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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Tuesday kickaround: Charlie Davies, Jack Warner, President Obama, Anthony Weiner, Qwest Field, Thierry Henry, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Jozy Altidore, Lionel Messi, Harlem Globetrotters, D.C. United, HBO, John Kerr Sr.

*D.C. United’s Charlie Davies explains his, um, “embellishment” against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. (Yes, yes, Charlie remained on his feet while preparing for a difficult putt at the club’s charity golf event Monday.)

*With a “presumption of innocence maintained,” Jack Warner steps aside. (Hit the road, Jack.)

*President Obama will salute the MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on Monday at the White House. (Does fellow Dem Anthony Weiner realize the Rapids play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park?)

*Speaking of stadiums, Seattle’s Qwest Field, home of the Sounders, is now CenturyLink Field. (The name has changed, the artificial turf remains the same.)

*Red Bulls General Manager Erik Soler begs to differ with MLS officiating about Thierry Henry’s red card. (Is there anyone left who doesn’t have a beef with a referee?)

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*Reliant Stadium in Houston is sold out for Wednesday’s semifinal doubleheader of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. (Build a stadium in Billings, Montana — Mexico will fill it.)

*U.S. forward Jozy Altidore will undergo an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring today. (Paging Chris Wondolowski, the 18-man match roster needs you again.)

*Argentina trounced Albania, 4-0. Video here. (Why would Argentina play Albania on a Monday — or any day, for that matter?)

*Lionel Messi won’t play for Argentina anymore. He’s been drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters.

*D.C. United’s under-23 squad will make its debut today against the PDL’s Fredricksburg Hotspur. (In case of penalties, U-23 coach Jaime Moreno gets to take one.)

*Tonight on HBO, “Real Sports” profiles the Qaddafi link to soccer. (Remember a few years back when D.C. United was approached about playing a friendly against Libya’s national team in Tripoli? Going out on a limb, I know, but probably good that didn’t come to fruition.)

*Soccer America’s Paul Gardner pays a heartfelt tribute to John Kerr Sr., who passed away at age 67. (Moment of silence for a deeply passionate pioneer.)

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Tags:  CONCACAF Gold Cup, President Obama, MLS, D.C. United, Lionel Messi

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