Wednesday kickaround

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*D.C. United will not acquire a player through transfer or loan before MLS’s international transfer period closes Thursday and instead weigh domestic and foreign free agent options ahead of the Sept. 13 roster freeze, General Manager Dave Kasper told the Insider. United is aiming to add one player and may also enter the trade market, but with the club out of the playoff race, the front office will focus their efforts on offseason moves.

*United’s Sept. 15 match against Los Angeles Galaxy has been moved to Sept. 14, a Saturday. Kickoff at RFK Stadium is set for 4 p.m. Jaime Moreno‘s Hall of Tradition ceremony is at halftime. (Moreno and Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena, the former United boss, remain close.)

Why the change? No official explanation was given, but the Galaxy will welcome an extra day to prepare for a CONCACAF Champions League home match against Metapan (El Salvador) on Sept. 18 and United prefers Saturday home dates over Sundays.

*U.S. Open Cup semifinals tonight:

D.C. United at Chicago Fire, 8:30 ET

Portland Timbers at Real Salt Lake, 9:30

USsoccer.com is planning to live stream both matches. The DCU-Chicago game is also available via streams on each club’s website. The other game can be seen on TV outlets in the Portland and SLC markets.

Stat of the day, courtesy of Chicago’s communications staff: The Fire is 16-0-1 in Open Cup matches played in Illinois.

*The Washington Spirit, winless in 13 straight, will face the Chicago Red Stars tonight at Maryland SoccerPlex — the start of a three-game home stretch to end a rough debut season in the NWSL. Since its only victory, 4-2 at Seattle in mid-May, Washington (1-14-4) has been outscored 29-4. Tonight’s game is available on the league’s YouTube channel, starting at 7:30.

*I’m hearing three unspecified clubs in two countries are expressing interest in acquiring American winger Joseph Gyau, 20, on loan from Hoffenheim. He played for St. Pauli last season. Gyau, from Silver Spring, Md., was called into the U.S. national team for last year’s friendly at Russia.

*The starting time for the U.S. World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica on Sept. 6 has been pushed back two hours. It will kick off at 8 p.m. local time at National Stadium in San Jose (10 p.m. ET). BeIN Sport owns the U.S. TV rights.

*Before turning his attention to the qualifier, Juergen Klinsmann will prepare for next Wednesday’s friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UniMas, WatchESPN). The U.S. roster is still days away. Bosnia, atop UEFA’s Group G in World Cup qualifying with a 5-0-1 record, set its list this week:

GOALKEEPERS: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City, England), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka, Bosnia), Jasmin Fejzic (Aalen, Germany).

DEFENDERS: Ermin Bicakcic (Braunschweig, Germany), Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk, Ukraine), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg, Germany), Ervin Zukanovic (Gent, Belgium), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split, Croatia).

MIDFIELDERS: Miralem Pjanic (Roma, Italy), Senad Lulic (Lazio, Italy), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim, Germany), Adnan Zahirovic (Bochum, Germany), Elvir Rahimic (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Haris Medunjanin (Gazientepspor, Turkey), Miroslav Stevanovic (Elche, Spain), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe, China),  Edin Visca (Istanbul BB, Turkey).

FORWARDS: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City, England), Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart, Germany).

Of note: At age 16, Ibisevic moved with his family to St. Louis and became an elite high school and club player. He played one season at St. Louis University (Soccer America’s 2003 freshman of the year) before signing with Paris Saint-Germain. [Bio]

 

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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