Thursday kickaround

*D.C. United’s transfer of Alain Rochat to Swiss club Young Boys is nearing completion and will reap almost $600,000 for the MLS club, sources familiar with the situation said. It’s a hefty profit in exchange for a player who did not want to move across the continent from Vancouver and sought to return home to Switzerland with his wife and four children. United officials, who offered him a contract extension, will not comment on the transaction until completion.

UPDATE: The deal is done. Terms were not disclosed publicly.

“While this move provides substantial resources to assist in continued development of our roster, it also allowed us to honor the player’s wish to return home to play professionally,” GM Dave Kasper said.

*United homegrown forward Michael Seaton, on loan to third-division Richmond, is likely to make his first-team debut in D.C.’s friendly against Chivas Guadalajara on Friday at RFK Stadium. He will miss the Kickers’ match at Rochester the same night, then rejoin the undefeated USL club Saturday at Harrisburg. Seaton, 17, has scored four goals for Richmond.

*Cristian Noriega, one of two Guatemalan defenders on trial with United this week, failed a doping test in 2011. The club said it was aware of the incident before inviting him to Washington.

*Wrap your brain around this: United and the Washington Spirit, the worst teams in their respective leagues, have combined to go 1,470 minutes without a goal in the run of play. That is 24 1/2 hours of soccer. (They’ve converted three penalty kicks — two by DCU, one by the Spirit — in that time.)

*The 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City is still a few weeks away, but the league has already awarded next year’s match to Jeld-Wen Field in Portland. The format will remain the same: a select squad against a foreign club. This year’s match features Roma.

*The Gold Cup continues tonight in Seattle with winless Mexico and Canada facing one another at 11 p.m. ET in Seattle. (Here’s the Canadian perspective on the match.) Front-runners Panama and Martinique clash in the first game of the doubleheader at CenturyLink Field at 8:30. Coverage for both matches is available on Fox Soccer, UniMas, univisiondeportes.com and foxsoccer2go.com.

*Longtime broadcaster Dave Johnson (United, Wizards, WTOP radio, Comcast SportsNet, national channels) will host a new online soccer show, Monumental FC, at www.monumentalnetwork.com, the media branch of Ted Leonsis‘s sports empire. A preview:

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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