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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Wednesday kickaround: Chicharito, MLS All-Star Game, Manchester United, Barcelona, CONCACAF, MLS, FIFA rankings, Americans abroad, TV listings

*After Gold Cup duty and vacation, Mexico’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has rejoined Manchester United for tonight’s MLS All-Star Game at Red Bull Arena and Saturday’s friendly with FC Barcelona at FedEx field. Whether he plays so soon after returning remains to be seen. My profile of Chicharito , as well as all-star data, appeared in today’s editions.

*Before flying to the States, Barcelona is competing in the preseason Audi Cup in Munich. On Tuesday, Barca edged Internacional on penalty kicks following a 2-2 draw, setting up a final today with Bayern Munich, which defeated AC Milan on penalties after a 1-1 tie.

*Want to win tickets to Saturday’s match at FedEx? The Post’s Going Out Gurus have a pair to give away.

*MLS is off to a slow start in the 2011-12 CONCACAF Champions League following the Seattle Sounders’ 1-0 loss at San Francisco (Panama). Because it’s a two-game series, the Sounders are essentially down a goal at halftime. The second leg is next Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. Today, Canadian champion Toronto FC hosts Real Esteli (Nicaragua) and on Thursday FC Dallas visits Alianza (El Salvador).

*The United States dropped six places to No. 30 in the FIFA men’s rankings — a largely meaningless fall. The order is particularly important to European sides, who are awaiting the 2014 World Cup preliminary draw Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. With its Copa America title, Uruguay jumped 13 slots to No. 5 behind Spain, Netherlands, Germany and Brazil.

*I’ll be a guest on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show (NPR) around 1:30 p.m. today.

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*Americans abroad

MF Maurice Edu 90 minutes in Rangers’ 1-0 home loss to Malmo in UEFA Champions League qualifying (2nd leg next Wednesday)

*Soccer on TV (all times are Eastern):

Friendly, Hertha Berlin-Real Madrid 12:30 p.m. ESPN3.com

Audi Cup, Internacional-AC Milan noon Fox Soccer Channel

Audi Cup, Bayern Munich-Barcelona 2:30 p.m. FSC (tape at 11 p.m. on FSC)

French Super Cup, Marseille-Lille 2:45 p.m. Fox Soccer Plus, www.foxsoccer.tv

CONCACAF Champions League, Toronto-Real Esteli 8 p.m. FSC

MLS All-Stars vs. Manchester United 8:30 p.m. ESPN2, Telefutura, TSN, ESPN3.com

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Tags:  Manchester United, Barcelona, MLS

 
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