July 20, 2012
IN THE FRIENDLY CONFINES
Soccer returns to Wrigley Sunday
Soccer returns to the "Friendly Confines" of Wrigley field on Sunday for the first time since 1984 when Italyís AS Roma and Polandís Zaglebie Lubin in an international friendly at 2:30 pm.
|Soccer returns to Wrigley Field for the firt time since 1984.
The last time a soccer game was played at Wrigley, the Chicago Sting beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in a North American Soccer League semi-final game, with the Sting eventually advancing to win the league title.
The match at Wrigley Field kicks off the first leg of AS Romaís United States Tour, with additional stops scheduled for Boston at Fenway Park and New York at Red Bull Arena.
Each club will feature star players and representatives from their countryís national team. AS Romaís squad, led by team captain and forward Francesco Totti, features forward Bojan Krkic Pťrez and Italian national team forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo. Recently acquired U.S. National Team midfielder Michael Bradley is also with the squad.
Zaglebie Lubinís roster includes Polish national team forwards Szymon Pawlowski and Arkadiusz Wozniak, midfielder Maciej Malkowski and defender Marcin Kowalczyk.
The playing field will run from Wrigley Fieldís third base dugout to right field, similar to the football field layout during the 2010 Allstate Wrigleyville Classic college football game between Northwestern University and the University of Illinois.
AS Roma of Italyís legendary Serie A division and Zaglebie Lubin of Polandís Ekstraklasa both have recently come under new ownership. AS Roma was purchased by a consortium led by Boston-based Raptor Groupís Jim Pallotta last year, while Zaglebie Lubin was purchased by KGHM, Polandís largest company.