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U.S. notes, MLS Cup update, United preview

The Portland Timbers aren’t very good but their fans are. D.C. United visits Saturday night. (Getty Images)

*U.S. men’s national team training camp will begin a week from Monday in Miami, which means Juergen Klinsmann won’t unveil the roster until a week from Monday. The squad will gather in preparation for the Oct. 12 World Cup qualifier at Antigua & Barbuda.

Following that match, the delegation will travel to Kansas City ahead of the Oct. 16 qualifier against Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park. The match is a sellout. Klinsmann will conduct a training session open to the public on Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. CT. Parking and admission is free. [Details here] Two key absences from the Jamaica matches early this month are expected to rejoin the U.S. squad: Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, who has resumed workouts with Roma after suffering a thigh injury.

Meantime, the proposed USA-Russia friendly Nov. 14 (FIFA fixture date) is close to being finalized. Russian reports say the match will be played in the southern city of Krasnodar.

*The other day, I addressed the complications of determining the MLS Cup venue, should the Supporters’ Shield front-runner San Jose Earthquakes win the right to host the final.  Today, MLS and the Earthquakes are quietly thanking the University of Washington Huskies, who upset the Cardinal, 17-13, on Thursday night. Another league loss would all but eliminate Stanford from hosting the Pac-12 championship game, which will be played the day before the MLS Cup date at the highest seed.

*Artificial turf. Narrow surface. Intense crowd. And oh yes, the Timbers. D.C. United will not have an easy time in Portland on Saturday night, regardless of the opponent’s record. I preview the match with a look at United’s challenges at Jeld-Wen Field.

*Portland game-time weather Saturday: 67 degrees, 0 percent chance of rain (no, really).

*The 10th-ranked University of Maryland women’s team notched an impressive victory Thursday night, scoring three late goals on the road to upset No. 3 Virginia, 3-1. At 4-0-1 in ACC play, the Terrapins (8-2-2) boast the best league start in the program’s 26-year history. Trailing 1-0, Olivia Wagner scored in the 74th and 85th minutes and Danielle Hubka added an 87th-minute goal. Maryland visits Virginia Tech (9-2-0) on Sunday.



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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Steven Goff · September 27, 2012