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Saturday kickaround: D.C. United, Adu, MLS

*With Bill Hamid suspended, who will start in goal for D.C. United tonight against the Vancouver Whitecaps? Steve Cronin seems likely to receive the nod over rookie Joe Willis.

*The Capital Weather Gang provides the game-time forecast for the MLS match at RFK Stadium.

*United midfielder Branko Boskovic, who underwent ACL surgery in the spring, wasn’t expected to return this season, and the chances of him playing again in 2011 are slim. Nonetheless, Coach Ben Olsen told me that Boskovic is “not definitely” done for the year. “But it would be cutting it pretty close as far as getting his game fitness and mentality back.”

*Freddy Adu has joined the Union — Philadelphia, that is. Speaking of the union (lower case “u”), we’ll await its updated salary list this fall to learn how much Adu is earning (based on a full season). Unconfirmed, of course, but I’m hearing that, after this year’s prorated figure, he will collect $600,000 in 2012 and $750,000 in 2013, with each year guaranteed. Adu will face his former MLS teams once apiece: at Real Salt Lake on Sept. 3 and home against D.C. United on Sept. 29.

*Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud has received an invitation from Sierra Leone national team coach Lars-Olof Mattsson to join the squad for an African Cup of Nations qualifier Sept. 3 against Egypt, one of his representatives tells me. However, Lahoud has been holding out hope for a U.S. call-up — his best chance is probably the annual January camp of mostly MLS players — and seems likely to turn down Mattsson’s invitation. Lahoud, 24, was born in Sierra Leone and moved to the Washington area when he was 3.

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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