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*In case you have not seen today’s Washington Post, there is a certain soccer team in Washington. My piece about La Roja.

*Spain’s practices at RFK Stadium are closed to the public, and after considering an open session Friday at FedEx Field for Saturday’s ticket holders, organizers decided against it (security and staffing issues).

*Aside from providing a stage for Spain’s World Cup preparations, Washington sports officials are using La Roja’s visit to prove FedEx Field’s worthiness as a 2016 Copa America venue. Local organizers are considering a bid to host the tournament final, among other matches, at FedEx. RFK would serve as a training ground, like it is for Spain this week.

*Leftover quotes from my one-on-one interview with Xabi Alonso

On his mad dash onto the field near the end of the Champions League final:

“It was hard not to be part of such a game. I am not used to being in the stands. I was nervous. I couldn’t control myself. I really enjoyed it. I had a clear jump to the dugout and made it out through security and I was able to get with the group. I felt I needed to share that moment with my teammates. Everyone told me the cameras caught me.”

On tiki-taka …

“I don’t really like the ‘tiki-taka’ term because sometimes it is not understood in the proper way. I consider ourselves a team that likes to have control of the game, and to have control of the game, keeping the ball and feeling secure with the ball, try to associate with each other, is important. We don’t have the quickest players for one-on-one situations, so that is why we need more buildup to create a chance. I know that is how tiki-taka is understood, but this is the way we approach games. We always need to be about the collective.”

FedEx Field, where he played with Real Madrid in 2009, vs. RFK Stadium, where he trained Tuesday …

“I like the old stadium. It has soul.”

*Mexico dropped a 1-0 decision to Bosnia before a sellout crowd of more than 60,000 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Video of Izet Hajrovic‘s goal in the 41st minute:

*Today’s friendlies on TV:

Netherlands vs. Wales, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com)
Italy vs. Luxembourg, 2:30 p.m. (Univision Deportes, RAI Internazionale)
England vs. Ecuador, 3 p.m. (beIN Sports)
Argentina vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 6 p.m. (beIN Sports)
Ivory Coast vs. El Salvador, 9 p.m. (beIN Sports)

*Post colleague Mike DeBonis has an update on the D.C. United stadium legislation.

*If United wins on the road against the third-division Rochester Rhinos on June 17 in the U.S. Open Cup, DCU will host the New England Revolution or the Richmond Kickers (United’s USL affiliate) in the round of 16 at Maryland SoccerPlex, the USSF announced. Richmond’s visit would occur June 24. The date of a Revolution matchup has not been determined. [Full USOC details]

*United will host an outdoor World Cup watch party at Reston Town Center, June 22 from noon until 9 p.m. (Club sponsor Leidos is based in Reston.) The U.S.-Portugal match begins at 6. Two large screens will show the day’s games. Some United players will attend. The event will include food, giveaways and other activities.

*Unbeaten in four straight, the third-place Washington Spirit (5-4-1) will visit the second-place Chicago Red Stars (6-2-1) at 8 p.m. tonight. Streaming video is available at the NWSL’s YouTube page. … The Spirit announced the signing of defender Alex Singer, 26, a former University of Virginia player currently with Turbine Potsdam in Germany. She began her pro career with the Washington Freedom in 2007. Also on the way soon is Bayern Munich defender Niki Cross. Both are nearing the end of their German Frauen-Bundesliga seasons.

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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