D.C. United con­sid­ers train­ing over­seas

The Washington Post Sunday - - WASHINGTONPOST.COM/SPORTS -

Seek­ing to cap­i­tal­ize on Wayne Rooney’s world­wide fame, D.C. United is ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­duct a por­tion of train­ing camp far from home in early 2019.

Pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tions in­clude China, Qatar, United Arab Emi­rates and In­done­sia.

United will spend the bulk of the pre­sea­son in Clear­wa­ter, Fla., but with in­ter­na­tional travel un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, the sched­ule re­mains un­set­tled. MLS teams will be­gin for­mal work­outs Jan. 21.

With­out of­fer­ing specifics, Gen­eral Man­ager Dave Kasper said United is look­ing at “an in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion” for part of train­ing camp and that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is still fi­nal­iz­ing plans. Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the team’s plans said Asia and the Mid­dle East are in the mix. — Steven Goff

COL­LEGE SOC­CER

Ryan Sier­akowski scored twice in the sec­ond half to push Michi­gan State past James Madi­son in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the NCAA men’s soc­cer tour­na­ment in East Lans­ing, Mich.

The Spar­tans (14-4-4) move on to the Col­lege Cup to play Akron.

The Dukes (15-5-3) fin­ished a sur­prise season that be­gan with their coach leav­ing in Au­gust dur­ing train­ing camp.

Ju­nior Ni­clas Mohr gave JMU a lead in the 32nd minute that it could not pro­tect.

WIN­TER SPORTS

Ger­many’s Na­talie Geisen­berger is still per­fect in this World Cup luge season.

And Emily Sweeney de­liv­ered the first U.S. medal of the year.

Geisen­berger im­proved to 3 for 3 on the young season, with the reign­ing Olympic cham­pion win­ning the women’s race at the World Cup stop in Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia . . . .

Max Franz of Aus­tria con­quered the snow and fog for his first World Cup su­per-G vic­tory in Beaver Creek, Colo.

Rac­ing was de­layed an hour as course work­ers cleared a con­sid­er­able amount of snow from the track. With snowflakes still fall­ing, Franz found just a lit­tle more speed in a tightly con­tested event.

Franz won a down­hill last week­end at Lake Louise . . . .

Ni­cole Sch­mid­hofer of Aus­tria won a World Cup down­hill for the sec­ond straight day in Lake Louise, Al­berta.

Sch­mid­hofer was even faster Satur­day than she was in Fri­day’s season opener with a time of 1 minute 47.68 sec­onds.

RUGBY

New Zealand won the Dubai Sevens rugby ti­tle a record-ty­ing sixth time af­ter beat­ing first- time fi­nal­ist the United States, 21-5.

The Ki­wis eas­ily beat the Ea­gles on Fri­day in pool play, but the fi­nal was in the balance un­til two min­utes to go, when An­drew Knew­stubb’s sec­ond con­ver­sion to Dy­lan Col­lier’s brazen try gave the Ki­wis a safe 14-5 lead.

SWIM­MING

Two-time Olympic cham­pion Si­mone Manuel com­pleted a sweep of the sprint freestyles at the USA Swim­ming Win­ter Na­tion­als in Greens­boro, N.C., win­ning the 100-me­ter race.

Katie Ledecky, the 800, 400 and 200 free win­ner this week, fin­ished fifth in 54.76.

Manuel, who holds the Amer­i­can record in the event at 52.27, tied for the gold medal in the 100 free at the Rio Olympics.

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