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Thursday kickaround: American in Colombia, MLS red cards, USA-Paraguay, David Beckham with Sofia Vergara

*Diego Restrepo, the University of Virginia goalkeeper who wasn’t invited to the MLS combine, earned his first pro victory Wednesday, making several quality saves in America de Cali’s 2-1 victory over Pasto in Colombia’s Copa Postobon. This weekend, he is likely to serve as the back-up keeper in the Cali derby against Deportivo.

*What to make of conflicting information about Dejan Jakovic’s red card fine (or lack thereof)? My sense is that D.C. United Kevin Payne shouldn’t have said anything publicly about MLS promising to rescind Jakovic’s $250 fine for a mysterious ejection at New England last weekend. A full day after Payne’s claim, the league stated unambiguously that Jakovic was, under MLS guidelines, suspended for one match and fined. Period. But Payne’s assertion that the fine was waived suggests MLS quietly disagreed with referee Baldomero Toledo’s ruling and showed mercy by scratching the monetary penalty. A fine can be quietly erased, a suspension cannot. Otherwise, every red card would be subject to protests.

*In his ticklish way, The Post’s fan blogger Jeff Maurer reviews the USA-Paraguay friendly.

*Celebrity David Beckham, who dabbles in soccer, is making a commercial with “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara. Watch:

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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