Spain Vs. Puerto Rico 2012: Why?

KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Fernando Torres of Spain celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Why are Spain and Puerto Rico playing an August friendly? What the hell?

Spain is traveling to play Puerto Rico just before the beginning of the club season in most major European leagues. They've taken four players from clubs in the Premier League, and the Premier League starts on Saturday. This team is actually traveling across an ocean to play a team that their C team could crush easily, and they're probably not even making that much money for it. Can someone explain this?

La Roja don't have Xavi, Jordi Alba, Juan Mata or Javi Martinez, but this is mostly a first team. That's going to play Puerto Rico. If you're wondering why club managers hate international football, this is why. If Fernando Torres gets injured during this game, Roberto Di Matteo is going to break things. This game is actually on television, by the way.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

TV: ESPN Deportes

Streaming: ESPN3

We'll have live updates of this and other friendlies on Wednesday in our international friendlies StoryStream.

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