El Salvador national soccer teams scheduled to play in Washington area

With a large Salvadoran community, Washington has become a second home for El Salvador’s soccer teams. And in the coming months, two of the country’s national squads are scheduled to play in the D.C. area.

On March 11, the under-23 team will continue preparations for the Olympic qualifying tournament later in the month by playing the University of Maryland Terrapins at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.

On June 2, El Salvador’s senior national team, which has played in Washington almost annually for many years, will visit RFK Stadium for a friendly against an opponent to be determined, promoter Elias Polio said. A contract hasn’t been signed but Polio said he has reserved the stadium on that date. (D.C. United is off that weekend.)

Polio is attempting to sign Honduras as El Salvador’s opponent.

The match would fall a week before CONCACAF’s semifinal round of 2014 World Cup qualifying commences. El Salvador will play at Costa Rica on June 8 and host Mexico four days later, while Honduras has a home match against Panama and an away game with Canada on those respective dates.

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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