Notebook: U.S. men to play Brazil in friendly at FedEx on May 30

The U.S. men's national soccer team will play Brazil in a May 30 friendly at FedEx Field in Landover, the five-time World Cup champion's first visit to the Washington area since 1998 and the Americans' debut at the Redskins' stadium.

The game will begin at 8 p.m. with TV coverage on ESPN2 and Univision. Tickets, ranging from $40 to $135, will go on sale next Friday via Ticketmaster and ussoccer.com. D.C. United's full-season ticket holders will receive advanced access.


The United States has defeated Brazil once in 16 meetings, the victory coming in a 1998 Gold Cup match in Los Angeles.

The game falls between U.S. friendlies against Scotland at home in late May and at Canada on June 3 in Toronto.

The Americans will then begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with the first two of six semifinal-round games: Antigua and Barbuda on June 8 at home and Guatemala four days later in Guatemala City.

The venues for the Scotland and Antigua matches will be announced next week.

Training camp is scheduled to open in mid-May. With the European club seasons complete and the qualifiers approaching, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann will assemble his strongest roster since accepting the job last summer.

"When you talk about Brazil, you are speaking of one of the most gifted football-playing nations in the world," Klinsmann said. "It is our goal to be able to match up against teams like Brazil on a consistent basis, so this is an amazing opportunity."

The teams last met in August 2010, a 2-0 Brazil victory in East Rutherford, N.J.

For Brazil, host of the next World Cup, the Landover visit is part of a four-game schedule that is also expected to include Denmark on May 26 in Hamburg, Germany; Mexico on June 3 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas; and Argentina on June 9 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.


Brazil's previous stop in the Washington area was in October 1998 for a 5-1 friendly victory over Ecuador at RFK Stadium. In 1993, in a dress rehearsal for the U.S.-hosted World Cup the next year, the Brazilians drew with Germany, 3-3, and England, 1-1, both at RFK.

The U.S. team has been a frequent visitor to the area but has never played at FedEx Field, the 83,000-seat home to the Redskins. Since 1991, the Americans are 13-3-4 at RFK Stadium, including six victories and a draw in the past seven dates. Last summer they defeated Jamaica, 2-0, in a Gold Cup quarterfinal.

FedEx Field was among the venues for the 1999 Women's World Cup and has hosted three high-profile matches in recent years — D.C. United vs. Chelsea, United vs. Real Madrid, and Barcelona vs. Manchester United.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Spivey wins state honor

McDonogh senior Ashley Spivey has been named the Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year.


The award, announced Thursday, "recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field."

Spivey is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award, which will be announced in May.

The 5-foot-10 forward led the Eagles to an 18-3 record and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title this fall. She scored 18 goals and added 16 assists, including three goals and five assists in three postseason games.

A member of the U.S. Soccer under-18 women's national team, Spivey has been named the All-Metro Player of the Year the past two seasons. She finished her high school career with 78 goals and 59 assists and has signed to play collegiately at Maryland.

In the classroom, Spivey has maintained a 3.72 GPA, and she has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, at a food bank and with Habitat for Humanity.

She is the second McDonogh player to be named Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year, joining Marissa Schuchat, who was honored for the 1998-99 season.

From Sun staff reports