Spanish National Team To Hold Final Preparations For World Cup In U.S. Capital
Spain's national football team is "set for another stopover" in the U.S. prior to "jetting out to Brazil this summer," according to MARCA. After La Roja warmed up in Miami and N.Y. ahead of the Confederations Cup, Washington, D.C. "has been chosen as the base this time around." It will be Spain's "second phase of warm-up work ahead of the World Cup." Though the Champions League final is scheduled for May 24 in Lisbon and "it is mandated that all players who feature in it are given a week off," Spain plans to begin World Cup training on May 26 in Madrid. The squad will fly to D.C. on June 2, and leave the U.S. for Curitiba on June 8. The "torrential rain" that prevented the team from "training properly in Miami last June was a vital factor in the decision to look elsewhere," with D.C. "getting the nod because it will be hot -- like in Brazil -- but the conditions will be comfortable enough to work in" (MARCA, 1/28).