The Washington Times - August 1, 2012, 03:21PM

D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar and the Honduras Olympic squad Wednesday advanced to the quarterfinals, in which they will face gold-medal favorite Brazil on Saturday at noon.

With a scoreless draw against Japan, Honduras finished the first round at 1-0-2 and moved on as the group runner-up. Najar, who has started all three matches, went 60 minutes against the Japanese.


After facing FC Barcelona defender Jordi Alba in Honduras’ 1-0 win over Spain on Sunday, Najar is poised for a head-to-head clash with Real Madrid left back Marcelo in Saturday’s meeting with the Brazilians.

According to a Sky Sports report, Najar’s exploits have caught the interest of English sides Wigan Athletic, Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion. In my interview with Najar that ran last week, he called the Olympics “a great opportunity to showcase my skills and maybe get to Europe.”


United striker Hamdi Salihi has been called up for the Albania national team’s friendly against Moldova on Aug. 15. He will depart Aug. 12, a day after United play at Sporting Kansas City, and return Aug. 16, three days before D.C. hosts the Philadelphia Union.

Salihi has five goals in 16 games (10 starts) for United this season. He has nine tallies in 37 appearances for Albania.


A D.C. United video featuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first goal for Paris Saint-Germain and an interview with the hulking striker by’s Sebastian Salazar has racked up more than a million views on YouTube since Saturday night.

The club’s previous high on YouTube views? An interview with Ronaldinho ahead of AC Milan’s friendly at RFK Stadium in May 2010 that garnered some 117,000 views.