D.C. United news & notes

February 2, 2013

*D.C. United closed the first stage of training camp Friday with a 1-1 draw against Swedish club Malmo in Bradenton, Fla. Trialist Joseph Nane scored a 75th-minute equalizer on a header set up by midfielder Kyle Porter, a guest player from second-division FC Edmonton who was in Canada’s national team camp in January and will begin a formal trial with United this coming week. [Full profile here.]

DCU lineup: Hamid (Dykstra 36th); Russell (White 46th), McDonald (Altman* 46th; Richter* 90th), Woolard (Shanosky 46th), Markovic* (Kemp 46th); Richter* (Navas** 80th), Kitchen (Nane 46th*), Saragosa (Rozenboom 46th), Townsend (Seaton 46th); Pontius (Porter*** 31st; Vollmer** 82nd), Pajoy (Raynr 46th).

*trialist; **college guest player from Florida Gulf Coast University; ***pro guest player

Did not play: De Rosario (rest after Canada duty), Jakovic (rest after Canada duty), Neal (rest), Rafael (rest), Thorrington (rest), DeLeon (rest), Korb (rest), VanOekel (coach’s decision), Willis (foot injury), Augusto (joins camp Monday), Alam (visa).

*United returned to Washington on Friday afternoon for a free weekend. Practice will resume Monday through Wednesday at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, a county facility, during the lunch hour (weather permitting). The club will depart Thursday morning for Orlando and a 17-day camp built around the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, an eight-team preseason tournament. United will play four matches as well as an off-site friendly against the Philadelphia Union.

*United is nearing a resolution with Albanian striker Hamdi Salihi. It’s unclear whether the club will have to buy him out or he will leave on a free transfer. (My guess is the latter.) If completed by March 1, Salihi’s departure would clear considerable salary cap space.

*Argentine center back Emiliano Dudar, whose contract option was not exercised and was offered a reduced salary, has signed with Chiasso in the Swiss second division. Like with Salihi, United had not counted on him returning after one season in Washington.

*Reports out of Honduras say recently transferred Andy Najar was injured with Anderlecht this week and might miss Honduras’s World Cup qualifier against the United States.

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 · February 2, 2013