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Sunday kickaround: D.C. United, WPS playoffs, Virginia draws at Duke before White House visit

*D.C. United should have gone ahead early in the second half at Toronto FC with two players in on goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Santino Quaranta missed the open net, but was he at fault? Perhaps he could've finished with his outside foot, but Andy Najar, who skipped through the defense, touched the ball too hard when Frei committed. What do you think?

*United alumni news: Former starting center back Greg Janicki scored the opening goal and Jay Nolly started in net in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace Baltimore in the USSF D-2 Pro League. Janicki has four goals -- the same total as United leading scorer Danny Allsopp.

*Box Seats, a new fan-blog experience that includes a witty United observer, is up and running on The Post site.

*Following Saturday's regular season finales, including the Washington Freedom's 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat, the WPS playoff schedule is set:

Next Sunday: Washington at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m. ET.
Thu., Sept. 23: Wash/Philly at Boston, 8 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 26: Wash/Philly/Boston at Gold Pride, 2:30 p.m.

*Reigning NCAA champion Virginia, ranked No. 2 behind Akron, scored late but then surrendered the equalizer in a 2-2 draw at seventh-ranked Duke. On Monday, the Cavaliers (2-0-1) will make another road trip -- to Washington for a White House reception honoring national champions from many sports.

By Steve Goff  |  September 12, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United , Freedom , USA 2nd division , Women  | Tags: D.C. United, Virginia, WPS  
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From the beer garden, it seemed like Solo came off her line but kind of stopped halfway. Whatever, it was a great finish by Wambach. Kia McNeill was victimized late, as she was last year when Freedom played St. Louis at the Raccoon Lodge downtown.

The pass in to Wambach was also top notch, perfectly weighted. Who hit that? Sauerbrunn? Welch? Sawa?

Posted by: OWNTF | September 12, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

McNeill seemed half a step slow all season, in terms of the trap.


What do we make of LA looking like their early season selves against Columbus last night?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | September 12, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The pass in to Wambach was also top notch, perfectly weighted. Who hit that? Sauerbrunn? Welch? Sawa?

Posted by: OWNTF | September 12, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Sauerbrunn--a nice assist on her part as she was more aggressive than usual in her left back position.

Posted by: Jedi65 | September 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Bad pass, bad finishing. Surprise. The important thing is there was no let-down from DCU.

Also, it's worth noting DCU is 2-2 (and a bad bounce away from 2-1-1) since Q earned the captaincy by smacking his coach.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Cap'n Q, from Planet Q, bringin that Qwazy energy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUSt-JQdPg

Posted by: OWNTF | September 12, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

You are correct. SQ made a great run and was wide open. A soft pass yields a goal. All SQ could do with that was lunge with his right foot. No chance to score.

Posted by: weliveindc | September 13, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I think Najar won't be making any passes to Tino anymore...

Posted by: marcool | September 13, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: OWNTF | September 13, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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