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D.C. Council approves new United stadium

Major League Soccer

D.C. Council approves new United stadium

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D.C. United's plans for a new stadium at Buzzard Point were approved unanimously by the D.C. Council on Wednesday after a decade of setbacks. The roughly 20,000-seat venue will bring United up to financial speed with other Major League Soccer teams and provide the resources to invest in the types of marquee players previously out of budgetary reach. The new stadium will not open until 2017, at the earliest. Construction begins next year at the plot in Southwest Washington, four blocks from Nationals Park. With the new stadium, United will have the ability to sell naming rights and corporate suites, and collect a much larger share of concessions than it has at RFK Stadium, which United has leased since MLS' founding in 1996. United also is considering plans to build a new training facility.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

New York City FC: The expansion team has signed goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald (Loyola Blakefield). The Baltimore Bays alumnus played four years with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League and played at Wake Forest, where he was a member of the Demon Deacons' 2007 NCAA championship team.

Aaron Wilson

Major League Lacrosse

Ex-Hopkins star Boyle drafted 5th overall by Ohio

Former Johns Hopkins attackman Steven Boyle was selected fifth overall by the Ohio Machine in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft. Boyle was a three-time All-American and won the 2007 NCAA championship with the Blue Jays. He was selected 12th overall in the 2010 MLL college draft by the Boston Cannons and is an assistant coach at Brown.

More MLL: Chesapeake drafted attackmen Andrew Scalley (Archbishop Spalding) 35th overall and Dean Gibbons (51st); midfielders Matt Striebel (11th), Salisbury alumnus Sam Bradman (62nd), Ben McIntosh (75th), Jovan Miller (83rd) and Dylan Levings (91st); and defensemen Chris Hipps (19th), Chris Conroy (43rd), Matt Lovejoy (59th) and Joe Lisicky (67th). ... The Machine selected defenseman Ty Souders third overall with a pick from the Bayhawks.

Colleges

UMBC's Fernandez earns NSCAA scholar honors

UMBC senior back Marquez Fernandez (McDonogh) was named to the Scholar All-America second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Fernandez tied a school record with 25 games started and assisted an NCAA championship record-setting defense, holding opponents scoreless in four straight road games. Senior back Oumar Ballo (Archbishop Curley) has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Ballo and senior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) have earned All-ECAC first-team honors. Pete Caringi was named ECAC Coach of the Year.

Women's soccer: UMBC senior midfielder Jessy Brown has received NSCAA Division Scholar All-East Region second-team honors.

Football: Senior defensive end Ryan Delaire and senior cornerback Tye Smith were named to the Associated Press FCS All-America third team.

Lacrosse: Maryland senior defenseman Goran Murray, Johns Hopkins senior long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino, Duke junior midfielder Deemer Class (Loyola Blakefield) and Bryant junior goalkeeper Gunnar Waldt (St. Paul's) have been selected to Inside Lacrosse's preseason All-America first team.

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Et cetera

Nats get shortstop, trade Souza in 3-team Myers deal

In an 11-player, three-team deal that hinged mostly on 2013 American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers, the Washington Nationals pried away a potential shortstop of the future without hurting their chances of contending in 2015. The Nationals will send Steven Souza Jr. and minor league left-hander Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays for shortstop Trea Turner, the 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, and right-handed pitching prospect Joe Ross, according to a person familiar with the deal. The trade, first reported by ESPN, Jim Bowdenis agreed upon pending physicals. Myers will go to San Diego. The deal nets Washington a potential replacement for shortstop Ian Desmond, a free agent after next season.

Chelsea Janes and James Wagner,

The Washington Post

Redskins: Defensive end Jason Hatcher (right knee), Trent Williams (right shoulder) and linebacker Gabe Miller (ankle) missed practice. Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson and strong safety Brandon Meriweather both practiced on a limited basis for the first time since suffering injuries three weeks ago.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Major Arena Soccer League: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela and forward Lucas Roque have been named to the MASL Team of the Week.

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