*D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic, who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, will travel with the MLS club to the West Coast and be evaluated in the days ahead of Saturday’s match against Chivas USA, Coach Ben Olsen said. Jakovic has partnered with Brandon McDonald in central defense but missed a recent Canada national team call-up with the injury.
Other injuries: No. 3 goalkeeper Steve Cronin (shoulder) is out; forward Josh Wolff (hip flexor) said he thinks he will be able to contribute in some capacity Saturday; and defender Jed Zayner (knee) remains sidelined after knee surgery. Bone issues are delaying his comeback. “He still has got a way to go,” Olsen said, in response to a question about whether Zayner would return this season.
*Midfielder Andy Najar made his second appearance — and first start — for the Honduras national team Wednesday. He played 45 minutes and drew positive reviews from Honduran media in the 3-0 loss to Paraguay in a friendly in San Pedro Sula.
Midfielder-forward Dwayne De Rosario played all 90 in Canada’s 3-0 victory at Puerto Rico in a World Cup qualifier. Canada (2-0-0) will continue second-round group play Oct. 7 at St. Lucia (1-0-1) and Oct. 11 against Puerto Rico (0-1-1) in Toronto — a conflict with United’s league match at Vancouver on Oct. 12.
Goalkeeper Bill Hamid accompanied the U.S. national team squad to Brussels for the 1-0 loss to Belgium, but as expected, served as Tim Howard’s back-up and didn’t play.
Najar, De Rosario and Hamid will rejoin United ahead of Saturday’s match at Home Depot Center.
*Midfielder Chris Pontius returned to Washington this week after spending time in U.S. camp, his second career call-up. He wasn’t selected for the game-day roster against Costa Rica — he watched former DCU roommate Rodney Wallace score for the Ticos — and was dropped ahead of the Belgium match.
Nonetheless, “It was good, tough, challenging, obviously another level. I went into it with an open mind. I was happy to get called in [as a late roster replacement] and wanted to get my face known around some of the guys I have not met and obviously the coaching staff. I was disappointed not to play in the game, but as long as I take care of things with D.C., hopefully another opportunity comes.”
*Midfielder Santino Quaranta, on the 20-day gap between matches: ”As a group, we were getting a little uptight, cranky with each other, getting a little negative. I think that this week has been great. The guys got away for a couple days [holiday weekend], come back it’s positive and energetic again.”
*With the Sept. 17 match at Seattle, the club will stay on the West Coast next week, training in California for several days before traveling to the Emerald City. Twenty players are scheduled to make the trip.
*Comcast SportsNet in the Washington-Baltimore region will carry Saturday’s match at Chivas USA, starting at 10:30 p.m. ET.