*A week after being inducted into D.C. United’s Hall of Tradition, Richie Williams was named head coach of the U.S. under-18 national team. The leadership of the junior squads under Juergen Klinsmann is now set: Caleb Porter (under-23s), Tab Ramos (U-20s), Williams (U-18s) and Wilmer Cabrera, the only holdover, with the U-17s.
*On the MLS coaching front, Steve Nicol is out as boss of the New England Revolution after 10 seasons and four MLS Cup second-place finishes. Will former Revs midfielder Steve Ralston, now a Houston Dynamo assistant, receive an offer?
*D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario is the MLS Golden Boot winner, by virtue of his 12-3 advantage in assists over San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski. Both scored 16 goals.
*Bolstered by expansion teams in Portland and Vancouver, MLS average attendance shot up to 17,872, the highest mark in the league’s 16-season history. Seattle was the leader for the third straight year (38,496).
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*The U.S. women’s national team will play Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic in group play of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament in Vancouver in January. The other group is Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti. Two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals. The two finalists will receive automatic berths in the 2012 Summer Games. The men’s tournament will take place in the spring at U.S. venues that have yet to be made public.
*Soccer on TV and online:
Spain, Granada-Barcelona 2 p.m. ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com
Italy, Juventus-Fiorentina 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer, Fox Deportes
England Carling Cup, Aldershot-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, foxsoccer.tv
German Cup, Dortmund-Dresden 2:30 p.m. ESPN3.com
Spain, Sevilla-Santander 4 p.m. GolTV
Copa Sudamericana, Independiente Santa Fe-Botafogo 8 p.m. Fox Deportes