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D.C. United news & notes: Injury updates, Jaime Moreno’s job, Chris Pontius’s mustache

*Midfielders Clyde Simms (calf) and Chris Pontius (calf) and defender Marc Burch (hamstring) are available for Saturday’s match against FC Dallas at RFK Stadium. Burch was not in uniform Wednesday while Simms and Pontius departed in the second half of the 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders.

“Everyone seems okay,” Coach Ben Olsen said.

Midfielder Kurt Morsink (concussion) and defender Jed Zayner (hamstring) remain out. “We’re being cautious with Morsink; he just got back to training,” Olsen said. “We’ll be smart with him.”

*United is seeking to win consecutive league matches for the first time since June 2009. Yes, almost two years.

“We need to change the culture here, and it starts by putting a good game after a pretty good game — that’s a big part of why we haven’t been successful,” Olsen said. “Our challenge is to come back with the right mind-set. We’re ready to take that next step.”

*Jaime Moreno, MLS’s career scoring leader who retired after last season and joined United’s development program, was named coach of the club’s newly formed under-23 squad, which will consist of college players and play against MLS reserve and PDL teams.

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Pontius’s brief mustache experiment has come to a tragic end.

“Too many people looked at me creepily in the convenience store,” he said. “So I shaved it. Dax [McCarty] said if I kept it, he would buy me lunch for a weekend and take me to Fogo De Chao [the Brazilian churrascaria]. I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t have it in me.”

How long did it actually last?

“Until someone looked at me weird and then I said, ‘Okay, it’s got to go.’ ”

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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