United gets Eddie Johnson in deal with Sounders
D.C. United has acquired U.S. national team forward Eddie Johnson from the Seattle Sounders, a blockbuster move by a Major League Soccer club starved for a proven scorer after the worst season in club history. Seattle received allocation funds, which can be applied toward roster moves. Per MLS policy, the amount was not disclosed. Johnson, 29, led the Sounders in goals each of the past two seasons, posting 23 overall in 49 league appearances. His resurgence with the U.S. team this year put him on solid footing to join Jurgen Klinsmann's World Cup squad in Brazil next summer.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Indoor soccer: The Major Indoor Soccer League announced that Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela has been named MISL Player of the Week for the fifth week of the regular season. Vanzela recorded the second shutout of the MISL season as the Blast defeated the Rochester Lancers, 12-0, on Friday night. Vanzela had nine saves in the win, lowering his points-against average for the season to 6.62, which leads the league. It was the first shutout for the Blast since Sagu blanked Rockford on Feb. 21, 2010. Joining Vanzela on the Team of the Week is teammate Frederico Moojen, who had two goals against the Lancers.
College football: Salisbury senior cornerback Andre Carter became the 16th Sea Gull to earn All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association. During the season, Carter intercepted six passes, which ranks sixth in program history for a single-season total; he finished second in program history with 16 career interceptions. This season, the Huntingtown native had 48 tackles, 30 of which were solo, and batted down nine passes.
Administration: Maryland deputy athletic director Nathan Pine Kevin Andersonis leaving to become the athletic director at Holy Cross.
Laurel Park: The Maryland Jockey Club and the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association have modified the January and February live racing dates for the winter meeting at Laurel Park. Instead of racing Thursday through Saturday during the first two months of the year, Wednesday racing will replace Friday on the schedule. The change was approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its monthly meeting Tuesday. Friday racing will be added for the final five weeks of the stand.
Wizards: Owner Ted Leonsis recently announced his intention to build a practice facility separate from Verizon Center, and Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray wants the complex to be located in Washington. Gray said this week he has spoken with Leonsis about possibly building it within city limits. Leonsis wants a multicourt center with office space, weight and fitness room, training and medical facilities and theater-style classrooms. He also wants the facility to be accessible to public transportation and "close by" Verizon Center. Gray and Leonsis have had discussions about a possible site, but Gray declined to mention the locations. Gray is willing to work with Leonsis but doesn't want a facility strictly for the Wizards.
Soccer: Open tryouts for the Baltimore Bohemians will take place Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at McDonogh. The registration fee is $35 per player, which must be paid in advance. All players will receive a numbered Bohemians T-shirt and one ticket to the first home game. To register and for more information, go to baltimorebohemians.com.
—From Sun staff and news services