The Washington Post

Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United investors and stadium, RFK friendlies, Jamaica vs. El Salvador, U.S. Open Cup semifinals, MLS

*How will D.C. United’s new investment team enhance the MLS club’s stadium prospects? My print/online story explores the possibilities.

*The story was featured prominently on the front page of the Sports section.

*United’s next home match is July 28 vs. Paris Saint-Germain, but club officials are also seeking an international opponent on a FIFA fixture date in October. Chivas Guadalajara and Santos Laguna were mentioned at one point, but it remains unclear whether DCU fill be able to fill the date. At the moment, only one of the three non-league games as part of the season ticket package has been set. If no deals are reached, the remaining two tickets would be applied toward the playoffs or next year’s ticket plans.

*El Salvador vs. Jamaica on Aug. 15 at RFK Stadium is official, local promoters confirm. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance (Ticketmaster, D.C. United, Latin American outlets), $40 on game-day. El Salvador, Washington’s most reliable visitor, played here in June, losing to Honduras in front of 41,000. Jamaica is preparing for back-to-back World Cup qualifiers against the United States Sept. 7 and 11.

*U.S. Open Cup semifinals:

Sporting Kansas City at Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m. ET

Chivas USA at Seattle Sounders, 10 p.m. ET (Starfire Complex)

Live video on the K.C., Philly and Seattle official Web sites.

If Kansas City wins, it will host the final, regardless of the opponent, on Aug. 7 or 8. Seattle, the three-time reigning champion, would host if both the Sounders and Philly win. A Chivas-Philly matchup would be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

*MLS tonight: Vancouver Whitecaps (30 points from 18 matches) vs. Toronto FC (10 from 17) at BMO Field, 7:30 (TSN/Canada, Direct Kick, MLS Live).

*Barenaked Ladies, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, and Cracker at Wolf Trap tonight in their Last Summer of Earth tour. Sold out. See you there!

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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