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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Tuesday kickaround: D.C. United stadium, MLS all-stars, Mia Hamm charity match, Americans abroad, CONCACAF, Chicharito, TV listings

*MLS trade proposal: D.C. United stadium site for a new D.C. jail location. Post colleague Jonathan O’Connell has the details. I just don’t see a stadium fitting into that plot of land: tight space and abutting the Hill East neighborhood and Congressional Cemetery.

*The MLS collective bargaining agreement requires the league to name 32 all-stars, even though not all will appear in Wednesday’s match against Manchester United (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, Telefutura). The gen­esis of that number comes from the traditional East vs. West format in which at least 16 players are chosen for each side. To ensure all-star bonuses remain the same, that all-star selection number remains intact, despite the move to a game featuring MLS vs. a foreign club.

Fan voting, a texting contest and the commissioner took care of 26 slots. The final six positions were determined by player voting (which took place before Hans Backe named his active squad). Those at the top of the list, by position, who were not in the first 26 were goalkeeper Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake), midfielders Dwayne De Rosario (United), Juninho (Los Angeles), Osvaldo Alonso (Seattle) and Joel Lindpere (New York); and forward Eric Hassli (Vancouver).

Landon Donovan will not play because of a calf injury. Backe decided not to replace him on the active roster “because we already have 19 outfield players and I would try to give everyone some minutes. I don’t like to destroy the game doing subs the whole second half.”

*The celebrity roster for Mia Hamm’s fourth annual charity match Sunday at the Washington waterfront is taking shape: Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola and ex-goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta; U.S. Women’s World Cup players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger; NBA player Jeff Green; Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson; former D.C. United stars John Harkes and Eddie Pope; and several Washington media members, including Post columnist Mike Wise.

For more news.....

*American midfielder Ricardo Clark played all 90 minutes in relegated Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-1 draw with St. Pauli. ... American midfielder Maurice Edu and Rangers host Malmo in an UEFA Champions League qualifier today in Glasgow.

*The CONCACAF Champions League preliminary stage gets underway with the Seattle Sounders visiting Panama to face San Francisco. On Wednesday, Canadian champion Toronto FC hosts Real Esteli (Nicaragua).

*For Wednesday’s print editions, I am putting together a profile of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, rising star for Manchester United and the Mexican national team. D.C. United fact: Chicharito played against DCU at RFK Stadium in July 2008, entering for the last 10 minutes of Chivas Guadalajara’s 2-1 victory in SuperLiga competition. In previous years, he was also included on the roster for four Champions League and Copa Sudamericana dates against United but didn’t play.

*Soccer on TV (all times are Eastern):

Audi Cup, Barcelona-Internacional noon Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Deportes

Audi Cup, Bayern Munich-AC Milan 2:30 p.m. FSC, Fox Deportes

CONCACAF Champions League, San Francisco-Seattle 8 p.m. FSC

Friendly, Juventus-Club America 8 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com

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Tags:  MLS, D.C. United, CONCACAF

 
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