In what will be an unprecedented South Florida soccer event — this is the first time that Spain has ever played in South Florida and the first two times these teams have ever met — Spain, the FIFA No. 1-ranked team, has brought all of its top players — a group that has earned a reputation as one of the top international teams in history, with Euro Cup championships in 2008 and 2012 and a World Cup championship in 2010.
On Friday, scheduled back-to-back practice sessions at Sun Life — one for each squad — were wiped out due to severe weather that passed through the area, though Spain did get a chance to move its training session to the Miami Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility, where they practiced in the enclosed bubble.
With a series of ball control and passing drills on display, Spain’s precision passing attack looked to be in form, ready for what will be thrown at them during Saturday’s match.
— Sun Life Stadium (@SunLifeStadium) June 7, 2013
Spain will continue its U.S. trip after Saturday’s match, making a stop in New York to play Ireland at Yankee Stadium on June 11.
It is Haiti, first, that will get a chance to try to stop Spain’s precision attack, visiting Miami for the first time since 2007. A perennial top-50 team, Haiti, the 2007 Caribbean Cup champions will also field a competitive team for Saturday’s friendly. The Haitian roster will include top players such as Jhony Placide, Jeff Louis, Jean Jacque Pierre, Jean Sony Alcenat, and Reginal Goreux.
Saturday’s match at Sun Life Stadium will kick off at 4 p.m. EDT
Spain’s full roster:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool) y Victor Valdés (Barcelona).
Defenders: Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) y Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona) y 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) y Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).