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Sports Scene: USA-Mexico Friendly and Phillies Alumni Weekend

August 9, 2011

Phillies Alumni Weekend is upon us, and spirits are high, thanks to the Phillies’ ownership of the best record in the major leagues. The indisputable highlight of the weekend will be the unveiling of a bronze statute of Harry Kalas, the late, great Phillies announcer, prior to Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile, the national men’s soccer team is in town with its new coach, German soccer great Jurgen Klinsmann, to play Mexico tomorrow night at the Linc.  Klinsmann held his first two practices with the team yesterday and today, at UPenn’s Rhodes Field. Mexico’s team is one of its best in years, while the U.S. has been up and down since its loss to Ghana in the World Cup last year, capped by a crushing come-from-behind loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup championship game. Let’s hope the U.S. squad is buoyed by the “positive energy” of their new coach (and perhaps also the surge in U.S. soccer interest following the Women’s World Cup) in this grudge match of a “friendly.” One fascinating subplot: four players from the Mexican pro soccer leagues will suit up for the U.S. against Mexico. At last check, a few tickets were still available.

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