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Spain vs Haiti, International Friendly: Open Thread

Spain plays Haiti today in an international friendly at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. The match, which kicks off at 4pm ET, will be televised live on beIN SPORT.

Featured among the 26 players called up to the Spain squad for today’s match are 19 that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and 20 that won the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.  The roster also includes 14 players from La Liga powerhouses FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Spain starting XI: Casillas, Albiol, Azpilicueta, Monreal, Martinez, Ramos, Fabregas, Mata, Cazorla, Navas, Torres

Haiti starting XI: Montrevil, Wilde, Aveska, Alcenat, Louis, Monuma, Joseph, Alexandre, Desmaret, Belfort, Charles.

The Spain squad for today’s match is:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdés (Barcelona).

Defenders: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Javi García (Manchester City), Beñat (Real Betis).

Forwards: Juan Mata (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fábregas (Barcelona), Pedro (Barcelona), Jesús Navas (Sevilla), David Villa (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).

Haiti should feature players such as Jhony Placide, Jeff Louis, Jean Jacque Pierre, Jean Sony Alcenat and Reginal Goreux.

Tickets are currently on sale and available through and or by calling the stadium box office at (305) 943-8000. Tickets start at just $29 and a limited number of VIP Field seats will be made available on the sidelines to watch the match. For more information on the VIP Field Seating, teams, players and event, please visit

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation with soccer fans around the world in the comments section below.

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  1. The Gaffer

    June 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The mostly pro-Haiti crowd at Sun Life Stadium just went absolutely nuts after Donald Wilde scored to make it 2-1 to Spain. The final ten minutes of this game should be far more entertaining.

    The Gaffer

  2. CTBlues

    June 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    That is a lot of fans wearing orange, you would think that the Netherlands were playing.

    • The Gaffer

      June 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Seats are beginning to fill up in the lower tier.

      The Gaffer

  3. The Gaffer

    June 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Both Kartik Krishnaiyer and I are at the stadium in the press box for this match.

    After several days of tropical rain, the sun is shining and it’s set to be a beautiful day for soccer. Looking forward to it.

    The Gaffer

    • Patrick

      June 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Is this a charity friendly? In other words are any of the proceeds going to help the people of Haiti.

      • The Gaffer

        June 8, 2013 at 4:46 pm

        Spain are using the game as preparation for the Confederations Cup in a couple of weeks. Not a charity.

        The Gaffer

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