Digest: U.S. men's soccer team to play Ghana at RFK Stadium in October

Washington organizers have signed a contract with the U.S. Soccer Federation for a men's national-team friendly at RFK Stadium on Oct. 11, sources close to the talks said Monday.

ESPN reported the opponent will be Ghana. Kickoff time and TV coverage are being finalized.


Jurgen Klinsmann's squad last played in Washington in September 2015, a 2-1 friendly victory over Peru. The women's national team was supposed to play its Olympic send-off match at RFK Stadium on July 22, but after signing a contract, the USSF moved the friendly against Costa Rica to Kansas City, Kan. The reason was the TV slot: 9 p.m. on a Friday night.

Washington officials had been in discussions for months with the USSF about the October game. The men's match would come four days after a friendly against Cuba in Havana and about a month before the Americans would begin the final round of 2018 World Cup qualifying.


The October friendly falls in an official FIFA match window, allowing both sides to summon first-choice players. Ghana was a proposed U.S. opponent in Washington last year before the USSF reached a deal with Peru.

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Report: Local boys lacrosse players make commitments

Several local players recently have made college commitments, according to Severn rising junior attackman Dylan Gergar committed to Lehigh; Gilman rising senior midfielder Wade Oursler, previously an Air Force pledge, committed to Maryland; Calvert Hall rising sophomore defenseman Parker Byrd committed to North Carolina; and Calvert Hall rising freshman goalkeeper Jackson Marshall committed to Maryland.

Men's college lacrosse: University of the District of Columbia named Rodger I. Colbert head coach. Colbert, an assistant at UDC since 2013, has served for the past three years as the founder and director of RCDC Lacrosse Prep, where he works as the elective course leader for sixth- and seventh-grade students at City Neighbors Hamilton.

Major League Lacrosse: Ohio Machine goalkeeper Kyle Bernlohr (Maryland) made his professional debut Sunday night, making six saves in 24 minutes in relief of Scott Rodgers in the Machine's 14-10 loss to the host Atlanta Blaze. Bernlohr was selected by Ohio with the 11th overall pick in the second round of the MLL Draft in March, becoming the highest drafted goalkeeper in Maryland history.

Girls lacrosse: Bel Air-based Elite Lacrosse and Baltimore-based Rip & Run Lacrosse Club are merging to create the Rip & Run Elite Lacrosse Club, the organizations announced last week. Rip & Run director Brian Casserly and Elite Lacrosse director and Krystin Porcella will serve as joint club directors.

Women's college basketball: Maryland will travel to Italy this week to play two exhibition games, visiting Rome, Florence, Milan and Lake Como on the eight-day trip. Maryland will play TK Hannover of Germany next Tuesday and Italy Select on Aug. 12, both at 12:30p.m. Live updates will be available at


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