*In the main story about the stadium deal, DeBonis writes that several key figures in city government are backing the project.
*Clinton Yates shares his fandom emotions about the promise of a new stadium.
*How many twists and turns has United’s stadium search taken over the years? A timeline.
*In Italy, United’s primary investor, Erick Thohir, met with Inter Milan’s president. The Indonesian media magnate is reportedly preparing to purchase a majority stake in the Serie A club.
*As United prepares for the New England Revolution’s visit to RFK Stadium on Saturday night, the parade of trialists continues at the training grounds. The club will not offer contracts to Haitian defenders Wilde Donald Guerrier and Judelin Aveska. Sierra Leone winger Sheriff Suma appears to be a longshot and Jamaican defender O’Brian Woodbine returned home but remains under consideration.
*Chris Pontius, a late scratch with hamstring tightness at Chicago last weekend, has resumed training. Dwayne De Rosario is also in the mix after missing three matches with a hip flexor strain.
*Although Chelsea will not play in Washington until Aug. 10 — a friendly against Roma at RFK — the Blues have selected the nation’s capital as the training base for their four-match U.S. tour. Jose Mourinho‘s squad, which just finished a three-game Asian odyssey, is expected to arrive Tuesday and begin practicing at a local university. Details have not been released.
Entered in the International Champions Cup, Chelsea will play Inter Milan on Aug. 1 in Indianapolis, AC Milan or Valencia on Aug. 4 at the Meadowlands and a championship-round game Aug. 6 or 7 in Miami. The Roma friendly in D.C. will fall eight days before the Premier League opener against Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
*The Richmond Kickers carry a 20-game league unbeaten streak — and 22-match overall run — into Sunday’s USL-Pro home encounter against Tampa Bay FC (8-7-3). At 12-0-8, the Kickers are two points ahead of Orlando City (12-2-6) in the third division with six regular season dates remaining.
*The Washington Spirit (1-11-4) will seek to halt a 10-game winless streak Saturday night at Maryland SoccerPlex against the Boston Breakers (5-7-5). Meantime, the club’s reserve squad is in Bradenton, Fla., for today’s W-League semifinals.
*Finally, we send positive vibes to former MLS player Shawn Kuykendall, who is undergoing chemotherapy at Georgetown University Hospital. Kuykendall, 31, starred at Madison High School and American University before joining D.C. United in 2005 and moving to the New York Red Bulls the following season. His father Kurt was a goalkeeper for the Washington Diplomats and New York Cosmos in the NASL. Additional information about Shawn’s condition and how to help is available here.