Pardon the absence. I am in Middletown, Pa., working on a feature about hometown hero Ben Olsen, the D.C. United head coach who will oversee the MLS all-stars against European champion Chelsea FC on Wednesday night at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
A few items to share.....
*On a conference call this afternoon, Paris Saint-Germain Manager Carlo Ancelotti said newly signed striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will arrive at training camp at Princeton from Sweden today and, barring any fitness issues, make his debut Saturday against United at RFK Stadium. Ancelotti said he would like to play him for 40-45 minutes.
*PSG will travel to Washington on Friday. Training is closed to the public. Saturday’s match (7:30) will not be available on live TV. Fox Soccer will carry it on tape at 10 p.m.
*This isn’t the first time United has played PSG. In 1999, the clubs’ under-12 sides met in the Danone Cup at Parc des Princes in Paris. After upsetting Manchester United, DCU lost to PSG. The D.C. squad was coached by Dave Sarachan and included Roma’s Michael Bradley, the New England Revolution’s Kevin Alston and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s A.J. DeLaGarza.
*Olsen appointed United’s Dwayne De Rosario as the MLS all-star captain. Per Chelsea’s request to use more than seven substitutes, MLS made a late addition to its roster: Philadelphia Union midfielder Michael Farfan, increasing the list to 19.
*The W-League semifinals are set: On Friday, second-seeded D.C. United Women will face third-seeded Ottawa Fury at 7:30 p.m. in Ottawa. The first match pits the top-seeded Pali Blues against No. 4 Quebec City Amiral at 4:30. The final is Sunday at 1 o’clock. All matches are available live at uslnation.com