Monday kickaround

September 1, 2013
(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*Michael Parkhurst will replace Brad Evans on the U.S. national team roster ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico — a right back replacing a right back. Evans suffered a calf injury with the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Since Parkhurst has not played for Augsburg through four Bundesliga matches, Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron seems most likely to start at right back against the Ticos on Friday night in San Jose (10 p.m. ET on beIN Sport; tape at 1 a.m. on beIN Sport Spanish).

Striker Jozy Altidore, who missed Sunderland’s Premier League match Saturday at Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury, joined the U.S. delegation Sunday evening in Miami and will undergo evaluation to determine his availability for the Costa Rica trip and the Mexico game four days later in Columbus, Ohio.

The Americans will train in South Florida on Monday and travel to Central America on Tuesday.

Costa Rica’s roster is set:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante; Spain), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense).

Defenders: Michael Umana (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz; Germany), Geancarlos Gonzalez (Valerenga; Norway), Bryan Oviedo (Everton; England), Jhonny Acosta (Alajuelense), Cristian Gamboa (Rosenborg; Norway), Carlos Johnson (Cartagines), Oscar Duarte (Club Brugge; Belgium).

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK; Sweden), Michael Barrantes (Aalesund; Norway), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen; Denmark), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Yeltsin Tejada (Saprissa), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Mauricio Castillo (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga; Norway).

Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake; MLS), Bryan Ruiz (Fulham; England), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos; Greece), Victor Nunez (Herediano), Yendrick Ruiz (Herediano).

*The U.S. women’s national team, preparing for the Mexico friendly Tuesday in Washington, will conduct an open training session Monday at RFK Stadium, starting at 11 a.m. Parking and admission are free. Gates open at 10:30. Ticket sales for the game surpassed 10,000 on Friday.

*Rough opening weekend for the second-ranked Maryland men’s team: a 3-3 draw at Stanford and 3-2 loss at California. With several freshmen in the defense, Coach Sasho Cirovski had braced for a slow start. Last week, he said:

“There are going to be some nervy moments for us early in the year. … My goal is not to have one loss or go undefeated. My goal is to make sure the team is playing its best soccer in late November and through to the final game. We’re going to put them into the fire right away and we’re going to get better. The last several years, we have gotten off to fantastic starts and sometimes that has been difficult to maintain throughout the year.”

Meantime, third-ranked Georgetown rebounded from Friday’s loss at Cal to defeat Stanford, 2-0, on a pair of goals by all-American forward Steve Neumann.

George Mason captured the D.C. College Cup for the fourth consecutive year, defeating American, 2-1.

Among area women’s teams, Maryland, Virginia and Georgetown all improved to 4-0-0.

*For the second time in three days, an MLS match featured a bicycle kick goal. Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales accomplished it Friday, and Chivas USA’s Erick Torres did in 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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