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What Happens When the USA and Mexican National Soccer Teams Come to Campus?

By Kalli Douma '18
Kalli Douma '18
Engineer & Goalie

April 15, 2014 marked the day that the United States Men’s national soccer team would face off against Mexico. Given the beloved rivalry between the USA and Mexico teams, the soccer teams of Trinity were equally, if not more, excited for the arrival of these national teams in San Antoinio as the San Antonian fans who sold out the Alamodome stadium for the event. But our excitement was all the greater when we learned that our Trinity team would be attending practice for both the USA and Mexican national teams held at our very own McGinlay soccer field.

As is expected of high caliber teams, these national teams arrived well in advance of April 15 match date. It is imperative, in situations like this, for teams to arrive early, get their bearings of the environment in which they will be playing, and, especially when large amounts of travel is involved, get at least one practice in to shake the legs out, and get the blood moving. If the first time the team touched a ball in San Antonio was during their opening seconds in the Alamodome, the game could be ugly

First to arrive at Trinity was the United States' team. Though the practice was technically closed to the public, being an athlete has its privileges. Those sporting theIr Trinity University Soccer garb were allowed entry and got to watch the best men’s soccer players in our nation practice.

You could have said the Trinity women’s soccer team was excited. Actually, giddy. As to speak to a teammate's experience when getting a photo with Kyle Beckerman, "it took every muscle to keep from shaking, fainting, or, and most likely, fangirling so hard as to scare away the United States defender." Michael Bradley, and many others were “asked” (pleaded) to take pictures with us, which they all obliged. But, we are athletes. We don’t idolize the fame these men have, we idolize the athletic ability. While the pictures were nice, it was the practice that was the best part. These men were able to sustain a speed of play that was eye opening. It was their abilities, watched in person that proved that was is seen on TV simply doesn’t do the athletics justice. So we can only hope that our pitch will continue to be used for national team use because to have them here reminds us why we play soccer in the first place.

For more photos of the USA and Mexico soccer practices, check out the album here. 

Go team USA!


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