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(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*D.C. United forward Lionard Pajoy, who has scored two goals in 18 league appearances, will miss about six weeks after undergoing hernia surgery this week, the MLS club announced Thursday. Pajoy has started 10 times but just once in the past six. At the earliest, he would return to active duty Sept. 15 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid returned to United practice after a month with the U.S. national team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Midfielder Chris Pontius, who has missed two matches with a hamstring ailment, did not train with the full group and seems unlikely to play Saturday night against the Montreal Impact at RFK Stadium.

*U.S. center back Oguchi Onyewu, who made one Gold Cup appearance before being dropped with a sprained ankle and knee, is expected to arrive in Portugal on Friday to meet with Sporting Lisbon officials. A contract settlement, allowing him to pursue other opportunities, may be in the works. Onyewu, 31, made two La Liga appearances while on loan to Malaga last season.

He told me in late June that, although he would consider MLS at some point, he is not ready to leave the European circuit.

*Other Americans abroad:

Forward Terrence Boyd converted a 32nd-minute penalty kick as Rapid Vienna drew at Greece’s Asteras Tripolis in the first leg of a Europa League qualifier. … Forward Charlie Davies was on the game-day roster but did not play in Danish club Randers’ 2-1 home loss to Russia’s Rubin Kazan. … Midfielder Bryan Gerzicich played 90 in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 1-1 draw at Romania’s Pandurii Targu Jiu. … In Mexico, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the second half of Puebla’s 1-1 draw with visiting Santos Laguna. Teammate Michael Orozco Fiscal was in the 18 but did not play. … Midfielder Jose Torres remained on the bench for Tigres’ 2-1 loss to Morelia. … In Brazil, Freddy Adu was not in the 18 for Bahia’s 3-0 victory over Flamengo.

*The Washington Spirit’s winless streak hit 12 on Wednesday night with a 3-0 away loss to the Western New York Flash. During the skid, Washington (1-13-4) has been outscored 28-4. In Portland, 13,769 witnessed the Thorns’ 3-1 victory over Sky Blue FC, which will host the Spirit on Saturday.

*In our latest installment of Soccer and Society, a periodic feature chronicling the intersection of the beautiful game and American life …

President Obama has nominated John Koskinen to become the Internal Revenue Service commissioner. Koskinen, a financial expert who has worked in government several times during his career, chaired the Washington host committee for the 1994 World Cup and 1996 Olympics.

He was also a youth coach, former president of the D.C.-based U.S. Soccer Foundation (the charitable arm of American soccer) and owned the Fairfax-based Washington Stars in the American Professional Soccer League in the late-1980s and early-1990s. Duke University’s soccer complex is named for him. He is a regular visitor to RFK Stadium for United matches.

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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