Honduras, Turkey set for international friendly at RFK Stadium


Andy Najar, who attended Alexandria’s Edison High and is a former MLS rookie of the year with D.C. United, will return to Washington with the Honduran team. (Moises Castillo/AP)

Where: RFK Stadium.When: 8 p.m.

TV: beIN Sports, beIN Sports Spanish, Univision Deportes.

Tickets: $21.75-$77.75, available at Ticketmaster.com and stadium box office.

Outlook: A pro-Honduran crowd of about 20,000 is expected for the Catrachos’ first tuneup ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Honduras will also play Israel on Sunday in Houston and England on June 7 in Miami. Turkey, which failed to qualify for the World Cup for the third consecutive cycle, will face the United States on Sunday at sold-out Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.

 The Honduran visit to Washington marks the return of MF Andy Najar, a former Edison High School student who played three seasons for D.C. United and won MLS’s rookie of the year award in 2010. United sold him to Belgian titan Anderlecht in January 2013. This season he secured a starting position on the right wing as Anderlecht won its 33rd league title.

 At 21, Najar is the second-youngest player on Luis Fernando Suarez’s Honduran roster, which includes eight current or former MLS players: Houston MF Oscar Boniek Garcia, San Jose D Victor Bernardez, New England F Jerry Bengtson and Chivas USA MF Marvin Chavez are in the league, while Najar, MF Roger Espinoza (now with English club Wigan), MF Mario Martinez and F Carlo Costly moved on.

 Turkey, which reached the semifinals of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, finished behind the Netherlands, Romania and Hungary in its qualifying group last year. It is using these friendlies to begin preparation for the start of Euro 2016 qualifying in September.

 The Turks arrived in Washington after a 2-1 victory over Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. Atletico Madrid MF Arda Turan, reportedly being targeted by Manchester United, was unable to join the team after missing the Champions League final against Real Madrid last weekend with a knee ailment.

Steven Goff

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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