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Wednesday kickaround: D.C. United vs. Seattle Sounders, Pachuca’s purge, Manchester United vs. Schalke

*Seeking to avoid a repeat of 2010, D.C. United (2-4-1) opens a critical three-game homestand tonight at 7:30 p.m. against the Seattle Sounders (3-2-3) at RFK Stadium. Read my take on the team vibe.

*”We’re as good as anybody else in this league,” says Sounders Coach Sigi Schmid.

*The Capital Weather Gang offers the game-time forecast.

*No local TV coverage. Direct Kick subscription service only. I’ll have more on this issue later.

*Other MLS match tonight: Colorado Rapids (3-3-1) at Houston Dynamo (3-1-3), 8:30 p.m. ET (Direct Kick)

*Pachuca has tossed its entire first team, including American World Cup players Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez, into the transfer market.

*UEFA Champions League semifinals, second leg: Schalke at Manchester United 2:30 p.m. ET on FX, Fox Deportes and (tape at 5 on Fox Soccer Channel, tape at 8 on FSC). With a massive Premier League approaching, Man U is home at Old Trafford seeking to secure passage to the May 28 final against Barcelona at Wembley Stadium.

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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