D.C. United falls in preseason opener

D.C. United dropped a 1-0 decision to the Columbus Crew in its preseason opener Saturday, conceding a penalty kick midway through the second half at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. United will end the first stage of training camp Friday against face Swedish club Malmo.

First-half lineup: Dykstra; Russell, McDonald, Woolard, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Thorrington, Richter*; Pajoy.

Second-half lineup: VanOekel*; Omphroy*, White, Altman*, Kemp (Rozeboom 76th); Raynr, Nane*, Shanosky, Markovic*; Townsend (Seaton 76th), Rafael.

*trialist

Not available: Hamid (U.S. national team), De Rosario (Canada), Jakovic (Canada), Najar (Anderlecht loan), Augusto (visa), Alam (visa).

Injury recovery: Pontius (groin), Willis (foot), Neal (calf).

Jakovic played 90 minutes and De Rosario 62 in Canada’s 4-0 loss to Denmark in Tucson. The Canadians will play the United States on Tuesday in Houston.

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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Steven Goff · January 25, 2013