Tuesday kickaround

September 2, 2014
(Washington Post) (Washington Post)

*Julian Green is with a big club, which is great for him and U.S. soccer. The problem is, on a Bayern Munich squad loaded with stars, he was not going to play often. At age 19, he needs games, and not just with the reserve squad in the German fourth division. So Green, the 19-year-old forward who scored against Belgium at the World Cup, is going on a season-long loan to Hamburg. He is on assignment with the national team in Prague for Wednesday’s friendly against the Czech Republic, then will report to Hamburg, which failed to score in its first two Bundesliga matches.

The club returns from the international break Sept. 14 at Hannover. Hamburg’s primary attackers in a 3-0 home loss to Paderborn on Saturday were Croatia’s Ivo Ilicevic, 27; the Netherlands’ Rafael van der Vaart, 31; Turkey’s Tolgay Arslan, 24; and Germany’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 22, who scored 13 goals in 20 league appearances after arriving from Hertha Berlin last winter.

*Defender Geoff Cameron was scratched from the U.S. squad with an abdominal strain suffered with Stoke City last week. No replacement was named.

Jurgen Klinsmann announced goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando will split the minutes in the Czech match. Teams are allowed six substitutions in friendlies. Kickoff in Prague is at 8:15 p.m. local, 2:15 Eastern time. NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage.

*The USSF has finalized an Oct. 14 friendly against Honduras at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., the third of four matches this fall for the Americans. [FAU’s stadium.] Aside from the Prague visit and Honduran match, they will host Ecuador on Oct. 10 in East Hartford, Conn., and visit Dublin to face Ireland on Nov. 18.

*Copa Centroamericana is coming to RFK Stadium on Wednesday with a first-round tripleheader:

Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua, 5:30

Honduras vs. Belize, 7:30

Guatemala vs. El Salvador, 9:30

(Panama received a first-day bye in the seven-team tournament.)

The Ticos were scheduled to bring 10 players from the World Cup squad that advanced to the quarterfinals, including Arsenal’s Joel Campbell. The Catrachos invited five World Cup members. Former MLS star Carlos Ruiz returns to RFK with the Guatemalans.

Univision Deportes will carry the Costa Rica-Nicaragua and Guatemala-El Salvador matches live and show Honduras-Belize on tape at 11:30.

One ticket gains access to all three matches. The price range is $25-$70, not including service charges.

The other first-round venues are the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (Sunday) and BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (next Wednesday). The fifth-place, third-place and first-place matches are Sept. 13 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The top four finishers will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The champion also secures passage to the 2016 Copa America, hosted by the United States. The fifth-place finisher will go to a playoff against the Caribbean’s fifth-place side for a Gold Cup slot.

*The University of Maryland men’s squad rebounded from a season-opening loss at Louisville with a 3-2 victory over Coastal Carolina on Monday in College Park. The match drew 4,695 spectators. The Terps will host UMBC on Friday night.

*George Mason won the Kuykenstrong D.C. College Cup with a 1-0 victory over host American on Sunday. The local kickoff tournament was renamed in memory of Shawn Kuykendall, the former AU and MLS player who died of cancer this year. Timi Mulgrew converted a first-half penalty kick. In the tournament opener, Mulgrew and Colton Amidon each recorded a hat trick during a 7-0 rout of rebuilding Howard.

*Makenzy Doniak had two goals and an assist and Brittany Ratcliffe added a goal and two assists as the Virginia women routed Villanova, 5-0, for their third consecutive shutout to start the season. The Cavaliers have not lost or drawn a regular season match since October 2012, a stretch of 24 consecutive victories. ACC rival Virginia Tech is 4-0-0 with a 16-1 goal difference after defeating Ohio State, 3-1. On Friday the Hokies will host Georgetown (3-0-1), which scored three times in the first nine minutes of a 5-0 victory over Towson.

*The 28 players invited to U.S. women’s national team training camp:

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign).

DEFENDERS: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns).

MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).

FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash).

The Americans will face Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah (9:30 p.m. ET, live stream at ussoccer.com) and Sept. 18 in Rochester, N.Y. (7 p.m. on ESPN2). Coach Jill Ellis will name an 18-player active roster before each match.

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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