Saturday kickaround

(The Washington Post)
(The Washington Post)

*From the front-page spread in this morning’s print section, my column on Juergen Klinsmann’s decision to drop Landon Donovan before the World Cup.

*Ray Hudson, the former MLS coach and current beIN Sports commentator, shared his (always) passionate thoughts about Klinsmann’s bombshell:

*An audio clip of my more tranquil interview with Voice of America, taped before the roster announcement.

*FourFourTwo, the revered British monthly soccer magazine, had these uncomplimentary things to say about the U.S. squad heading into the World Cup (published before the roster was finalized):

“Fears of a zero points, zero goals World Cup are very real. … This is one of the weakest USA squads for some time, with American hopes pinned on the same old players.”

*Fox’s main channel will carry the UEFA Champions League final today between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET.

*D.C. United plays for first place in MLS’s Eastern Conference tonight at front-running New England, which has scored five goals in each of its previous two matches. Local TV coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.

*Stadium update: Mayor Vincent Gray is urging the City Council to approve the Buzzard Point project before the summer recess.

*United has dropped a shadowy figure from its investment group.

*DCU homegrown forward Michael Seaton has reported to Jamaican national team camp for friendlies against Serbia on Monday at Red Bull Arena; Switzerland next Friday in Lucerne; Egypt on June 4 at Leyton Orient in London; and France on June 8 in Lille.

*Spain has chosen Catholic University for training June 3-5 in Washington, leading to the June 7 friendly against El Salvador at FedEx Field. Sessions are closed to the public.

*Latest ticket sales for Washington events: 15,000 for Honduras vs. Turkey on Thursday at RFK Stadium, 37,000 for the Spain-ES, DCU-Columbus doubleheader at FedEx.

*A UK source tells me Orlando City, which will enter MLS next year, has approached Premier League veteran midfielder Joe Cole, 32, who was released by West Ham on Friday. Cole (56 England caps) is among several Orlando targets for its maiden season in the top flight.

*The NWSL’s Washington Spirit (3-4-1) are off this weekend but will hold a Memorial Day matinee against the expansion Houston Dash (1-6-1) on Monday at 4 p.m. at Maryland SoccerPlex.

*The Richmond Kickers, United’s third-division affiliates, announced they will host the Premier League’s Crystal Palace on July 28 at City Stadium. On the league calendar, the Kickers (4-1-4) carry a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3) into tonight’s home match against the Charlotte Eagles (3-5-0).

*The Georgetown men’s program, College Cup finalist in 2012 and NCAA tournament participant last season, will open the 2014 campaign with matches against national powers Indiana and Notre Dame. [Full schedule]

 

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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