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Wednesday kickaround: Bill Hamid and Ramadan, Erick Thohir and Olympic badminton, USA women and medal hopes, CONCACAF men’s group finales, Real Salt Lake in Champions League

*With Muslims observing Ramadan, I spoke to D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid about balancing body and soul.

*Soccer, basketball ... and badminton? Erick Thohir is a new D.C. United investor, the key figure in the MLS club’s stadium hopes, and a part-owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He is also head of Indonesia’s Olympic delegation. In London, he speaks out about the badminton stir.

*The U.S. women’s soccer team is three victories from another gold medal, beginning Friday against New Zealand in the quarterfinals, but already the Americans have a post-Olympic game set: The USSF announced a Sept. 1 friendly against Costa Rica in Rochester, N.Y., Abby Wambach’s hometown. The complete Olympic women’s soccer knockout bracket is here.

*Olympic men’s group play concludes today with both CONCACAF teams primed to advance to the quarterfinals. Mexico (four points) is atop Group B and needs just a draw against Switzerland (one) to secure passage. Honduras (four) is second in Group D and needs a draw against first-place Japan (six) or a Morocco draw or loss against pointless Spain. The Mexico match is on NBC Sports Network, and Telemundo at noon ET. Honduras can be seen on at noon.

*Did Nat Borchers deserve a red card during Real Salt Lake’s 1-0 loss at Herediano in the group opener of the CONCACAF Champions League? You decide: (red is at the 1:17 mark of the video package)

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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