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August 12, 2009

Futbol hoy: USA v Mexico

Huge game at 4 p.m. ET today in Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, with Mexico's back to the wall in terms of whether they'll even qualify for the World Cup.

Long story short: It will be on DirecTV channel 410 and Comcast Cable channel 178, with the mun2 broadcasts beginning at 3:45 p.m.

An aside: It took my crack research team a long time to track down the correct time and channel numbers.

So elusive is this information online (don't even bother looking in the newspaper, they can't even get the game time right) that you'd almost think U.S. Soccer didn't care if anyone watched it or not.

But I digress.

How big is this game in Mexico?

Let's just say that if the U.S. somehow didn't qualify for the Olympics in basketball, that would be about 1% of the shock to the sports systems of the respective countries.

Former U.S. footballer Alexi Lalas, who played at Azteca, said it's kind of like playing in Thunderdome, but a hundred times larger, noisier and hotter, with eye-searing smog and air pollution thrown in.

Oh, yeah, don't forget that the stadium's elevation is over 7,000 feet above sea level and the U.S. team flew in yesterday, so there's zero chance of acclimatization.

Mexico last week changed the game's start from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. so as to make conditions as difficult as possible for the visiting U.S. team.

Then there's the piquant fact that the U.S. team has never won in Mexico City: its record is 0-18-1, with the (scoreless) tie back in 1997.

I can't wait.

And for those who, like me, can't get enough when it comes to sports, Pedro Martínez returns to the big leagues tonight with the Phillies, in his first major league start since he started his downward spiral from the heights several years.

8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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They lost 2 to 1. Did you read this article on the WSJ two days ago?


Posted by: Milena | Aug 12, 2009 7:22:10 PM

US soccer coverage is a joke

Posted by: Josh | Aug 12, 2009 5:38:11 PM

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