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Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF, MLS, Stankovic’s goal, Americans abroad, TV listings

*The full story about Andy Najar’s commitment to Honduras and the impact on D.C. United.

*A quick look at tonight’s U.S. Open Cup qualifier between United and the Philadelphia Union at Maryland SoccerPlex. The Capital Weather Gang has the game-time forecast.

*With a Under-20 World Cup berth at stake, the United States faces the host team, Guatemala ,in a CONCACAF quarterfinal tonight (10 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes, Also tonight, Honduras plays Panama, and with a victory, would create an opportunity for Najar to play in the U-20 World Cup in July/August in Colombia. Last night, Costa Rica routed Cuba, 6-1, and Mexico defeated Canada, 3-0, to secure passage.

*American defender Clarence Goodson has returned to training with Brondby after recovering from a broken toe.

*Soccer America’s Ridge Mahoney writes about the perils of MLS possibly moving to the international calendar.

*Video of Dejan Stankovic’s goal from midfield in the the first minute against Schalke.

*I will be Post columnist Tracee Hamilton’s special guest for a live online chat Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. Submit questions here.

For Americans abroad and TV listings.....

*Americans abroad:

MF Maurice Edu 90 in Rangers’ 2-0 win at St. Johnstone

F Eddie Johnson 83 in Preston’s 2-1 loss at Reading

MF Anton Peterlin 90 in Plymouth’s 2-0 loss at Leyton Orient

*Soccer on TV:

UEFA Champions League, Chelsea-Manchester United 2:30 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Plus)

UEFA Champions League, Barcelona-Shakhtar Donetsk 2:30 p.m. FSP, (tape at 5 on FSC)

South America U-17s, Uruguay-Colombia 4:45 p.m. ESPN Deportes,

Copa Libertadores, Jaguares-Internacional 6:30 p.m. Fox Deportes

CONCACAF U-20s, Honduras-Panama 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes,,

South America U-17s, Argentina-Ecuador 7 p.m. ESPN Deportes,

CONCACAF Champions League, Cruz Azul-Monterrey 8 p.m. FSC, Telefutura

MLS, Vancouver-New England 10 p.m. Direct Kick, TSN

CONCACAF U-20s, Guatemala-USA 10 p.m. ESPN Deportes,,

Copa Libertadores, America-Argentinos Juniors 11 p.m. Fox Deportes

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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