*Today’s D.C. United preview focuses on goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who has shown greater maturity amid the club’s terrible season and is headed to U.S. national team training camp later this month.
*Today is defender Robbie Russell‘s farewell to pro soccer after 12 seasons. Medical school awaits. I would expect to see him in the 18 against visiting Sporting Kansas City but playing time will depend on the course of the match. In addition to praising Russell’s longevity and leadership, Brandon McDonald said about his brainy teammate:
“That guy is too smart for his own good. Having a conversation with him, you need a dictionary. He uses words you have never heard before. We have to say, ‘Come on, bring it down to layman’s terms for us.’”
*United loaners Andrew Dykstra (90 minutes) and Michael Seaton (62) were in the lineup as the Richmond Kickers remained unbeaten with a 1-1 USL draw with the visiting Los Angeles Blues on Friday night. The Kickers (4-0-3) will host amateur Icon FC on Tuesday night in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup. The winner will face United on May 28.
*Watch FC Dallas midfielder Michel score directly on a corner kick at Seattle.
*Fresh off its first victory of the NWSL season, the Washington Spirit (1-2-3) turns its attention to Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair and the Portland Thorns (4-1-1) at Jeld-Wen Field at 5 p.m. ET today. The match is available live on the league’s YouTube channel.
Spirit Coach Mike Jorden is back east recovering from minor back surgery; the pain was too much for him to travel so he underwent the procedure. Assistant Kris Ward is guiding the club. Watching from home, Jorden texted messages to Ward at halftime of Thursday’s 4-2 victory at Seattle. The Thorns are averaging about 13,750 after two home dates. Last night in the NWSL, FC Kansas City remained one of the league’s top draws by attracting 4,362 for a 2-0 victory over the Boston Breakers.
*Both the U.S. and German national teams will hold training sessions open to the public on June 1 at RFK Stadium, the day before they meet in a friendly. The Americans will train at 2:30 p.m. Gates open at 2 o’clock. Parking and admission is free. Details for the German practice are still being finalized.
*With a 1-1 draw against Zulte-Waregem, American midfielder Sacha Kljestan helped Anderlecht secured the club’s sixth Belgian league title in 10 years and 32nd since 1947.