Monday kickaround

(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*Links to new D.C. United-Buzzard Point stadium stories:

Philadelphia’s PPL Park as a model for a riverside venue in an undeveloped area.

An opinion on the stadium plan and its impact on the city.

The role of local developer Akridge.

*How unusual was United’s three-goal performance against the Montreal Impact on Saturday night? Although the club posted three goals in a pair of U.S. Open Cup matches this summer, it had not scored thrice in a league affair since the regular season home finale against Columbus last October. In all, United has recorded three goals in MLS competition (regular season and playoffs) twice in the past 36 outings.

*The U.S. women’s national team will conduct an open training session at RFK Stadium on Labor Day, Sept. 2 — the day before the friendly against Mexico. Parking and admission are free. The session will begin at 11 a.m. Gates open at 10:30. As of late last week, ticket sales for the match were around 6,600.

*The NWSL match in Portland on Sunday night, featuring the Thorns and FC Kansas City, drew 17,619 to Jeld-Wen Field — the biggest crowd in the league’s inaugural season and larger than any turnout for Women’s Professional Soccer, the NWSL’s predecessor, between 2009 and ’11.

*The Richmond Kickers’ 22-game unbeaten streak in the third-division USL Pro came to a crashing halt Saturday with a 5-2 away loss against the Charleston Battery. The first-place Kickers (13-1-9) remain three points ahead of Orlando City and have three regular season matches left, starting Saturday at home against Dayton.

*Better news for another Richmond-based club: RVA FC, a first-year amateur side guided by former German-based pro Grover Gibson and featuring numerous local college players, won the fourth-tier NPSL championship.

*Pairings are set for the championship round of the International Champions Cup at Sun Life Stadium in Miami:

Tuesday

Seventh-place match: Juventus vs. Inter Milan, 6:30 p.m.

Fifth-place match: Everton vs. Valencia, 9 p.m.

Wednesday

Third-place match: L.A. Galaxy vs. AC Milan, 6:30

First-place match: Real Madrid vs. Chelsea, 9

(Fox Soccer will carry every match.)

*Chelsea has been training for the past week at Catholic University in Northeast Washington and shuttling in and out of town for ICC matches. Practices are closed. The Blues chose D.C. as their base because the U.S. tour will conclude at RFK this Saturday night with a friendly against Roma. As of this morning, ticket sales were around 17,000. My over-under is 30K.

While Chelsea is in Miami, the Italian side will face Toronto FC on Wednesday night before arriving in Washington. Since defeating the MLS all-stars in Kansas City, Roma has been training in Boston, home to its ownership group.

*The USSF is aiming to arrange two friendlies in Europe for the U.S. men’s national team during the FIFA fixture window in November. Scotland and Austria are possible opponents, but nothing has been finalized. First priority: the roster for next week’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo. Most, if not all, players will come from Euro clubs. Juergen Klinsmann will not set the final list for several more days.

*German U-16 midfielder Gedion Zelalem, who played one season at Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School and starred for the Olney Rangers youth side, entered in the 61st minute of Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Galatasary in the Emirates Cup finale on Sunday.

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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