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Friday kickaround

(Soccer Insider)
(Soccer Insider)

*D.C. United’s last chance for an away victory in league play comes tonight against Sporting Kansas City (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). Four clubs have failed to win a road match in MLS history, and two were in their expansion seasons:

2011: Vancouver Whitecaps, 0-12-5

2009: New York Red Bulls, 0-13-2

2005: Real Salt Lake, 0-14-2

2003: Los Angeles Galaxy, 0-9-6

United is 0-13-3, with draws at New York, New England and Colorado.

DCU will not set the record for fewest away goals, but it’s close: United has posted six, three more than New York in 2009, although the Red Bulls played only 15 road games. Second fewest? United in 2002 (six in 14 matches).

Midfielder Nick DeLeon, who scored a terrific goal vs. Philadelphia last weekend before departing early with a hip flexor injury, sat out training early in the week but is close to 100 percent, Coach Ben Olsen said. Forward Dwayne De Rosario is back in the mix after returning from Canadian national team duty in London.

Olsen, on the wild scramble for playoff berths and the Supporters’ Shield with two weekends left: “Interesting league right now. You never know. It seems like with [international] call-ups and CONCACAF [Champions League] and injuries and suspensions at this time of the year, it’s always an interesting dynamic down the stretch. We are looking forward to being part of it, even though we are not in the postseason. The drama of these games is a real positive thing for this league. I’m looking forward to our two games but also enjoying the race. It’s exciting.”

Game-time weather in K.C.: 45 degrees, 10 percent chance of rain.

Meantime, back in Washington, Post colleague Jonathan O’Connell is attending the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute meeting regarding United’s stadium proposal for Buzzard Point. Follow his Twitter updates here.

*The top-ranked University of Virginia women’s team maintained a perfect record with a 5-0 victory at North Carolina State, the Cavaliers’ final tuneup before Sunday’s showdown with reigning champion and fourth-ranked North Carolina (13-2-0) in Chapel Hill. Morgan Brian, who will miss the UNC match to join the U.S. national team for Sunday’s friendly against Australia in San Antonio, recorded three assists in the first 30-plus minutes for the Cavaliers (15-0-0). The  junior increased her seasons total to 11. Brittany Ratcliffe scored twice in 83 seconds of the first half.

*The sixth-ranked Virginia Tech women (12-1-2) edged Wake Forest, 2-1, in overtime, to extend their unbeaten streak to eight. No. 15 Georgetown (12-1-2) recovered from a four-goal loss at Marquette with a 4-0 victory over St. John’s for its 18th consecutive home victory.

*I highly recommend Post colleague Chelsea Janes’ profile of Memuna Mansaray McShane, a high school player in the Washington area with an extraordinary life story.

The story received prominent play in the print edition:


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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