*The outcome of the Democratic mayoral primary was never going to have a direct bearing on D.C. United’s stadium prospects, but with council member Muriel Bowser’s victory over incumbent Vincent Gray, United will have to adjust its game plan.
Club officials have been working closely with the Gray administration on the Buzzard Point project for more than a year — and with Gray’s term running through the end of 2014, they will remain engaged. There is still hope of finalizing a financial package and introducing legislation to the city council for a vote soon. But the reality is that Bowser is on track to become the next mayor; she will, however, have to defeat independent David Catania in November.
Bowser has backed down from her initial vigorous opposition to the stadium plan, and as I outlined on this blog Tuesday, stadium proponents feel they can work with her. Catania, on the other hand, does not appear to have any interest in supporting any stadiums. He takes great pride in having never stepped foot inside Nationals Park. (In a hypothetical matchup, Bowser has polled well ahead of Catania, a former Republican who is an at-large council member.)
*U.S. vs. Mexico viewing essentials tonight:
Kickoff: 11:15 p.m. ET.
TV: ESPN, UniMas.
Online: ESPN3.com, WatchESPN.
ESPN announcers: Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman, Alejandro Moreno.
*While the U.S. squad was making final preparations for Mexico, three fringe U.S. World Cup candidates were in uniform in Mexico on Tuesday night for the first leg of Tijuana’s CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against visiting Cruz Azul: Left back Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes, midfielder Joe Corona went 65 and forward Herculez Gomez four minutes during the 1-0 victory. The decisive leg is next Wednesday in Mexico City. In the other semifinal, Toluca won at Alajuelense, 1-0.
*Juergen Klinsmann‘s son Jonathan, a goalkeeper, was named to the U.S. under-18 national team roster for a 10-day camp in Southern California. The Americans will play friendlies against Canada and Mexico U-18s. Jonathan, who will turn 17 next week, plans to play at the University of California, starting in fall 2015.
*Today’s viewing schedule for the second day of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first legs:
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea 2:45 p.m. on Fox Sports 1, foxsoccer2go.com
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund 2:45 p.m. on Fox Sports 2, Fox Deportes, foxsoccer2go.com
*In its final tuneup ahead of the NWSL opener, the Washington Spirit will play the University of Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. Proceeds will benefit Headers for Hope, a charity supporting family and friends of cancer victims. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. The charity’s college tournament, featuring Navy, George Mason, Loyola, UMBC and Army, will take place April 12 at Howard High School in Columbia, Md.
*In case you have not seen it yet, Ian Darke calling an awkward first date: