*U.S. national team notes: Like midfielder Clint Dempsey, defender Steve Cherundolo and midfielder Kyle Beckerman will skip the Costa Rica friendly Friday in Carson, Calif., and join the group ahead of the second friendly, at Belgium next Tuesday. ... German-American midfielder Fabian Johnson isn’t eligible to play in either match as he awaits FIFA approval to switch allegiances. ... Martin Vasquez, Juergen Klinsmann’s top assistant at Bayern Munich, will serve in the same capacity with the U.S. squad.
*The full U.S. women’s roster that finished second at the World Cup has committed to play in the friendlies against Canada on Sept. 17 in Kansas City, Kan., and Sept. 22 in Portland, Ore.
*For the second time this summer, D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic has suffered a hamstring injury just before Canadian national team matches. He is not expected to play in the World Cup qualifiers against St. Lucia and Puerto Rico, and is undergoing tests to determine the severity of the injury.
*U.S. Open Cup semifinals:
Richmond Kickers (USL) at Chicago Fire, 8:30 p.m. ET (live video at chicago-fire.com)
FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders, 10 p.m. ET (live video at soundersfc.com)
*American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, less than one year removed from the University of Virginia, is slated to start America de Cali’s Colombian league opener Wednesday against Pereira. Restrepo was not invited to the MLS combine last winter.
For Americans abroad in action today and a college soccer update.....
D Frank Simek and Carlisle at Aldershot Town (League Cup)
F Mike Grella and Brentford at Milton Keynes (Football League Trophy)
MF Anton Peterlin and Walsall vs. Shrewsbury (Football League Trophy)
*College soccer involving Washington area teams.....
John Stertzer scored twice as Maryland (2-0) overcame an early deficit to defeat West Virginia, 3-1, in the Terrapins’ home opener before 4,629 at Ludwig Field. Maryland will host Stanford on Friday (Fox Soccer Channel).
Virginia scored four goals in nine minutes of the first half and Will Bates finished with two strikes as the Cavaliers (1-1) routed Richmond, 7-1, spoiling the return to Charlottesville by former UVA and D.C. United defender Clint Peay, the Spiders’ head coach.
Virginia Commonwealth scored two minutes into extra time for a 1-0 victory over Georgetown (0-1).
In a meeting between top 20 women’s teams, Stanford routed Georgetown, 4-1.