International Exhibition Comes to RFK

Former United player Eliseo Quintanilla, left, won't play for El Salvador.
Former United player Eliseo Quintanilla, left, won't play for El Salvador. (2002 Photo By Nick Wass -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

What: Soccer exhibition. Where: RFK Stadium. When:8 p.m.

Tickets:$30-$50, available at the stadium and TicketMaster locations.

About El Salvador: With a World Cup qualifier at Costa Rica six days away, El Salvador returns to Washington for the second time in 2 1/2 months to play before a crowd that is expected to exceed 20,000. Almost all of the top players have made the trip. One exception is Eliseo Quintanilla, a former D.C. United forward who was not released by his Costa Rican club, Alajuelense. In World Cup qualifying, El Salvador upset Panama in the second round and was grouped with Costa Rica, Haiti and Suriname in the semifinals. Its last three friendlies have ended in 0-0 ties: against Guatemala at RFK and in Los Angeles, and against Jamaica in suburban Dallas.

About T&T: With their European-based players unavailable until next week, the Soca Warriors will rely on a domestic-league roster in their final tuneup for the next stage of World Cup qualifying. They are in a semifinal group with the United States, Guatemala and Cuba, their opponent Wednesday in Havana. A 1-0 loss at Haiti on Sunday broke a four-game winning streak. Francisco Maturana, who was appointed coach last winter, guided his native Colombia in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups. He has also led Ecuador, Costa Rica and Peru and club teams in Colombia, Spain, Argentina and Saudi Arabia during a 22-year coaching career.

-- Steven Goff

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