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D.C. United news & notes

*Forward Danny Allsopp, who skipped Sunday's trip to Chivas USA because of a stomach virus, says he has recovered and is available for selection Wednesday against the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal at RFK Stadium.

*Defender Jed Zayner is out with a sprained ankle, not that it would have affected his status for Wednesday's match. He is Cup-tied after starting against Rochester and Charleston for the Crew, which traded him to Washington in early August.

*Defender Barry Rice, who made his first career league start Sunday, needed eight stitches to close a gash above his left eye, an injury that led to his departure from the Chivas game. He did not practice Tuesday and won't be in uniform against the Crew.

"He got sliced up pretty good on a headball," interim coach Ben Olsen said. "He can barely see out of it -- a big, red slice the whole way above his eye. He's a tough guy; he'll be back."

*Midfielder Branko Boskovic is off to Montenegro to play for his country in a pair of European Championship qualifiers. He will miss the Open Cup game as well as the league match with the Crew on Saturday.

By Steve Goff  |  August 31, 2010; 11:35 AM ET
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The last game DCU played was the best I have seen all season. The ball movement was sharp, and the movement off the ball was creative. Great work ethic from all players, especially Najar. Of course there were a few mistakes from rookie defenders, but if they play that way moving forward, they will win a lot of games.

Even Tino played intelligently.

One glaring absense--our central midfield. Branco might as well been in Montenegro, because he wasn't on the field!

Posted by: FbAller | August 31, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Odds of Branko picking up an injury in Europe? I'm calling 5:4

Posted by: benonthehill | August 31, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

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