Tuesday kickaround

*A budget-conscious soccer team needed housing for players. An retirement community had an extra suite and a willingness to create an inter-generational experience for residents. Here is what happened next.

*Knocked woozy in an NWSL match at Washington on Saturday, Abby Wambach is cautiously optimistic she will return to the field this weekend.

*From Post business writer Jonathan O’Connell, a top official in the city government says the framework for a D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point could be set “inside of a year.”

*John Odom, father-in-law of New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, is featured in The Post’s “Victims in Recovery” series.

*No drama this season: With four Premier League games to spare, Manchester United breezes to its 20th top-flight trophy. Dutchman Robin van Persie posted a first-half hat trick against American goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Aston Villa, increasing his scoring haul to 28 goals in 44 matches in all competitions.

Four clubs are responsible for the last 18 EPL championships: United (11), Chelsea (3), Arsenal (3) and Manchester City (1). That quartet has also claimed 14 of the past 18 second-place finishes (assuming Spurs does not make a late charge this year).

*The UEFA Champions League semifinals begin this week:

Tuesday

Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona, 2:45 p.m. ET

Live: Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer2go.com.

Taped: Fox Soccer Plus at 6, Fox Soccer at 8.

Wednesday

Borussia Dortmund vs. Real Madrid, 2:45 p.m. ET

Live: FX, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer2go.com.

Taped: Fox Soccer at 5, Fox Soccer Plus at 9.

*U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, who was elected to FIFA’s powerful executive committee last week, said during a media teleconference Monday that CONCACAF is vying for a fourth automatic berth in the World Cup, starting in 2018.

“Is there a push for that? The answer is yes. We’ve made that very clear. Obviously it won’t apply for this World Cup. Certainly, the ability to get a fourth World Cup spot will depend partly on what happens in Brazil. If our teams are successful, that increases the likelihood of that happening.”

*A few years back, I shared on this blog my correspondence with “Bob”, an 89-year-old soccer fan and loyal Post reader. Rest assured, he is still following the game as closely as ever. His latest thoughts, via e-mail Monday:

“Since I am a dim 91 year old, no one seems to want my opinions any more, but you are defenseless—so here I go: I am given to wonder if Najar, with his brand of electricity, did not leave us with a bigger hole than we realize and now add to that the loss of DeLeon who plays with spark has just left us with a bunch of neighborhood guys who kick the ball around on a weekend afternoon. By the way, fifty huzzahs plus fifty more for the Post giving some press to the Spirit.”

Priceless.

 

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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