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Saturday kickaround: Barcelona, Manchester United, Juergen Klinsmann, Guus Hiddink, MLS, Matt Taylor, Special Olympics

*For those with tickets to the FC Barcelona-Manchester United friendly at FedEx Field tonight, parking lots open at 3 p.m. and stadium gates at 5 p.m. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes,

*Post colleague Paul Tenorio previews the match.

*Today’s forecast from the Capital Weather Gang.

*You can see me talking Barca-ManU on Comcast SportsNet in Washington during the 6 p.m. SportsNet Central show and listen to me on ESPN-980 at around 5:30 p.m.

*My take on Juergen Klinsmann becoming the U.S. national team coach.

*Now it can be told: At some point, the USSF did make a preliminary inquiry through intermediaries about Guus Hiddink, among other renowned foreign coaches on their list of possible candidates, but the price tag would’ve been much too steep. Klinsmann, as you know, was Sunil Gulati’s favorite for the past five years. Hiddink (Netherlands, South Korea, Australia, Russia) is coaching Turkey.

*Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio was suspended one match and fined $1,000 for his dive against San Jose last weekend. “We will continue to impose sanctions, and even increase their level, if necessary, in an attempt to eliminate this type of behavior,” an MLS executive said. Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch was docked $500 for giving the middle finger moments after the Saborio incident, an act caught on TV. Full details here.

*American forward Matt Taylor, formerly with Kansas City and Chivas USA in MLS, recorded a hat trick in second-tier Paderborn’s 10-0 win over fifth-tier Rot Weiss Ahlen in the German Cup.

*Video from Manchester United’s clinic with Special Olympics team at American University on Friday:

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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