D.C. United will play its home opener March 17 against the Houston Dynamo. Problem is, its new home won't be ready by then. With Audi Field not scheduled to open until late June, United is in the process of finalizing a venue for that first home match — as well as an additional home game in the spring. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis is not available March 17 but is the front-runner for the second home date, sources said. Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds in Montgomery County and RFK Stadium, United's lair for 22 seasons, are among the candidates to stage the opener. A decision is expected next month. RFK is under consideration, sources said, even though the team celebrated the venue's farewell in October. There are no immediate plans to demolish the 56-year-old facility as the city weighs development options. MLS on Tuesday announced the home openers for all 23 clubs. On the first weekend of the season, United will visit Orlando City at 7:30 p.m. March 3. Eight days later, D.C. will serve as Atlanta's opponent for a 3 p.m. kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The league will unveil the full, 34-game schedule for each team in the coming weeks. In addition to the two early home matches, D.C. will end up playing about 10 away games before the new stadium in Southwest D.C. opens. United had lobbied the league to schedule all 17 home matches at 20,000-capacity Audi Field between late June and late October. However, citing scheduling issues and competitive advantages late in the season, MLS denied the request. Initially, United feared having to play three or four home games at alternative locations, but ownership was able to persuade the league to mandate just two. The club announced that announced the home games that won't take place at Audi Field are not included in the season-ticket package and won't automatically be charged to the holders.
— Steven Goff, The Washington Post
WOMEN'S College basketball: Ashlee White made a layup to give visiting Mount St. Mary's (3-8) the lead with two minutes left in the game and the Mount hung on to win 66-63 over UMES (2-8). Daly Sullivan had a game-high 23 points for Mount St. Mary's. Ciani Byrom led UMES with 15 points and Martha Thompson added 11 points and a team-high five rebounds. ... The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named UMES freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles Co-Rookie of the Week. Gill-Miles went 8-for-12 from the field, scoring 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her second double double of the season in a win over Wesley College. ... Paige Walpole scored a game-high 12 points to help Misericordia to a 69-45 win over Washington College at the Cruzin' Classic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Men's college water polo: Navy announced that Mladen Stanicic will depart after 13 seasons with the Midshipmen. Stanicic, who began as the interim head coach in 2013, ends his tenure with an overall record of 73-68 (.518), including 52-59 (.468) during his four full seasons as head coach.
Women's college soccer: Maryland freshman midfielder Malikae Dayes participated in Canada's final under-20 camp of 2017 in Burnaby, British Columbia, from Dec. 10 to Monday. The camp helped prepare the team for the CONCACAF U-20 championship in Trindad and Tobago in January. That tournament is a qualifier for the FIFA 2018 U-20 World Cup in France.
Boys soccer: Dates for Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski's camps this summer have been set, and registration is open. Summer day camps are June 18-22, with separate sessions in College Park, Columbia and Potomac. Advanced residential and extended day camp takes place in College Park on June 27-30. The Maryland youth and high school elite camp is July 14-17. For more information and to reserve a spot, go to marylandsoccercamp.com.
— From Sun staff and news services