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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders, Pachuca’s purge, Manchester United vs. Schalke

*Seeking to avoid a repeat of 2010, D.C. United (2-4-1) opens a critical three-game homestand tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Seattle Sounders (3-2-3) at RFK Stadium. Read my take on the team vibe.

*”We’re as good as anybody else in this league,” says Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid.

*The Capital Weather Gang offers the game-time forecast.

*No local TV coverage. Direct Kick subscription service only. I’ll have more on this issue later.

*Other MLS match tonight: Colorado Rapids (3-3-1) at Houston Dynamo (3-1-3), 8:30 p.m. ET (Direct Kick)

*Pachuca has tossed its entire first team, including American World Cup players Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez, into the transfer market.

*UEFA Champions League semifinals, second leg: Schalke at Manchester United 2:30 p.m. ET on FX, Fox Deportes and (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Channel, tape at 8 on FSC). With a massive Premier League approaching, Man U is home at Old Trafford seeking to secure passage to the May 28 final against Barcelona at Wembley Stadium.

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Tags:  D.C. United, MLS, Manchester United

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