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Friday kickaround: Bob Bradley in Washington for World Cup bid, Brian McBride to retire, Branko Boskovic boosts Montenegro

*U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley is coming to Washington next week to serve in the American delegation welcoming FIFA's 2018/22 World Cup inspection group, the Insider has learned. The second stop on a five-city tour, Washington will welcome the visitors to George Mason University in nearby Fairfax, Va. (a potential training site), the Washington Monument (the proposed location for Fan Fest) and FedEx Field, which could end up hosting up to six matches. There will also be meetings with local and national political figures.

With 92,000 seats, FedEx Field easily meets the minimum requirement of 80,000 to host the opening game or final. However, envisioning a stadium's role in a tournament eight or 12 years away -- if it's going to happen, don't bet on 2018 -- is pointless. By then, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder might have constructed a new playpen to match the rival Cowboys' mega-arena. FedEx is actually too narrow for World Cup specifications and would need about $1 million in renovations to widen the corners, which curve inward. I'll have much more on Washington's role in the U.S. World Cup bid next week.

*Brian McBride, perhaps the classiest player to ever represent the United States and a goal scorer in two World Cups, announced that he will retire at the end of the 2010 MLS season with the Chicago Fire.

*D.C. United midfielder Branko Boskovic played 74 minutes in Montenegro's 1-0 victory over visiting Wales in a 2012 European Championship qualifier.

By Steve Goff  |  September 3, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , European Championship , MLS , U.S. men's national team , USA World Cup bid  | Tags: Bob Bradley, Brian McBride, D.C. United, World Cup  
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Boskovic couldn't go the full 90 for his national team either :-)

Posted by: griffin1108 | September 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

McBride is indeed a class act.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | September 3, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

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