I’m off to the Bay Area for U.S. World Cup training camp, which opens Wednesday afternoon at Stanford University.
A few items to share before departure …
*Several readers have asked if Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem did, in fact, receive his U.S. passport, as I suggested two weeks ago. To the best of my knowledge, he was processed in Baltimore last week. I do not, however, have any official confirmation. And unless the family decides to speak out, I wouldn’t expect any formal statements. My guess is Juergen Klinsmann would prefer that the topic is not raised in public circles until after the World Cup. Zelalem will have the choice of representing the United States, Germany (his birthplace and boyhood home) or Ethiopia (family heritage). Zelalem, 17, lived in the D.C. area for six years and starred with Olney Rangers, an elite youth squad in Maryland, before signing with Arsenal last year.
*D.C. United has finalized a three-year contract with CBS Radio for match coverage on WJFK The Fan (106.7 FM, 1580 AM) and El Zol (Spanish at 107.9 FM). A formal announcement is expected this week. Coverage will begin with Saturday’s game against Montreal at RFK Stadium. The English-language station assignment will depend each week on other sports programming.
*Ticket update for the June 7 doubleheader at FedEx Field featuring Spain vs. El Salvador friendly and United-Columbus league match: 34,700. Shakira, whose boyfriend is Spanish defender Gerard Pique, is expected to attend (but not perform).
*The Baltimore Bohemians, a fourth-tier PDL club coached by former MLSer Santino Quaranta, will play a U.S. Open Cup match against New Jersey amateur side Icon FC on Wednesday evening at UMBC. More importantly, the club has unveiled sharp new jerseys: