*Post columnist Sally Jenkins writes about the U.S. Women’s World Cup team forging a new identity 12 years after the stirring 1999 championship. Her piece appeared on the front page of the A section.
*Manchester United began a five-game U.S. tour with a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution in front of 51,523 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Video highlights here. Next for MUFC: at Seattle Sounders next Wednesday.
*With Seattle’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy, the U.S. Open Cup semfinals on Aug. 30 are now set: The two-time defending champion Sounders will host FC Dallas and the third-tier Richmond Kickers, who have upset two MLS sides, will visit the Chicago Fire.
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*A Danish report says Brondby is interested in American forward Charlie Davies, who is on loan to D.C. United from French club Sochaux for the remainder of the MLS season. United has the option to purchase his contract at the end of the year.
*Richie Williams will become the sixth former player inducted into D.C. United’s Hall of Tradition. The defensive midfielder beat out Carlos Llamosa and Roy Lassiter. Ceremonies will take place Aug. 27 at halftime of United’s match vs. the Portland Timbers at RFK Stadium.
*Midfielder Paul Torres (seven starts as a sophomore last fall) has left the University of Maryland program to pursue a pro career. He has been training with D.C. United’s under-23 squad but isn’t expected to receive a contract offer from the MLS club. Meantime, the Terrapins have received a commitment from Parker Seymour, a starting defender for Canada at the Under-17 World Cup. He is slated to arrive next month.