D.C. United news and notes

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*From the online and print edition, I take a look at Ben Olsen’s efforts at building chemistry with a collection of newcomers from mostly around MLS.

*On the second day of the Carolina Challenge Cup, United will face the third-division Charleston Battery at 7:30 tonight at Blackbaud Stadium (live stream on DCU’s website). With another match Saturday, Olsen is expected to start mostly secondary players. Weather: cold rain here today in the Lowcountry.

*Homegrown forward Michael Seaton, 17, has been named to Jamaica’s 22-man roster for friendlies against Barbados on Sunday and St. Lucia next Wednesday. He is available for United’s match tonight.

*Asked to comment about the status of the Eddie Johnson contract talks, agent Richard Motzkin said: “Having good conversations.”

*John Harkes will not work United matches for Comcast SportsNet this season. “I have decided to step back from calling games for @dcunited as I want to focus on coaching,” he tweeted. Santino Quaranta is expected to join veteran play-by-play man Dave Johnson in the booth. CSN is in the process of finalizing a 16-game schedule. Even with national broadcasts in the mix, several United matches will not be televised this season.

*Nice feature on Seattle’s Osvaldo Alonso in today’s Charleston Post and Courier. (United will face the Sounders on Saturday.)

*Aside from Harkes and Quaranta, more alumni news: Blackpool will not sign transient attacker Freddy Adu. … The Los Angeles Galaxy plans to add defender James Riley, whom DCU decided not to re-sign after last season.

*Local eating shoutout: Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant (“a small drinking village with a shrimping problem”) for grouper sandwich, she-crab soup and a Palmetto amber ale.

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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Steven Goff · February 25, 2014