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Monday kickaround: Women’s World Cup, Under-17 World Cup, Copa America, David Beckham, MLS all-stars

*The U.S. Women’s World Cup triumph received prominent play in the The Post’s main section and sports section.

*Mexico won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the second time in six years, defeating Uruguay in the final, 2-0, before 98,000 at Azteca Stadium. Video here.

*Strange but true: Host Argentina is in an essentially must-win situation tonight in its Copa America group finale against Costa Rica (8:30 p.m. ET, Telefutura,, Check the tournament tables here.

*Victoria and David Beckham are parents of a fourth child, and first daughter. Harper Seven Beckham was born in Los Angeles, meaning she’s eligible for the U.S. women's national team, right? 2031 Women’s World Cup! Harper is a lovely name, Seven was David’s number with Manchester United and England. More details from Post colleague Matt Brooks.

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*Seven of the 11 players voted by fans to the MLS all-star squad for the July 27 meeting against Manchester United are from the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls: Beckham, Landon Donovan, Omar Gonzalez and Sean Franklin from L.A., Thierry Henry, Rafael Marquez and Tim Ream from N.Y.

The others are Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller, San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea and Portland Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury.

The first 11 isn’t necessarily the starting lineup for the match at Red Bull Arena. New York Coach Hans Backe will make his choices based on availability, form and tactics. As recepient of the most votes via fan texting, Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler also made the squad. The rest of the team, including two commissioner picks, will be named by next Monday.

*The Cascadia Cup rivalry — already MLS’s best with the Sounders, Timbers and Whitecaps — resumed Sunday, with Seattle winning at Portland, 3-2. The scene was intense but peaceful. The Sounders are unbeaten in eight straight, the Timbers winless in seven straight.

*In Sweden, U.S. national team midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was sent off late in Orebro’s 3-0 loss at Elfsborg.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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