*Eddie Johnson, the U.S. forward who has played for Dallas, Kansas City, Fulham, Aris and Preston North End in the past five years, is returning to MLS. He signed with the league this week and will be available through the allocation order Thursday. Chivas USA remains atop the list after passing on Benny Feilhaber and Freddy Adu. The Houston Dynamo, Chicago Fire and Toronto FC are next, followed by Sporting Kansas City, Seattle Sounders and Columbus Crew.

Chivas is an unlikely destination for Johnson because the Los Angeles-based club acquired Juan Pablo Angel from the Galaxy. Angel announced the move on his Twitter page. An official announcement will come Wednesday.

Houston recently signed Honduran forward Carlo Costly. Would Chicago take the plunge on Johnson, 27, who didn’t score in 14 appearances with Preston in the spring? MLS wouldn’t have signed him without at least one club expressing interest, so Johnson will eventually find a new home.

*With Bill Hamid back from suspension, D.C. United rookie goalkeeper Joe Willis expected to return to the bench after his terrific MLS debut Saturday. What he didn’t anticipate was having to remain home for United’s trip to Chicago ahead of Thursday’s match against the Fire. Willis is suffering from back spasms and expected to remain in Washington through the weekend, which would mean he’d miss the Kansas City game Sunday as well. Steve Cronin will back up Hamid.

United’s Canadian duo, Dwayne De Rosario and Dejan Jakovic, has been summoned for World Cup qualifiers against St. Lucia on Sept. 2 in Toronto and at Puerto Rico four days later. United doesn’t have any MLS matches during that period.

*The WPS playoffs begin Wednesday night with third-place magicJack hosting the fourth-place Boston Breakers (7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel).

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*Box Seats blogger Jeff Maurer looks back at United’s 4-0 victory over Vancouver and rates the players.

*George Washington University men’s coach George Lidster will retire after this season, his 24th with the D.C. program.

*Americans abroad:


F Robbie Findley 33 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win at Doncaster

MF Anton Peterlin 90 in Walsall’s 3-2 loss at Sheffield United

*Soccer on TV (all times are Eastern):

UEFA Champions League, Odense-Villarreal 2:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet/DC, Fox Sports Net, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer.tv (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Channel)

UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich-Zurich 2:30 p.m. FSC (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus)

UEFA Champions League, Dinamo Zagreb-Malmo 2:30 p.m. FSP, foxsoccer.tv

UEFA Champions League, Wisla Krakow-APOEL 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv

UEFA Champions League, Maccabi Haifa-Genk 2:45 p.m. foxsoccer.tv

Spanish Super Cup, Barcelona-Real Madrid 5 p.m. GolTV, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com

U-20 World Cup semifinal, France-Portugal 5:45 p.m. ESPNU, ESPN3.com

Copa Sudamericana, Liga de Quito-Yaracuyanos 6 p.m. Fox Deportes

WPS playoffs, magicJack-Boston 7:30 p.m. FSC

MLS, New England-Houston 8 p.m. Direct Kick

MLS, Kansas City-Portland 8:30 p.m. Direct Kick

U-20 World Cup semifinal, Brazil-Mexico 8:45 p.m. ESPNU, Galavision, ESPN3.com

CONCACAF Champions League, Colorado-Metapan 10 p.m. FSC

CONCACAF Champions League, Pumas-Dallas 11 p.m. Galavision (tape at 12:30 a.m. on FSC)