Friday kickaround

(Washington Post)
(Washington Post)

I am aboard Acela to New York City for U.S. national team festivities at Times Square this afternoon.

For your information …

Bad news for CONCACAF brethren Honduras and Costa Rica: In the first of three pre-Brazil tuneups, the Catrachos faltered in the second half Thursday night at RFK Stadium and dropped a 2-0 decision to Turkey, the Americans’ foe Sunday at Red Bull Arena. [My match report] Ticos striker Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake) will miss the World Cup with a broken foot. He is out three to four months.

On the brighter side, Post columnist Mike Wise wrote a terrific piece on the effort of Honduran players to steer children from gangs and violence in their troubled country.

Getting word Spain will not train at Catholic University, as initially scheduled, during a week-long stay in Washington leading to next weekend’s friendly against El Salvador at FedEx Field. After inspecting the fields, organizers recommended another location. (Chelsea trained on CUA’s campus last year.) The new site will be finalized Monday. Sessions are closed to the public. La Roja will arrive at Baltimore-Washington  International Airport on Monday and stay at an undisclosed high-end hotel in Washington. This afternoon, Spain will play its first pre-Cup friendly, hosting Bolivia in Sevilla (4 p.m. ET, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com).

The Post’s Fancy Stats, where numbers meet news, has posted an item looking at the potential assists leaders in Brazil.

World Cup tuneup tonight in St. Louis: Bosnia, featuring former SLU Billiken Vedad Ibisevic, vs. Ivory Coast, 8:30 p.m. ET (beIN Sports, Univision Deportes).

D.C. United’s official injury report ahead of Saturday’s meeting with visiting Sporting Kansas City: Chris Pontius (hamstring) and Nana Attakora (foot) are out, Chris Rolfe (hamstring) is questionable.

Davy Arnaud and Perry Kitchen have reached the yellow card threshold and, with a booking Saturday, would miss next weekend’s match against Columbus at FedEx Field, the nightcap of the doubleheader with Spain vs. El Salvador.

Comcast SportsNet and WJFK 106.7 FM will provide coverage of the DCU-SKC match. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

The Washington Spirit (4-4-1) will visit the Boston Breakers (2-6-0) on Sunday at Harvard Stadium (Live stream on the NWSL YouTube page at 6:30 p.m.).

Chilean miners support the World Cup cause:

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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Steven Goff · May 29, 2014

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