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Tuesday kickaround: USA-Paraguay, USA-Spain, Marcelo Bielsa, Jeff Agoos, Chad Ochocinco, TV listings

*Ticket sales for tonight’s USA-Paraguay friendly in Nashville have surpassed 22,000 — a decent count for a weeknight match against an unfancied opponent. TV coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura. Forward Edson Buddle, who didn’t play in the Argentina match Saturday, left the squad to rejoin German club Ingolstadt and prepare for a league match Friday.

*The U.S. Soccer Federation has spoken to former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa about becoming the technical director, chief executive Dan Flynn told the Insider. However, he also said that the USSF has had conversations with several individuals and a decision is not imminent.

*Why is the USA’s friendly vs. Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass.? In part because the World Cup champions insisted on playing on the East Coast. Otherwise, Spain might’ve ended up accepting an offer from China. Foxborough made a very aggressive bid for the match. Natural grass will be placed over the artificial turf, just as it was last weekend for the Argentina visit to the New Meadowlands Stadium.

*Jeff Agoos has left New York Red Bulls management to become MLS’s technical director for competition. He will oversee league-wide technical assessment, work with clubs’ technical departments, serve as a liaison with CONCACAF, the USSF and Canadian Soccer Association, serve as spokesman for competitive matters and participate in game monitoring.

*The Chad Ochocinco-Sporting Kansas City publicity stunt — a good one, at that -- nears the end.

*Former University of Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo is slated to make his second start for America de Cali on Wednesday vs. Pasto in Colombia’s Copa Postobon.

*The USL men’s and women’s clubs in Virginia — Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia — have agreed to compete for the Commonwealth Cup this summer. Regular season results will determine the champions.

For today’s complete TV listings.....

*Soccer on TV:

Ecuador-Peru noon Fox Soccer Channel

Germany-Australia 2:30 p.m. ESPN2,

Lithuania-Spain 2:30 p.m. ESPN Deportes,

France-Croatia 2:30 p.m.

Netherlands-Hungary 2:30 p.m.

Ireland-Uruguay 2:30 p.m.

England-Ghana 3 p.m. FSC

Colombia-Chile 5 p.m. FSC

USA-Paraguay 8 p.m. FSC, Telefutura

U-20s: USA-Suriname 8 p.m. ESPN Deportes,

U-20s: Guatemala-Jamaica 10 p.m. ESPN Deportes,

Mexico-Venezuela 10:30 p.m. Univision,

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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