Wednesday kickaround

*Yes, sir: Sir Alex Ferguson, the sports world’s most famous leader, is stepping down as after a glorious 26-year run with Manchester United. “It is the right time.”

*D.C. United has two foes tonight at RFK Stadium: Houston Dynamo and set pieces.

*Not many of you are heading to East Capitol Street tonight — low attendance expected — but those who are, the weather outlook is looking up.

*MLS faces several attendance challenges tonight with six league matches overall, including games in Washington, New York and Boston. Every one is available on Direct Kick and MLS Live outside the local markets.

*Despite a 1-6-1 record, DCU remains positive, according to defender Brandon McDonald: “We’re not down on ourselves. If you go in that locker room, you wouldn’t think we’re in the position we’re in because we know we are better than what we are doing. It’s not like, ‘Oh, damn, we’ve got another game, another loss.’ We have a strong belief we have the guys that can get it done.”

*The 100th edition of the U.S. Open Cup is underway, with two play-in matches complete, the first-round pairings set and the potential second-round games lined up. The 16 U.S. MLS teams enter in the third round May 28.

*Big spread on the front page of the Sports section about a Virginia high school player who escaped war-torn Sierra Leone and is enduring the recent death of his mother.

*The Washington Spirit (0-2-2) reports 3,000 tickets sold for Saturday night’s visit by the Boston Breakers (2-0-1) at Maryland SoccerPlex, the NWSL club’s fourth consecutive home match. The Spirit is averaging 4,230 through three home dates, well above the 3,000 target set by the owner and bolstered significantly by the early visits from Abby Wambach (Western New York) and Alex Morgan (Portland).

*NWSL tonight: Chicago Red Stars at Sky Blue FC, 7 p.m. ET on www.youtube.nwslsoccer. Sky Blue drew just 2,611 for its home debut on a weekend last month.

*Americans abroad:

Tuesday

MF Michael Bradley played the last 12 minutes of Roma’s 1-0 home loss to Chievo

Wednesday

MF Clint Dempsey and Spurs at Chelsea, 2:45 p.m. (Fox Soccer)

MF Jose Torres and Tigres at Monterrey in first leg of Mexican quarterfinals, 10 p.m. (Univision Deportes)

MF Mix Diskerud and Rosenborg vs. Tromso

GK Steve Clark and Honefoss at Valerenga

*American goalkeeper Brad Guzan took home Aston Villa’s top two season awards.

*Nurnberg right back Timothy Chandler is out three to four weeks with a knee injury, jeopardizing his availability for the U.S. national team’s two friendlies and three World Cup qualifiers.

*Kei Kamara returned to Sporting Kansas City from his Norwich City loan … with a get-together with fans at Chipotle:

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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