Saturday kickaround

*The Washington Spirit (0-0-1) will make its NWSL home debut tonight against Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash (0-1-0) at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County (7 p.m.). Spirit officials say they have sold about 3,500 tickets. Capacity is 4,500. The club is aiming to average 3,000 this season. Gates open at 5:30.

The Kansas City-Boston match, scheduled for tonight in Shawnee Mission, Kan., was postponed because of travel and security issues caused by the manhunt in Massachusetts.

*RFK Stadium officials are planning to add additional bleachers for the U.S. men’s national team friendly against Germany on June 2. Ticket sales have surpassed 30,000. Listed capacity is 45,423. The new crowd figure has not been determined yet.

Rosters for that match are weeks from being finalized, but with Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich this week advancing to the German Cup final June 1, Nationalmannschaft will undoubtedly miss several regulars on the U.S. tour: goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defenders Philipp Lahm and Jerome Boateng, midfielders Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger and forward Mario Gomez.

(On a side note, Bayern scored 16 goals in three matches over the past week, including a 6-1 victory at Hannover today. Gomez had six of those 16 goals.)

Germany is also set to play Ecuador on May 29 in Miami.

*On a day U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati won a seat on FIFA’s executive committee, CONCACAF released a scathing report about the disgraced former leadership under Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer.

*D.C. United’s Carlos Ruiz last fall announced his retirement from the Guatemalan national team, but he apparently isn’t done with the Chapines. Two caps short of tying the national record, El Pescadito has been invited to a June 14 friendly against Argentina in Guatemala City. United plays the next day against Toronto FC, but the friendly falls in a FIFA fixture window, requiring United to release him. Club officials did not want to comment on the possible call-up yet.

*Casey Townsend, who scored twice last weekend while on loan at third-division Richmond, will remain in Washington for United’s match Sunday against the Philadelphia Union, Coach Ben Olsen said. Earlier this week Olsen had hinted at a recall. It remains unclear, though, whether Olsen will include Townsend, a second-year pro from the University of Maryland, on the game-day roster. Meantime, the Kickers (1-0-1) will host Rochester (0-2-1) tonight at City Stadium.

*For the first time, MLS has begun permitting its clubs to loan players within the league. Players must be 24 or younger. The deadline to finalize a move is May 6. Unlike a lower-division loan, in which players can be recalled, an MLS-to-MLS loan remains locked in place for the entire season.

*Third-division Orlando City continued strengthening its case for MLS expansion Friday, drawing 9,140 for a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Blues at the Citrus Bowl — the largest regular season attendance figure in club history. Earlier in the week, the USL club received good news about the prospects for a downtown stadium. (D.C. United, eat your heart out.) Best of all, Orlando City received this vital endorsement.

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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