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Monday kickaround: David Villa to MLS

David Villa (NYCFC)
David Villa (NYCFC)

*David Villa, Spain’s all-time leading scorer, has signed a three-year contract to play for MLS expansion New York City FC, starting in 2015. The 32-year-old striker was available on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid, his La Liga championship club for one season after three years at Barcelona. England’s Frank Lampard has also been linked with NYCFC, which will play at least three seasons at Yankee Stadium. Villa has posted 56 goals in 94 international matches and is part of the Spanish squad heading to Brazil for the World Cup.

*First, though, Spain is on its way to Washington ahead of Saturday’s friendly against El Salvador at FedEx Field. The delegation will arrive at BWI Airport around 7:30 p.m. this evening. Fans may be able to get a glimpse of the players outside the customs hall. The squad will not practice at Catholic University, as originally planned, and use RFK Stadium’s main field instead. Sessions are closed to the public.

Saturday’s schedule at FedEx:

Spain vs. El Salvador, 4 p.m. (Univision)

D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 6:30 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet)

*Jodie Taylor scored twice in the second half as the Washington Spirit (5-4-1) defeated the Boston Breakers, 3-2, at Harvard to extend its unbeaten streak to four and claim third place in the NWSL behind Seattle and Chicago. The Spirit, which will visit Chicago on Wednesday, has scored three goals in each of those four matches.

*CONCACAF’s qualifying tournament for the 2015 Women’s World Cup in October is slated to take place at three or four medium-sized venues (i.e. MLS stadiums) in the U.S. East and Midwest, the Insider has learned. Final details are expected this month. The United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala have already secured their place in what is expected to be an eight-team event over 11 days. Three teams will earn automatic WWC berths and a fourth will enter a playoff with the South American third-place side. (As host of the WWC next summer, Canada does not have to qualify.)

*World Cup tuneup tonight:

Costa Rica vs. Japan at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, 9 p.m. (beIN Sports)

*World Cup tuneups Tuesday:

Brazil vs. Panama in Goiana, 3 p.m. (beIN Sports)

Mexico vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina at Soldier Field in Chicago, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2, UniMas)

*The front page of today’s print Sports section:



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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Steven Goff · June 1, 2014