Spain in Washington before World Cup?

Spain, celebrating the 2010 World Cup championship. (By  Pedro Ugarte -- AFP/Getty Images)
Spain, celebrating the 2010 World Cup championship. (By Pedro Ugarte — AFP/Getty Images)

Reigning champion Spain is planning to play one of its final World Cup tuneups in the Washington area before arriving in Brazil.

According to Marca, the venerable Spanish daily newspaper and website, La Roja will use Washington as a base of operations immediately ahead of the World Cup. Canada has been suggested as a possible opponent, but other countries remain in the mix.

Local soccer officials have been preparing to host a major international friendly on June 4, eight days before the tournament kicks off. RFK Stadium is available, but FedEx Field, which seats about 40,000 more spectators and has hosted several high-profile soccer teams, might also come under consideration.

Spain’s Cup opener is June 13 against the Netherlands in the city of Salvador, a rematch of the 2010 final in Johannesburg.

For the purpose of climate and time zone adjustments, multiple World Cup-bound teams plan to train in the United States in late May and early June. England, for instance, plans to play Ecuador and Honduras in Miami. Ecuador will face Mexico in Arlington, Tex.

The U.S. national team will play three home matches between May 26 and June 7 before flying to Sao Paulo. The venues and opponents have not been finalized, but the last tune-up is expected to take place on the East Coast (probably the New York area or South Florida). The Americans are not expected to play in Washington during the send-off tour.

 

 

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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