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Boca Juniors in D.C.

Maryland SoccerPlex, actually.

The highly decorated Argentine club arrived at the upper Montgomery County facility on Saturday for preseason training sessions that will run through next Tuesday. The public is welcome!

Tomorrow is the premier event of their stay -- an intrasquad scrimmage on the stadium field beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free.

Boca had attempted to arrange friendlies with D.C. United and other MLS clubs, but scheduling conflicts and financial issues have prevented it. From here, the club will head to Mexico next week for training and matches, then depart for Europe.

About 40 players are working at the SoccerPlex, including most first teamers and top reserves. They are training most days from 10 a.m. until noon and 5:30 to 7:30. This week, with the exception of tomorrow's scrimmage, they are on Fields 8 and 9 of the vast complex.

When Boca first trained here in 2002, they wanted to keep a low profile. But after returning a year later and then committing to this summer's stay (they are paying a rental fee to use the facility and are staying in the Gaithersburg area), they have been more receptive to spectators.

For more information and directions to the SoccerPlex, check out the facility's official Web site by clicking here or by calling 301-528-1480.

By Steve Goff  |  July 15, 2008; 1:03 PM ET
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Is Riquelme with them or is back in Argentina training for the Olympics. I am definitely there, and will be trying to get as many autographs as possible.

Posted by: DC United Fan | July 15, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I used to live in Gaithersburg, and I worked out at the Rio Sport and Health. Boca used to have a deal with that gym to let their players workout there when they were training at the Soccerplex. They really liked the fact that they were pretty much anonymous there in Gaithersburg. I met Schelotto, Abbondanzieri, Burdisso, and even Tevez there. They really appreciated whenever anyone talked (or in my case attempted) to talk to them in Spanish, and were shocked that when someone followed the game here in the US, they REALLY followed the game.

I even got invited to watch them practice. Everyone should go, because it is very interesting to watch them play, and they are all very nice.

Posted by: John | July 15, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Boca are missing Riquelme, Monzón, Ledesma, and Boselli, according to Clarin.

But Palacio and Palermo are there, apparently.

Posted by: d, dc | July 15, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I read last night on a Boca site that Riquelme stayed in Bs As. I assume he is getting ready for the Olympics. However, all other players are around: Palermo, Palacio, Vargas, Qaranta, Calvo, Castroman, etc.

Posted by: juanma | July 15, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow - that's very cool. I'll definitely head up there - hope some of that skill is contagious!

Posted by: Kev | July 15, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Completely non related question: How is Bryan Arguez doing?

Considering the packed schedule and numerous injuries, DCU might have benefited from having him around.

Posted by: noptov52 | July 15, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Boselli was tranfer to Estudiantes
Ledesma was tranfer to a team in Italy
Riquelme and Monzon stay at BA training for the olympics the rest of the team is here. Including Palermo Palacio Battalgia chavez Ibarra caceres paleta Morel ...

Thanks goff for the info

Posted by: Eric | July 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Doubt it, Arguez is a reserve player at his team right now, and from what i've heard not a very good one at that. Arguez was/is not ready to really help out any starting pro squad right now. DC did the right thing.

Posted by: Opal45 | July 15, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse


That's incorrect. He saw some time as a rookie last year. For this upcoming season hes currently playing CB because the usual starters are out with injury. He will see a fair amount of time this year. See:

Posted by: strago | July 15, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the Boca Juniors hookup, Goff!

Posted by: Bill in Md. | July 15, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they'll be over to RFK to see their compatriots in action for United.

Posted by: Matthai | July 15, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if they'll be over to RFK to see their compatriots in action for United.

Posted by: Matthai | July 15, 2008 3:39 PM

no argentines in the line up tonight

Posted by: koolcaio | July 15, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"Boca had attempted to arrange friendlies with D.C. United and other MLS clubs, but scheduling conflicts and financial issues have prevented it"

Would have been a nice warmup for the Olympic team. Sometimes USSF has the vision of Mr. Magoo.....

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | July 15, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I would MUCH rather see Boca Juniors as MLS's opponent in the All Star game than West Ham.

Posted by: DCUMD | July 15, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Boca instead of West Ham? Don't think Garber wants to be embarrassed that much.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I will give $5 to anyone who can cut off Palacio's rat tail

Posted by: bribri | July 15, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


I will make the trip out there.

Posted by: Bolivian DC Fan | July 15, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Would have been a nice warmup for the Olympic team. Sometimes USSF has the vision of Mr. Magoo.....

Posted by: Lloyd Heilbrunn | July 15, 2008 3:49 PM

No way - Mr. Magoo would never try to process all World Cup ticket requests with one fax machine! :-)

Posted by: Kev | July 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

The Boca Juniors group will be staying at the Gaithersburg Hilton. They are scheduled to board a bus at 9pm to head out to dinner at the Rio.

That's the word on the street ...

Posted by: paris | July 15, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Considering Clyde Simms is a 90+ minute player, is seldom injured, and isn't a card-magnet, Arguez would have been relegated to reserve duty with United for years to come. For all we know, Stratford could prove to be a better CDM than Arguez as well.

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 15, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

How many days are they going to be here training? Does anyone have a schedule?

Posted by: ecuaalexa | July 15, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

They're here until next Tuesday. Goff says it near the top of this thread. Read, people, read!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Great tip! I told an Olney youth soccer team about it and they just called me after going to the scrimmage to say thanks. The kids had a blast and the players really seemed to enjoy having them watch. What a great opportunity for these young kids.

Thanks Goff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Kevin | July 16, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

when did the scrimmage start? i was there a few minutes before 10, waited almost 30 minutes and there was no scrimmage, just practice. got bored and went back to work.

what's up with that?

i did get a few pictures of 80% of the team standing around watching 4 guys work out.

Posted by: Dream Out Loud | July 16, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

any other information on any other scrimmages at all?

Posted by: footballfan | July 16, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Dream Out Loud -- The players headed over to the main stadium field at 10:20 a.m. for the scrimmage after their workout. Sorry you missed it.

Goff, thanks for spreading the news. It was great to see Boca Juniors play the scrimmage this morning with my 8-year old son. I saw Palmermo score a sweet goal, and I'm now trying to identify the other players I saw out there.

I guess I'm not used to watching a match closeup, but I have never heard players on each team talk so much to each other.

Posted by: Bill in md. | July 16, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

anybody know if Boca is practicing at all tomorrow (Sat. 7/19) or Sun. (7/20)?

Posted by: gary | July 18, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I heard that they may play Sunday afternoon only as they will be getting ready to head to Mexico, but I'd like to find out for sure too as we have to travel a couple of hours just to get there. So, any updates info would be great.

Posted by: xeinese | July 19, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

megustaria saber si el equipo va a estar hoy en la tarde practicando o manana domingo o si va a estar en algun lugar dode se le pueda ver.

Posted by: julio | July 19, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

escuche que posiblemente van a practicar domingo a la tarde pero no estoy segura.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 19, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

gracias vamos ha estar atentos

Posted by: julio | July 19, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I went there many times to watch them and even became friends with one of the staff members and gave him a small gift to take with them, something that look just like a pen but when you press for the tip to come out it will shock you, I even taped it right after I gave it to the guy, check it out it's funny, follow this link

Posted by: Jimmy Sorto | July 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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