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Matchday primer: U.S. national soccer team vs. Brazil friendly at FedEx Field

It’s matchday at FedEx Field for the U.S. national team friendly against Brazil. To get you ready.....

*My preview focuses on the Americans’ grand challenge and Juergen Klinsmann’s approach against the five-time world champions. The story appeared on the front page of the print editions.

*Ticket sales are around 60,000. A small walk-up is expected, as well. If you’re driving to the stadium, give yourself plenty of time. The mix of a large crowd and rush-hour traffic around FedEx is toxic. The Morgan Boulevard Metro station on the Blue Line, a little less than a mile from the stadium, is also an option.

*In a closed ceremony this afternoon at the stadium, the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame will welcome five new members: players Claudio Reyna, Tony Meola and Desmond Armstrong, coach Tony DiCicco and writer Grahame Jones.

*Weather forecast around game-time: partly cloudy, 77 degrees, 60 percent humidity.

*TV: ESPN2 and pregame coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Telefutura is also carrying the match.

*Kickoff time: 8:07.

Much more.....

*Earlier today: Spain vs. South Korea friendly, 2 p.m., on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and

*The last time Brazil played in the D.C. area: a 5-1 victory over Ecuador in October 1998 at RFK Stadium. Elber recorded a hat trick in front of 18,116.

*The last time the USA played in the D.C. area: a 2-0 victory over Jamaica last June in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey scored in front of 45,423 at RFK.

*Klinsmann has fond memories of facing Brazil in Washington: During the 1993 U.S. Cup, a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, the striker scored in the 66th and 89th minutes as part of Germany’s comeback from a three-goal halftime deficit in earning a 3-3 draw in front of 34,737 at RFK. Three days later at RFK, 54,118 watched Brazil tie England, 1-1.

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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