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Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, CONCACAF, 2014 World Cup, Women’s World Cup, Under-17 World Cup, live online chat

*More than 10 years after joining D.C. United as a guest player for an offseason trip, Dwayne De Rosario has settled in Washington. Here’s how the story looks in The Post’s print edition.

*Aside from United’s pursuits, De Rosario (as well as new teammate Dejan Jakovic) is preparing for 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Canada enters the competition in CONCACAF’s second round, with group play beginning in early September and ending in mid-November. (The United States has a bye until the third round, which starts in June 2012.)

Canada will play two matches in each of the FIFA fixture windows: Sept. 2-6, Oct. 7-11 and Nov. 11-15. While the Canadian duo would miss United training sessions, the schedule doesn’t conflict directly with MLS matches, though they would probably miss the Oct. 12 game at Vancouver. The November dates would interfere only if DCU reached a conference final.

For CONCACAF’s qualifying timetable and procedures, click here.

*Native country or employer? U.S. Coach Pia Sundhage faces homeland Sweden in the Americans’ Women’s World Cup group finale today.

*The Under-17 World Cup semifinals are Thursday: Brazil vs. Uruguay (4 p.m. ET, ESPNU, Galavision, and Germany vs. host Mexico (7 p.m., ESPNU, Galavision, Details here.

*You’ve got a lot of questions, I have a few answers. Join me for a live online chat at 11 a.m. ET Thursday. Submit questions and follow the action here.

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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