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D.C. United news & notes: Chris Pontius, Thierry Henry, Branko Boskovic, TV info, RFK weather forecast

*D.C. United’s Chris Pontius has rebounded from a significant hamstring injury to regain a starting job and contribute to the club’s rejuvenated attack. Read my story about United’s third-year midfielder.

*Tonight’s match between United and the New York Red Bulls at RFK Stadium won’t kick off until just after 8 p.m. to accommodate live coverage on ESPN2.

*The game-time forecast from the Capital Weather Gang.

*Rookie right back Chris Korb, on Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry: “He is one of my favorite players since I started watching soccer. He is the reason I am an Arsenal fan. It will be shell-shocking for a little bit, seeing Henry for the first time after watching him for so many years, but after that, you’ve got to get over it and look at it as another game.”

*You’ve seen players with customized shoes, but customized shin guards? United midfielder Branko Boskovic has a pair, with his name and the Monte­negro emblem and colors splashed across them. He first noticed the specialized pads several years ago being worn by Portuguese forward Pauleta. More recently, Monte­negro teammate Stevan Jovatic of Fiorentina displayed the vanity guards, which are manufactured by a company in Italy.

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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