The Washington Post

Wednesday kickaround:

*Ben Olsen, the man from Middletown: My front-page takeout on D.C. United’s head coach and the small town in central Pennsylvania where he was raised. The story received prominent presentation on the front page of the Sports print edition.

*Olsen and the MLS all-stars will face Chelsea FC tonight at PPL Park, the last of three big televised matches today:

USA women’s team vs. France at the Olympics, noon ET on NBC Sports Network, NBC’s Olympic Soccer Channel

Liverpool vs. Roma friendly at Fenway Park, 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2,

MLS vs. Chelsea, 8:30 on ESPN2,, Telefutura (kickoff at 8:50)

*The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tannenwald meticulously breaks down ex-Union coach Peter Nowak’s lawsuit against the club.

*Results of MLS friendlies last night:

Columbus Crew 2, Stoke City 1 (attendance: 8,976)

Colorado Rapids 2, Swansea City 1 (6,484)

Montpellier 3, Sporting Kansas City 0 (14,769)

Lyon 1, Montreal Impact 1. Lyon 4-2 PKs (19,225)

Aston Villa 2, Portland Timbers 2. Villa 5-4 PKs (20,438, including Tom Hanks)

Tottenham Hotspur 1, Los Angeles Galaxy 1 (25,676)

*American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (Miami, University of Virginia) will be in the 18 tonight for Venezuelan club Tachira’s Copa Sudamericana first leg at home against Barcelona (Ecuador). Fox Deportes will carry the match at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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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