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Game On! Field to be ready for US/Mexico game

Mexican team initially unhappy with pitch conditions

SAN ANTONIO – After a report that the Mexican national soccer team threatened to pull out of the game against the U.S. Wednesday night because of the condition of the field, U.S. Soccer Communications Director Neal Buethe said that the field will be ready.

"The field will be in playable condition in time for tomorrow's match," Buethe said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

The possibility of the U.S./Mexico friendly game being canceled broke when the Mexican national team canceled its 11 a.m. practice at the Alamodome earlier Tuesday morning and moved the workout to Trinity University.

The general manager of the Mexican Soccer Federation, Hector Gonzales Inarritu, first threatened to refuse to play in the Dome if the conditions did not improve.

The Mexican newspaper Medio Tempo first issued the report, claiming that the team was unhappy with the temporary sod laid over the concrete floor without any padding underneath.

However, an Alamodome official, along with Buethe, said that the field will be playable.

Wednesday night's game is only the second time a grass field has been installed inside the Alamodome.

A sold-out crowd of 65,000 people is expected to attend the event.


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