in the process, rekindle interest in women’s pro soccer.
*Women’s World Cup on TV:
Sweden vs. Colombia 9 a.m. ET, ESPN, Galavision, ESPN3.com
USA vs. North Korea noon ESPN, Galavision, ESPN3.com
*Monica Ocampo (FC Indiana, Atlanta Beat) scores from 30 yards to provide Mexico with a 1-1 draw against England: