D.C. United news and notes

*D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic says he has been recalled by Canada for friendlies against Japan on March 22 and Belarus three days later — both in Qatar. The matches fall in the FIFA fixture window, meaning United must release him. He would miss the league match against the Columbus Crew on March 23 in Washington.

Dwayne De Rosario says he hasn’t heard from the Canadian federation. Another northerner, midfielder Kyle Porter, is in the national team mix; I am awaiting word on his status for the trip and have left a message for United General Manager Dave Kasper to comment on the potential absences.

This is what happens when MLS schedules games during official FIFA windows…..

[UPDATE: Kasper says Jakovic is the only one of the three headed to Qatar.]

*According to the club, ticket sales for Saturday night’s home opener against Real Salt Lake have hit 13,500. With a late push and decent walk-up, the final turnout could top 17,000. The club averaged 13,846 last year. (More on United’s business side in Saturday’s print editions.)

*DCU’s record in home openers: 7-6-4.

*United Coach Ben Olsen, on the non-snow event in Washington on Wednesday: “I’m a little disappointed in that snow day. In PA [Pennsylvania], we used to sun-tan in that type of weather.”

On a serious note about canceling practice, “We had to do it. Places were closing down. Tuesday, we knew it was maybe going to get ugly so we pushed them pretty hard and got a lot out of that session. And actually today the energy was very good.”

*If you typically take the freeway to RFK Stadium, the route has changed significantly, thanks to major construction projects. You’ll no longer be able to breeze onto the stadium access road under Barney Circle. The Post’s traffic guru, Dr. Gridlock, will show you the way.

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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