*Tickets to the July 30 friendly between UEFA Champions League finalists Manchester United and Barcelona at FedEx Field is essentially sold out, said a spokesman for the Washington Redskins, which is presenting the match at the NFL team’s 91,704-seat stadium. All that remain through standard channels are upscale seats in private suites. However, tickets are available as part of D.C. United’s prorated season package and through StubHub, an online marketplace that lists hundreds of tickets ranging from $125 to $1,200.
*The match diary and player ratings from D.C. United’s 0-0 draw with FC Dallas.
*WPS’s march into oblivion continues. Weekend attendance: 4,535. If that were a one-game turnout, it would be impressive. Two games? Satisfactory. A three-match total? Embarrassing. The Team Formerly Known as the Washington Freedom failed to crack 1,000 at its new home in Florida. High school softball games draw bigger crowds.
For Americans abroad and today’s MLS schedule.....
D Carlos Bocanegra 90 minutes in Saint-Etienne’s 2-1 loss to Lille
MF Maurice Edu 90 in Rangers’ 2-0 win over Dundee United
Los Angeles at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. ET, Direct Kick
(David Beckham will rest, while Union Coach Peter Nowak is attending a charity event in his native Poland)
Toronto at Dallas, 9 p.m. Direct Kick
(According to MLS research, TFC’s Joao Plata, the player of the week, is the shortest player in league history — 5 feet 2)
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Direct Kick
(The Western basement-dwellers are a combined 2-8-6)