It’s matchday at FedEx Field for the U.S. national team friendly against Brazil. To get you ready.....
*Ticket sales are around 60,000. A small walk-up is expected, as well. If you’re driving to the stadium, give yourself plenty of time. The mix of a large crowd and rush-hour traffic around FedEx is toxic. The Morgan Boulevard Metro station on the Blue Line, a little less than a mile from the stadium, is also an option.
*In a closed ceremony this afternoon at the stadium, the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame will welcome five new members: players Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola and Desmond Armstrong, coach Tony DiCicco and writer Grahame Jones.
*Weather forecast around game-time: partly cloudy, 77 degrees, 60 percent humidity.
*TV: ESPN2 and ESPN3.com pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Telefutura is also carrying the match.
*Kickoff time: 8:07.
*Earlier today: Spain vs. South Korea friendly, 2 p.m., on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com
*The last time Brazil played in the D.C. area: a 5-1 victory over Ecuador in October 1998 at RFK Stadium. Elber recorded a hat trick in front of 18,116.
*The last time the USA played in the D.C. area: a 2-0 victory over Jamaica last June in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey scored in front of 45,423 at RFK.
*Klinsmann has fond memories of facing Brazil in Washington: During the 1993 U.S. Cup, a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, the striker scored in the 66th and 89th minutes as part of Germany’s comeback from a three-goal halftime deficit in earning a 3-3 draw in front of 34,737 at RFK. Three days later at RFK, 54,118 watched Brazil tie England, 1-1.