Friday kickaround: D.C. United, Spirit, World Cup, Terps

(Washington Post)
(Washington Post)

*D.C. United’s pathway to another U.S. Open Cup trophy will begin in mid-June with a round-of-32 match against the third-division Rochester Rhinos or fourth-tier Reading United. If the USL-Pro’s Rhinos advance, United will visit Rochester. A Reading upset would allow United to host the PDL side at Maryland SoccerPlex. The window to play is June 10-18, but because United’s final MLS match before the World Cup break is June 11 at Montreal, the Open Cup game will be held later in that period.

Although geography plays into the scheduling, United was able to avoid a meeting with its third-division affiliates, the Richmond Kickers. By advancing, the Kickers would host the New England Revolution. [Full schedule here]

*Washington Spirit center back Toni Pressley, who has played every minute through six NWSL matches, is out indefinitely after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Sunday at Kansas City. The club said she will miss a “major portion” of the remaining 18 regular season games. Recovery from a PCL injury typically takes several months. “This is a huge blow,” said Coach Mark Parsons, whose squad (2-4-0) will host Abby Wambach and the Western New York Flash (3-1-1) on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Maryland SoccerPlex.

*Organizers of a World Cup fan festival are close to finalizing plans to show the U.S.-Germany match on outdoor screens at Dupont Circle on June 26. FIFA approved the group’s license this week. The German Embassy is partnering on the project.

*The University of Maryland has finalized the 2014 men’s schedule, the Terrapins’ first in the Big Ten:

Aug. 18: at Akron (exhibition)

Aug. 23: Delaware (exhibition)

Aug. 29: at Louisville

Sept. 1: Coastal Carolina

Sept. 5: UMBC 

Sept. 8: at Navy

Sept. 12: at Michigan

Sept. 19: Michigan State

Sept. 22: Dayton

Sept. 26: Wisconsin

Sept. 30: Georgetown

Oct. 5: at Northwestern

Oct. 8: Virginia Commonwealth

Oct. 12: Penn State

Oct. 15: Lehigh

Oct. 19: at Indiana

Oct. 25: Santa Clara

Oct. 28: Hartwick

Nov. 1: Ohio State

Nov. 5: at Rutgers

*Quiet day at U.S. training camp here in the Bay Area. The squad trained in the soccer stadium after working for two days inside the football venue. I’m gathering material for future feature stories, most notably on Maryland native Kyle Beckerman. From the top level of Stanford Stadium, I snapped this shot:


(By Steven Goff — The Washington Post)

*Meanwhile, in Brazil, protests against government spending on the World Cup continue:

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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