Thursday kickaround

August 29, 2013
(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*Juergen Klinsmann will announce the 23-man U.S. national team roster for the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers at 3:30 p.m. ET today.

*Americans abroad

Wednesday

MF-F Freddy Adu 71 minutes in Bahia’s 0-0 draw with Portuguesa (Copa Sudamericana)

F Paul Arriola 90 in Tijuana’s 1-0 victory over Firpo (CONCACAF Champions League)

MF Joe Corona 59 for Tijuana

D Greg Garza 90 for Tijuana

Thursday

Europa League playoffs, second leg

F Terrence Boyd and Rapid Vienna at Dila (Georgia)

Rapid leads, 1-0

GK Brad Friedel and Spurs vs. Dinamo Tibilisi (3 p.m., ESPN3.com)

Spurs lead, 5-0

F Aron Johannsson and AZ Alkmaar vs. Atromitos

AZ leads, 3-1

F Conor O’Brien and Nordsjaelland vs. Elfsborg

1-1 in first leg

*D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario, Dejan Jakovic and Kyle Porter will report to Canadian training camp Monday in Valencia, Spain. The 33-player gathering will play two matches against African side Mauritania, Sept. 8 and 10. The D.C. trio will be in uniform for the first friendly and then return to Washington on the 9th. While they are away, they’ll miss United’s match at Chivas USA next weekend.

*Two days until the Richmond Kickers face the Charlotte Eagles in a USL Pro semifinal at City Stadium. With a victory, the top-seeded Kickers would host the championship match next weekend. In the regular season, the clubs played to a 3-3 draw in North Carolina on Conor Shanosky‘s 90th-minute equalizer and Richmond won at home, 1-0.

*Washington Spirit General Manager Chris Hummer stepped down to devote more time to his other soccer business pursuits. The Spirit finished last in the National Women’s Soccer League inaugural season. The Western New York Flash will host the Portland Thorns in Saturday’s final. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2 (formerly Fuel TV) and www.foxsoccer2go.com.

*Sasho Cirovski has named freshman Zack Steffen as his starting goalkeeper. He beat out incumbent Keith Cardona, a junior.

Asked how a freshman steps right into the lineup for an NCAA power, Cirovski said: “Because he is really good. … If you are good enough to play, you are going to play. I don’t care if you are a senior or freshman. I don’t care if you have been a starter for three years. You have to keep earning your position. It’s a very, very competitive culture we have and if you are performing at a high level, you will be rewarded.”

Steffen arrives from the Philadelphia Union youth academy and FC Delco, an elite club. Two or three other backline rookies will join him for the season opener Friday night at Stanford.

Georgetown, which defeated the Terrapins in the College Cup semifinals last season, commences Friday across the bay at California. The third-ranked Hoyas and second-ranked Terps will swap opponents Sunday.

I’ll have more about the two local titans and their elite players, Maryland’s Patrick Mullins and Georgetown’s Steve Neumann, in Friday’s print editions.

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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