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Monday kickaround: Dwayne De Rosario, MLS playoffs, WPS, Virginia Cavaliers, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan in ESPN promo

As we await MLS to name Dwayne De Rosario the player of the week again, recognize him for goal of the week (take your pick) and, with all due respect to old friend Dax McCarty, proclaim the D.C. United-New York trade the swindle of the league’s lifespan, you should know:

*The Eastern Conference has a good chance of sending just as many clubs to the playoffs as the superior Western Conference (five apiece). That’s because, after Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake and Dallas, there’s a drop-off that allows the East to compete for two of the four wild-card slots. That said, the East remains stuck in mediocrity — albeit competitive mediocrity: Philadelphia is the only club to have won two more games than it has lost; Houston is in first place despite a 0 goal difference and a 1-6-9 away record; if the Dynamo were still in the West, it would be tied for fifth place; sixth-place DCU’s 5-5-4 road mark is by far the best; and four teams overall have won just once away.

*Still time to vote in the Soccer Insider poll concerning United’s playoff outlook.

*Women's Professional Soccer has named Jennifer O’Sullivan from the Arena Football League as its CEO.

*The University of Virginia has fielded a strong women’s soccer program for decades, but during that time, the Cavaliers had never defeated national titan North Carolina — until Sunday. A golden goal by junior forward Caroline Miller (Walter Johnson High, Bethesda) lifted visiting Virginia to a 1-0 victory over the Tar Heels, its first victory over UNC in 38 attempts (1-35-2). Watch the video here.

*Hope Solo and Alex Morgan from the U.S. women’s national team star in an ESPN “SportsCenter” promo. Not funny but take a look anyway:

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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