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Saturday kickaround: Bocanegra and Edu score for Rangers, MLS playoff, D.C. United match, Arsenal prospect, Maryland Terrapins in action, UC Santa Barbara attendance

*Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu scored in the first 17 minutes of Rangers match at Dunferline.

*At the current pace, the MLS Eastern Conference playoff race will come down to the final touch in the final minute of the final match. The division continues to lack clarity after a 1-1 draw between Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union on Friday night at Livestrong Sporting Park. With a month left in the regular season, the three automatic berths remain up for grabs. Meantime, barring collapse, five Western teams are all but certain to secure passage, with another in the chase for a wild-card berth.

*After squandering a golden opportunity Wednesday, D.C. United tries yet again to claim three points at home but this time against a much more formidable opponent.

*The Capital Weather Gang presents the game-time forecast at RFK.

*USA goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, projected to join MLS next season, signed a short-term contract with Everton to compete for the back-up role behind World Cup teammate Tim Howard.

*Gedion Zelalem, the 14-year-old Arsenal prospect from Bethesda, Md., who was profiled in The Post earlier this week, had an assist in Walter Johnson High School’s 3-2 overtime victory over Blair — the Wildcats’ fourth straight win to start to the season.

For the college soccer roundup, including updates on the Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers, Georgetown Hoyas and a monster crowd at UC Santa Barbara.....

*The top-ranked Maryland men’s team (7-0-1) visits a Virginia Tech side (3-4-0) that has beaten then-No. 1 North Carolina and taken nationally ranked Boston College to overtime before losing.

*Virginia continued to stumble after a 3-1 start, falling to 5-4-0 with a 3-0 home loss to North Carolina.

*Georgetown (4-1-2) opens Big East play away at Villanova. Because of heavy rain, the match has been moved to Bryn Mawr.

*UC Santa Barbara drew 13,772 for a 3-0 victory over San Diego, the second-largest on-campus turnout in college soccer history behind the 15,896 at UCSB for UCLA’s visit last year.

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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