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Thursday kickaround: Red Bulls in London for Emirates Cup, MLS suspension, Lionel Messi video

*The New York Red Bulls will, indeed, play in the Emirates Cup in London this summer. Confirming an Insider report from two weeks ago, the club announced this morning that it will join Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Boca Juniors for the July 30-31 tournament at Emirates Stadium. New York will face PSG and then Arsenal, whose all-time leading scorer, Thierry Henry, now plays for the Red Bulls. An MLS team has never participated in the tournament, but with a long gap in their league campaign in late July and early August, the Red Bulls were in position to accept the invitation.

*MLS is expected to announce the length of Brian Mullan’s suspension today. Last I heard, it’s going to be nine matches in addition to the automatic one-game penalty for the red card, plus a $5,000 fine. Meantime, in a case of mistaken identity, the league rescinded a red-card suspension for Sporting Kansas City’s Aurelien Collin.

*Results of Branko Boskovic’s MRI exam were negative, which means the D.C. United midfielder might be able to play Friday night at Houston. Boskovic injured his left knee late in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup match against New England.

*Lionel Messi’s brilliant second goal in Barcelona’s 2-0 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday:

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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