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D.C. United news & notes: Ethan White, Andy Najar, trialists, RFK Stadium, TV, USA-Brazil tickets

D.C. United defender Ethan White says he hasn’t decided whether to have surgery for meniscus damage in his right knee, but club officials expect him to undergo the procedure soon.

“I’ve seen a bunch of doctors and there are possibilities,” said White, who didn’t practice Friday, the eve of United’s MLS opener against Sporting Kansas City at RFK Stadium. “I’m still getting more information every day.”

White could allow the injury to heal without surgery.

However, General Manager Dave Kasper said he expects a surgery date to be set soon. Coach Ben Olsen added: “I’m not a doctor, so I will wait for the doctors to tell me what the best solution is.”

White started 21 league matches last season and is fourth on the depth chart among center backs this season behind Emiliano Dudar, Brandon McDonald and Dejan Jakovic.

*Midfielder Andy Najar was formally named to the Honduras under-23 national team for Olympic qualifying. He will join the squad after United’s match against the Los Angeles Galaxy next weekend. Honduras will train and play its group matches in Carson, Calif.

*Still awaiting a decision about the final roster slot: Ryan Richter or Lewis Neal. Both trained again today.

*Game-time weather: 45 degrees, light breeze, 0 percent chance of rain.

*Transportation: Parking lots will open at 3:30 p.m. Metro track work is planned, so expect subway delays.

*TV: Because of NBA commitments, play-by-play veteran Dave Johnson will miss United’s opener. Tony Limarzi will take his place alongside color man John Harkes on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

*Looking for discounted tickets to the U.S. national team friendly against Brazil on May 30 at FedEx Field? A limited number has been made available. Call 410-347-2006 or 410-843-9560. Overall ticket sales are around 31,000, I’m told.

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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