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Tuesday kickaround: Freddy Adu, U.S. youth soccer, U.S. national team, David Beckham, MLS, Gold Cup

*My story about Freddy Adu’s first U.S. national team call-up in two years.

*Paul Tenorio’s feature on the academy system and the club-vs.-high school debate. What the front page of The Post sports section looks like this morning.

*Jeff Maurer’s ticklish look at the pool of U.S. forwards.

*Watch David Beckham play this week — but not for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Instead of preparing for Wednesday’s MLS match against the Houston Dynamo, he’s in England for today’s Gary Neville testimonial against a Juventus squad (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). The Galaxy granted him permission.

*MLS will send 32 players to the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The New York Red Bulls were hardest hit with five players leaving (Marquez, Ream, Agudelo, Richards, De Rosario), followed by struggling Sporting Kansas City with four (Rocastle, Auvrey, Espinoza and Thomas) and Real Salt Lake (Rimando, Alvarez, Saborio and Johnson). As the USA’s No. 3 keeper, Rimando is not expected to miss any MLS matches.

Seattle, Chivas USA and Dallas are unaffected.

Gold Cup teams with the most MLS players? Jamaica (nine), USA (seven) and Canada (six).

Players chosen for tournament duty will miss up to a month of club activity.

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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