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Tuesday kickaround: MLS, U.S. national team, World Cup qualifying, CONCACAF, Euro 2012, Phil Anschutz, summer friendlies

*American soccer is developing players up to the pro level and then, as one MLS coach says, it’s a “black hole.” Post colleague Paul Tenorio takes an in-depth look at the youth system’s shortfalls.

*The U.S. national team continues the 2014 World Cup quest at 10 p.m. ET tonight with a difficult match at Guatemala. If you missed it yesterday, visit this link for viewing information. If you aren’t able to watch or willing to pony up $29.95, I will provide live updates on the blog late tonight. No charge!

Much more.....

*Other CONCACAF qualifiers:

Jamaica (3 points) at Antigua and Barbuda (0), 7 p.m.

Honduras (0) at Canada (3), 7:30 p.m. Sportsnet (Canada), pay-per-view (U.S.)

Costa Rica (1) at Guyana (0), 8 p.m.

Cuba (0) at Panama (3), 9 p.m.

Mexico (3) at El Salvador (1), 9:30 p.m. (Telemundo)

*The European Championship continues with the second Group A matches: Greece (one point) vs. Czech Republic (zero) at noon and Poland (one) vs. Russia (three) at 2:45. Both are on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Who do you think will win today’s games?

*Six months after the Los Angeles Galaxy lifted the Phil Anschutz MLS Cup trophy on home ground at Home Depot Center, another Anschutz-run team celebrated a league championship in an Anschutz-operated building: The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup on Monday night at Staples Center.

*Still awaiting word from the Pittsburgh Steelers on whether they will agree to host a proposed friendly between AC Milan and Newcastle in early August at Heinz Field.

*I’m talking soccer with the great Kojo Nnamdi around 1:30 p.m. ET today. Tune in!

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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