Friday kickaround


(By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

Good morning from Kingston — matchday in the Caribbean as the United States resumes World Cup qualifying against the Reggae Boyz at National Stadium. My formal preview sets the scene and explains why this adventure might turn out differently than the previous visit to Jamaica.

TV: beIN Sport, English channel only, 9:30 p.m. ET. Announcers are watching on monitors in the Florida studios. (Today’s full TV-online schedule is available here.)

Game-time weather outlook: 84 degrees, 74 percent humidity, 20 percent chance of rain, up to 17-mph wind.

*Looking ahead, kickoff for Tuesday’s qualifier against Panama in Seattle has been set for 10:08 p.m. ET (ESPN). For months, it had been promoted as a 9:30 start. My dark suspicion is ESPN’s decision to carry Mexico’s match at 8 p.m. pushed back the U.S. slot. Regardless, East Coast supporters have several late-night appointments for this set of qualifiers: 9:30 tonight, 10 in Seattle, 9 p.m. on June 18 for the Honduras game in Salt Lake City.

*Ticket sales for the USA match in Seattle are around 36,000. Capacity is limited to 45,000 42,000. (The Mariners play at the same time next door, causing traffic, parking and logistical issues.) Meantime, the Sounders are expecting 50,000-plus for Saturday’s MLS game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Temporary grass, ordered for the qualifier, is in place.

*In the NWSL last night, almost 11,000 watched Alex Morgan score twice as the Portland Thorns defeated visiting FC Kansas City, 4-3.

*We all know RFK Stadium as the home to D.C. United and the site of many international matches, including the 1994 World Cup. We forget it pays tribute to Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 45 years ago yesterday. History buffs will appreciate this piece in The Post today.

*The Post high school All-Met teams have been unveiled, with college choices listed on many players: Boys here, girls here.

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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