D.C. United’s season ended more than a week ago, but the work continues. Players will train at RFK Stadium for the next three weeks before beginning winter break.
Dwayne De Rosario is readying himself for Canadian national team duty and the final two matches of second-round group play in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Nov. 11-15.
Clyde Simms is recovering from what was officially diagnosed as a concussion in the season finale against Sporting Kansas City. He became the sixth DCU player to suffer such an injury this year, joining Devon McTavish, Kurt Morsink, Brandon Barklage, Santino Quaranta and Blake Brettschneider.
United also has two reserve division matches to play, at Columbus and New York, but it’s unclear whether those will be rescheduled after postponements during the season.
United announced the team award winners: De Rosario MVP, Perry Kitchen defender of the year, Morsink coaches’ award and Barklage humanitarian of the year. De Rosario, meantime, is hoping to finalize a new contract with DCU soon.
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*Will center backs Nat Borchers and Jamison Olave play in the second leg of Real Salt Lake’s series with the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday?
*The Colorado Rapids’ reign as MLS champions is nearing the end. Not only do they trail Kansas City by two goals heading into Wednesday’s finale at Livestrong Sporting Park, but three starters who left the opener with injuries will not play: defenders Kosuke Kimura (broken foot) and Drew Moor (sprained shoulder), and forward Caleb Folan (sprained knee). Midfielders Pablo Mastroeni (concussion) and Jamie Smith (knee) and defender Tyrone Marshall (red card) are also out.
*The groups for the African Cup of Nations, Jan. 21-Feb. 12 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea:
Group A: Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Zambia, Senegal.
Group B: Ivory Coast, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Angola.
Group C: Gabon, Niger, Morocco, Tunisia.
Group D: Ghana, Botswana, Mali, Guinea.
*Soccer on TV/online:
UEFA Champions League
Zenit St. Petersburg-Shakhtar Donetsk 1 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
Genk-Chelsea 3:30 p.m. Fox Soccer (tape at 6 p.m. on Fox Soccer Plus)
Valencia-Bayer Leverkusen 3:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Sports Net, foxsoccer.tv
Arsenal-Marseille 3:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 6 p.m. on Fox Soccer)
Plzen-Barcelona 3:30 p.m. Fox Deportes, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 8 p.m. on Fox Soccer)
APOEL-Porto 3:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
BATE-AC Milan 3:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv
Borussia Dortmund-Olympiakos 3:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv