Ahead of today’s doubleheader at FedEx Field, my primary story contrasts the vast gulf between world champion Spain and El Salvador, which is seeking to recover from a match-fixing scandal. And here’s a formal look at the D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew match, complementing yesterday’s news and notes.
For those planning to attend, FedEx has notorious traffic issues getting in and out of the area — not to mention a $40 parking fee. Plan accordingly. The Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center subway stations are about a mile away. [Metro map] Lots open at 1 p.m. Stadium gates open at 2 p.m. The Spain match kicks off at 4 o’clock. DCU and the Crew tangle at 6:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet).
VIPs expected to attend: pop star Shakira, Gerard Pique‘s girlfriend; Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III; renowned Spanish chef Jose Andres (who is profiled in Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine); and Claudio Reyna, the former U.S. international who, as a New York City FC executive, will keep a close eye on David Villa. At least one Washington Wizards player is on the list as well, but I don’t know which one.
Today’s televised friendlies:
Argentina vs. Slovenia in La Plata, 2:45 p.m. ET (beIN Sports)
Spain vs. El Salvador in Landover, 4 p.m. (live on Univision; tape on beIN Sports at 7 p.m.)
England vs. Honduras in Miami, 4:45 p.m. (beIN Sports)
United States vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville, 6 p.m. (ESPN, UniMas, ESPN3.com)
Last night, playing without the ailing Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal defeated Mexico 1-0 on Bruno Alves‘s stoppage-time goal before 56,292 in Foxborough, Mass. El Tri has not scored in consecutive defeats to World Cup-bound sides Bosnia and Portugal heading into the opener against Cameroon on Friday in Natal. Portugal will face Ireland on Tuesday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Alves’ goal:
*A music video for Ghana’s World Cup effort: