Good morning …
Chris Rolfe, D.C. United midfielder, all-natural eater and aspiring farmer, receives front-page treatment in today’s print edition. [The story]
Rolfe and several other regulars probably will not see much, if any, time tonight at RFK Stadium as United welcomes Waterhouse FC (Jamaica) in DCU’s CONCACAF Champions League opener. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2. [United’s approach]
In CCL action involving MLS clubs in faraway places Tuesday night …
The Portland Timbers earned a 4-1 victory over Alpha United on a cricket ground in Guyana, a South American country that is part of CONCACAF. [Video]
Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw with Real Esteli in Nicaragua. [Video]
Tonight, the Montreal Impact visits FAS in El Salvador. The New York Red Bulls will open Champions League play next Tuesday against visiting FAS.
*Expecting resolution to the Jermaine Jones saga soon. New England and Chicago want him, but the sense I’m getting is that the U.S. World Cup midfielder would rather play in Bridgeview than Foxborough. There is also the matter of money, the issue that hung up a deal with the Fire a few weeks ago.
*For Virginia-based football aficionados, this is worthy of your consideration Saturday night: The Richmond Kickers will host Orlando City in a meeting of the top clubs in third-division USL-Pro. Combined attributes: a 29-3-14 record with a +54 goal difference. Kickoff at City Stadium is at 7 p.m.
Forward Herculez Gomez scored on a 55th-minute header during an 88-minute stint in Tigres’ 2-0 victory over Irapuato in Copa MX. It was his first goal in any competition since last September. [Video]
Defender Ventura Alvarado, 22, played 90 minutes and scored in the 14th minute of Club America’s 6-1 rout of Bayamon (Puerto Rico) in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Forward Paul Arriola, 19, played 82 in Tijuana’s 0-0 draw at Tepic in Copa MX. Midfielder Alejandro Guido, 20, went 63 and defender John Requejo, 18, played 90 for Xolos.
Defender Juan Ocegueda, 21, went 90 for second-tier Alejbrijes in a 0-0 draw at Chiapas.
Eric Lichaj played 90 minutes at right back in Nottingham Forest’s 2-1 victory at Bournemouth.
Jonathan Spector went 90 at right back in Birmingham’s 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town.
Tim Ream went 90 at left back in Bolton’s 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough.
Today: 18-year-old midfielder Emerson Hyndman and Fulham host Wolverhampton.
*The U.S. women’s national team has gathered in greater Raleigh tonight for a friendly against Switzerland at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. No TV coverage but a live stream at ussoccer.com, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. All 10,000 tickets went quickly. Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has replaced the Washington Spirit’s Ashlyn Harris (concussion) on the 19-player roster and will back up Hope Solo.