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Tuesday kickaround: USA vs. Spain, Zak Whitbread, Diego Restrepo, Kelyn Rowe, Eddie Johnson, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid

*Advance ticket sales for the U.S. national team’s friendly against World Cup champion Spain on June 4 in Foxborough, Mass., have surpassed 45,000, the USSF said. Gillette Stadium capacity is 68,756.

*Another American is heading to the English Premier League: Houston-born defender Zak Whitbread, whose Norwich club clinched promotion Monday with a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth. Whitbread, 27, hasn’t spent much time in the United States, having grown up in Singapore and England. His father was Singapore’s national team coach. While Norwich is coming up, two Premier League clubs that employ Americans are in danger of going down: Wolves (Marcus Hahnemann) and West Ham (Jonathan Spector).

*American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo (University of Virginia) is slated to start for America de Cali against Depor in a Colombian cup match Wednesday. It would be the sixth overall start for Restrepo, who wasn’t invited to the MLS combine early this year and trained briefly with the Seattle Sounders.

*U.S. under-20 midfielder Kelyn Rowe (UCLA) is on trial at German club Cologne, I’m told.

*I also hear that USA forward Eddie Johnson, who wasn’t in the 18 for Preston over the weekend, has returned to London. Fulham owns his contract. A move to MLS this summer seems possible.

For the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid TV information.....

*Soccer on TV:

UEFA Champions League semifinals, second leg: Barcelona vs. Real Madrid 2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel (tape at 5 p.m. on Fox Soccer Plus, tape at 8 p.m. on FSC)

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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