D.C. United news & notes

January 11, 2013
Andy Najar, left, makes his Anderlecht debut. (By Jan De Meuleneir -- Photonews)
Andy Najar, left, makes his Anderlecht debut. (By Jan De Meuleneir — Photonews)

In his first match on a month-long loan with Anderlecht, D.C. United’s Andy Najar played 90 minutes in a 4-2 friendly victory over Dutch club Heracles on Friday in Belek, Turkey.

Anderlecht will next host Gent on Wednesday in the second leg of a Belgian Cup quarterfinal. (The clubs drew 1-1 in the first game.)

Najar, 19, trained with the Brussels side for two weeks last month and was invited back for more serious work. He is scheduled to rejoin United for preseason training in early February, but a strong showing with Anderlecht could lead to a formal transfer offer.

*Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic have been cleared by the club to report to Canada’s national team camp in Arizona, starting Jan. 20. Canada will play Denmark on Jan. 26 in Tucson and the United States three days later in Houston. DeRo has not played for Canada since suffering a Sept. 1 knee injury that sidelined him until United’s last playoff game.

*United has added a preseason match against the Columbus Crew in Bradenton, Fla., on Jan. 26. While training at IMG Academies, DCU will also face Swedish club Malmo on Feb. 1.

The updated preseason schedule ahead of the March 2 MLS opener at Houston:

Jan. 26: Columbus in Bradenton, 11 a.m.

Feb. 1: Malmo in Bradenton, 11 a.m.

Feb. 9: Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) in Orlando, 8 p.m.

Feb. 13: Sporting Kansas City in Orlando, 6 p.m.

Feb. 16: Montreal Impact in Orlando, 1 p.m.

Feb. 23: Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic championship round in Orlando, time TBD

*United is hopeful new Brazilian forward Rafael‘s visa will be approved in time for the Bradenton stage of camp, which begins Jan. 20.

*Kansas City’s Livestrong Sporting Park will host the MLS All-Star Game on July 31. An international opponent (to be determined) will face the league’s select squad, coached by Sporting’s Peter Vermes.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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