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D.C. United news & notes

*Why hasn’t Branko Boskovic, D.C. United’s designated player, appeared in either of the first two MLS league matches? Here’s an explanation.

*Rookie defender Perry Kitchen started in central defense and played 90 minutes in the U.S. under-20 national team’s 4-0 victory over Suriname in the Americans’ opening match of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Guatemala City. The United States will face Panama on Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes,

*The big question of the day: Will defender Dejan Jakovic have to pay a $250 fine for receiving a red card at New England last weekend? On Tuesday, United President Kevin Payne claimed that the MLS disciplinary committee couldn’t justify referee Baldomero Toledo’s card, and although the one-game suspension cannot be rescinded, the fine would be waived. However, an MLS spokesman said today there is no appeal process and the suspension and fine would stand. Stay tuned.....

*We hinted at it on Twitter a week or two ago and now it’s official: United has launched a second-division women’s team. In a partnership with the Northern Virginia Majestics program, the D.C. United Women will play at Maryland SoccerPlex and compete in the USL W-League, one tier below Women’s Professional Soccer.

The DCU Women will help fill a void left by the Washington Freedom, which moved to Florida. A coach will be named soon. The season opens May 25 on the road against the New Jersey Wildcats. The home opener is June 9 vs. New Jersey.

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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