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Argentina’s men’s soccer team kicks back in Arlington

Lionel Messi (bottom right, second from front) and Argentina’s men’s soccer team at Tango Restaurant on Sunday.
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Lionel Messi (bottom right, second from front) and Argentina’s men’s soccer team at Tango Restaurant on Sunday.

Argentina’s men’s soccer team dined out at Tango Restaurant in Arlington on Sunday. The players, including Lionel Messi, who many believe is the best player in the world, came in with coaches and others for a celebratory lunch around 1 p.m., and the restaurant opened early to accommodate them, said general manager Alissa Mermet.

“We typically don’t open until 4 p.m. on Sundays,” she said.

Mermet said there were about 60 people in the group, and they dined on the restaurant’s traditional Argentine cuisine: beef empanadas (to start) followed by parrillada (for the main course), which is a variety of grilled meats including short ribs, pork chorizo, blood sausage, and grilled chicken. They were also served green salad and fried potatoes.

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“It was a little taste of home for them,” she said.

The team was in town for the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament. Argentina won the quarterfinal match at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening, beating Venezuela by a score of 4-1. Now the team advances to the semifinals. Argentina will next face the United States at 9 p.m. Tuesday at NRG Stadium in Houston . . . . Meanwhile, AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda — a massive star in his native Japan — was in Boston over the weekend meeting quietly with entrepreneurs and investors.

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