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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 07/28/2011

Thursday kickaround: 2014 World Cup, Barcelona vs. Manchester United, FedEx Field, Alex Ferguson, Chicharito, Kobe Bryant, Juan Agudelo, TV listings

*Make your plans: The dates for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil are June 12-July 13. By then, Southwest Airlines will fly there, right?

*The Philippines national team, which includes many players with ties to other countries, including the United States, was eliminated from Asian World Cup qualifying with a 2-1 home loss to Kuwait (5-1 aggregate). Stephan Schrock, a German with Filipino roots, scored in the first half.

*If you’re planning to attend Saturday's friendly at FedEx Field between FC Barcelona and Manchester United, you should know that parking lots will open at 3 p.m., gates at 5 p.m., and kickoff is around 7 p.m. The parking fee was included in the price of your ticket. Refreshments and interactive games will be available on the plaza level. The first 65,000 to enter stadium will receive a Manchester United lanyard. Because of construction in the upper deck, capacity for the match is likely to cap at around 83,000. General tickets through official channels are sold out but many are available through stubhub.com.

*United Manager Alex Ferguson says he’ll play his starters (lineup to be determined) for 60 minutes and then make several changes. On Wednesday in the MLS All-Star Game, he replaced six players at the hour mark. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, who suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s training session, is out for a couple of weeks, Ferguson said.

*Barcelona arrived in Washington very early this morning from Munich, where the club won the Audi Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Bundesliga side.

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*NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has committed to play in the Mia Hamm charity match in Washington on Sunday.

*How protective has Red Bulls Coach Hans Backe become of 18-year-old forward Juan Agudelo? His comments following the all-star game:

“You guys [in the media] make him out to be the number one story. In two years, you will kill him. ... He’s far, far away being an end product. He’s miles away. He has to grow his way, take his time.”

*Soccer on TV:

Friendly, Juventus-Chivas Guadalajara 8 p.m. ESPN2, Galavision, ESPN3.com

CONCACAF Champions League, Alianza-FC Dallas 10 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel

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Tags:  Manchester United, Barcelona, MLS

 
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