No Messi, but Argentina still wins

(John McDonnell / The Washington Post)

Soccer’s biggest star, Lionel Messi, watches with a foot injury as Argentina dominates El Salvador at FedEx Field, 2-0.

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Disappointment at FedEx Field, drama at RFK Stadium

Disappointment at FedEx Field, drama at RFK Stadium

Argentina wins, fans lose. Chris Pontius scores, United triumphs.

D.C. United unveils a new look for its mascot, Talon

D.C. United unveils a new look for its mascot, Talon

New costume is kid, friendly, athletically inclined, and jacked up.

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev hit in head by lit flare during abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev hit in head by lit flare during abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier against Montenegro

The match was allowed to go on, but was disrupted again when another Russian player was hit by a thrown object from the stands.

Saturday kickaround

Saturday kickaround

Lionel Messi might not play because of a foot injury. D.C. United is home against the champion Galaxy. The Spirit has a preseason match. And the Kickers kick off.

Woodbridge edges Patriot on OT goal

Woodbridge edges Patriot on OT goal

GIRLS’ SOCCER | The 10th-ranked Vikings make the most of the extra period against a nonconference foe with Caitlin Sullivan’s game-winner.

MLS schedule gives no rest for the friendlies (or the qualifiers)

MLS schedule gives no rest for the friendlies (or the qualifiers)

The league will play a full slate this weekend despite conflicts with the international schedule — a boost for D.C. United vs. the L.A. Galaxy.

D.C. United welcomes short-handed Galaxy

D.C. United welcomes short-handed Galaxy

While other leagues around the world shut down, MLS continues to play through international fixture dates.

Washington’s soccer bonanza poses logistical challenges

Washington’s soccer bonanza poses logistical challenges

Advertised as a 4 p.m. start Saturday, Argentina-El Salvador will not kick off until 4:36 at FedEx Field. D.C. United hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy at RFK Stadium at 7.

Poll: Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

Poll: Is Lionel Messi the best player ever?

Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Zidane, Messi, Ronaldo ... who is the greatest?

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped his teammate’s car in tin foil for Nike

Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped his teammate’s car in tin foil for Nike

The Portuguese star took a break from practicing for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia to surprise Ricardo Quaresma.

Lionel Messi and Argentina teammates attend Wizards game, get excited about free chicken

Lionel Messi and Argentina teammates attend Wizards game, get excited about free chicken

Of course, lots of fans were checking out the soccer god.

U.S. concedes 2 late goals, falls to Denmark, 3-2

U.S. concedes 2 late goals, falls to Denmark, 3-2

Nicklas Bendtner completed a hat trick as the Americans continued to concede late goals under Jurgen Klinsmann.

Battlefield’s boys seek a fast start

Battlefield’s boys seek a fast start

BOYS’ SOCCER | After building a reputation as an underdog bracket buster, the Bobcats seek to become a consistent force.

Defending girls’ soccer state champion Battlefield shifts its focus

Defending girls’ soccer state champion Battlefield shifts its focus

GIRLS’ SOCCER | After losing several top goal scorers, the Bobcats will rely on possession and their defensive prowess as they begin their Virginia 6A state title defense.

Messi, in full bloom in Washington

Messi, in full bloom in Washington

ON SOCCER | The world’s best soccer player brings his extraordinary skills and magnificent feet to the D.C. area for the first time with the Argentine national team.

Swedish soccer team was supposed to be on flight that crashed in the French Alps

Swedish soccer team was supposed to be on flight that crashed in the French Alps

The Dalkurd team opted out of the fatal flight last minute because of its long layover.

Cristiano Ronaldo under fire from La Liga president for ‘provocative’ goal celebration in El Clasico

Cristiano Ronaldo under fire from La Liga president for ‘provocative’ goal celebration in El Clasico

La Liga President Javier Tebas is contemplating fining or suspending the Real Madrid star, but should he?

Erickson, Mennes lift McLean

Erickson, Mennes lift McLean

GIRLS’ SOCCER | Highlanders earn a 3-2 win at Stone Bridge thanks to late heroics at end of regulation and OT.

Messi and Argentina practice at Georgetown

Messi and Argentina practice at Georgetown

Leading to Saturday’s friendly vs. El Salvador at FedEx Field, La Albiceleste trained in front of several hundred fans.

German national soccer team to honor victims of French Alps plane crash

German national soccer team to honor victims of French Alps plane crash

The team announced it will wear black armbands during Wednesday’s friendly against Australia.

Car bomb explosion in Iraq kills youth national soccer team player

Car bomb explosion in Iraq kills youth national soccer team player

Mahdi Abdul Zahra, 19, played on Iraq’s under-23 team.

D.C. United’s Miguel Aguilar sidelined by work permit issues

D.C. United’s Miguel Aguilar sidelined by work permit issues

The Mexican-born rookie midfielder could not play Sunday against the Red Bulls and might not be available this weekend against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

How to watch Euro 2016 qualifiers and friendlies …

How to watch Euro 2016 qualifiers and friendlies …

U.S. national team faces Denmark, World Cup champion Germany hosts Australia, Mexico vs. Ecuador and dozens more matches to see.

Neymar, Messi celebrate El Clasico win with classic team photo

Neymar, Messi celebrate El Clasico win with classic team photo

Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Real Madrid is worth a party.

Video, match report from United’s 2-0 loss to Red Bulls

Video, match report from United’s 2-0 loss to Red Bulls

Bradley Wright-Phillips recorded a goal and assist as New York overran its rivals at Red Bull Arena.

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

D.C. United at New York Red Bulls

After a two-week break, United resumes MLS play by reuniting with the archrival Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: Pele takes a side

Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo: Pele takes a side

Let’s see what happens in El Clasico.

Americans abroad, weekend roundup

Americans abroad, weekend roundup

Rubio Rubin scored his 3rd goal of Eredivisie season, Tim Howard earned victory for Everton and Fabian Johnson helped Moenchengladbach upset Bayern Munich.

Klinsmann sets roster for U.S. matches at Denmark and Switzerland

Klinsmann sets roster for U.S. matches at Denmark and Switzerland

With MLS season just underway, European- and Mexican-based players comprise the bulk of the American squad.

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