Friday kickaround

September 13, 2013
(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*As expected, the U.S. national team has arranged a friendly against Scotland on Nov. 15 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The match, which falls during a FIFA fixture window, will kick off at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2, WatchESPN and a Univision outlet.

The USSF is planning to finalize an additional match during that window as well.

Why Scotland? Why not. The priority is to gather European-based players for a short training camp and pair of matches between club dates; the opponent is secondary. Setting up games is problematic at that time because eight European teams (to be determined) will compete in World Cup qualifying playoffs. In addition, other sides have already finalized friendlies.

Aside from the European regulars, Juergen Klinsmann will consider MLS players not involved in the playoffs, as well as Mexican candidates.

At home during an official window, Scotland will take this match much more seriously than the previous meeting: a 5-1 U.S. stroll in May 2012 in Jacksonville.

The Scots are 2-5-2 in Group A of European qualifying and will play their finale Oct. 15 at home against Croatia.

*D.C. United will induct Jaime Moreno into the Hall of Tradition at halftime of Saturday afternoon’s match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at RFK Stadium. He will be surrounded by friends, family, and former teammates and coaches: Ben Olsen, Bruce Arena, Dave Sarachan, Curt Onalfo, John Harkes, Eddie Pope, Marco Etcheverry and Jeff Agoos.

*Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez arrived in Washington directly from Columbus after the U.S. match against Mexico in Columbus and are available for selection. Whether they start is another matter. Both traveled extensively and played 90 minutes in each of the past two qualifiers. In addition, the Galaxy is looking ahead to a CONCACAF Champions League home match Wednesday against Metapan of El Salvador.

Irish forward Robbie Keane is coming back from 90-minute efforts against Sweden and Austria.

The Galaxy arrived Thursday and trained Friday morning at American University.

*United injury report ahead of the 4 p.m. match: Midfielder Jared Jeffrey (ankle) and defender Daniel Woolard (hamstring) are out, and midfielder John Thorrington (quadriceps) is questionable.

*Today is the MLS roster deadline. United has been exploring the possibility of filling a low-budget slot. “We might do something, we might not,” Olsen said. Three Richmond Kickers players have been training with United and are under consideration.

*Cultural alert: The World Bank Africa Film Series presents “Scoring for Peace,” a documentary about players from Burundi, Uganda and Rwanda participating in the Great Lakes Peace Cup. The screening is Thursday in Washington.

“They must find support in their teammates, many of them former fighters in some of Africa’s most harrowing conflicts. Through the healing power of sports, these men find a way to put aside their differences and unite around their common passion for football.”

Admission is free but requires registration. Additional information is available here.

*Division III men’s showdown Saturday: Top-ranked Messiah College (5-0-0) will visit Catholic University (3-1-1) at 1 p.m.

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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