*Ticket sales for the U.S. national soccer team’s friendly against Costa Rica on Friday night at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., are at 8,000-plus — less than one-third of capacity. With the U.S. training center on site, Carson is the most convenient venue for a low-profile match like this one, but as we’ve seen in other over-tapped markets, fans aren’t certain to buy tickets for every event (U.S. friendlies, European visits, MLS matches, etc.). ESPN2, Galavision and ESPN3.com will carry the match live at 11 p.m. ET.
*After five months of recovery from a knee injury, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden is back for Bolton.
*Gale Agbossoumonde, a 19-year-old American defender who was with Djurgarden in Sweden earlier this year, is apparently headed for Eintracht Frankfurt in the German second tier, joining U.S. national team veteran Ricardo Clark.
*Video of Michael Bradley introducing himself to Serie A Chievo supporters:
*Americans abroad Wednesday:
GK Diego Restrepo and America de Cali at Pereira (9 p.m. ET, GolTV)
D Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland at Hillerod (Danish Cup)
MF Chris Rolfe and Aalborg at Viborg (Danish Cup)
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*The Seattle Sounders defeated visiting FC Dallas, 1-0, to move within one victory of becoming the first club in 42 years to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. On Oct. 4, the Sounders will host the Chicago Fire, which edged the third-tier Richmond Kickers, 2-1.
*D.C. United improved to 5-0-2 in reserve league play with a 1-1 draw at Toronto FC. Joseph Ngwenya scored in the waning moments. Rookie goalkeeper Joe Willis played the entire match because Bill Hamid is on U.S. national team duty and Steve Cronin is sidelined with a strained shoulder.