Digest: Former Terps Gonzalez, Zusi on U.S. World Cup qualifying roster
From Sun staff and news services|
Aug 27, 2017 | 11:25 PM
In the lead-up to two critical World Cup qualifiers, the United States will begin workouts today in northern New Jersey with a group familiar with one another and with coach Bruce Arena. All 26 players have served under Arena since his appointment last winter, including former TerpsOmar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi. Arena did have to make adjustments because of injuries: Center back John Brooks and right back DeAndre Yedlin, both projected starters, are not available. FC Dallas' Matt Hedges (five U.S. appearances) will join regulars Gonzalez, Geoff Cameron and Matt Besler in the central corps. Zusi and Eric Lichaj, who split time during the Gold Cup, are the top options on the right corner. D.C. United midfielder Paul Arriola was also named to the team.
Jets deal ex-Terp McDougle to Eagles for ex-Raven Brooks
The New York Jets acquired former Ravens safety Terrence Brooks from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday for cornerback Dexter McDougle (Maryland) in a trade of 2014 draft picks. The moves, announced by the Eagles, provide depth for both teams' secondaries. Brooks was drafted in the third round out of Florida State by the Ravens, 79th overall, one pick ahead of McDougle. He spent his first two seasons with the Ravens and played with the Eagles last year. McDougle missed his rookie season with a knee injury and had hamstring problems last year, but he dropped 14 pounds and 6 percent body fat in the offseason and appeared to be in the mix for a backup role for the Jets at cornerback.
Preseason:Andy Dalton was 8-for-13 for 70 yards and the Cincinnati Bengals' first-team offense and defense looked sharp against host Washington as the Redskins won each team's third preseason game, 23-17, on the strength of their backups. After generating 1 yard in the first quarter, the Redskins starters eventually put together a touchdown drive, but also went three-and-out three times. Kirk Cousins was 10-for-19 for 109 yards and an interception, returned for a touchdown by linebacker Vontaze Burfict, as Washington's first-team offense finished its preseason with nine three-and-outs on 15 possessions.
Women's college soccer: Senior Chelsea Jackson scored in the 22nd minute and Maryland (3-0-1) earned a 1-1 draw against host Furman (2-1-1). ... Mount St. Mary's scored four goals in the second half for a 4-1 win over host Hampton (0-3) to move to 3-1, the program's best start through its first four games. ... Towson (2-1-1) fell, 1-0, to host East Carolina (3-0) on Caslin Copley's goal in the 11th minute. ... Kristina Kelley scored from 40 yards in the 98th minute to lift Robert Morris (1-3-0) over visiting UMBC (1-2-1).
Women's college volleyball: Maryland senior middle blocker Hailey Murray was named tournament Most Valuable Player as the Terps (3-0) earned two wins Saturday to claim the Maryland Invite. The Terps defeated Northeastern in four sets, 21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-14, in the morning before earning a five-set win over Temple, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 15-11, in the evening.
College field hockey: No. 6 Maryland scored two second-half goals for a 2-1 win over visiting Saint Joseph's (1-1) in the Terps' season opener. Sophomore Bodil Keus and junior Sabrina Rhodes each scored for Maryland.
WNBA:Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 20 points and hit Theresa Plaisance for a clinching 3-pointer with 17.2 seconds left and the visiting Dallas Wings (15-7) earned an 83-78 over the Washington Mystics on Saturday night. In her second game back for Washington (17-14) after missing six games with a thumb injury, Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 11 rebounds. The Mystics fell two games behind the New York Liberty for a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Major League Soccer:Luciano Acosta scored off a volley from close range in the 71st minute and D.C. United (8-15-4) earned a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution (8-12-5) on Saturday night for their third straight victory.
National Women's Soccer League:Christen Press scored in the 87th minute to lead the visiting Chicago Red Stars (9-6-5) over the Washington Spirit (4-11-4) on Saturday night. Cheyna Williams tied the game at 1 in the 81st minute for Washington.