Wrigley readying for soccer match

July, 20, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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Wrigley Field soccerCourtesy of the Chicago CubsWrigley Field is being set up to host an international soccer match.


The transformation of Wrigley Field into a soccer venue began in earnest Friday as the mound was removed and sod was placed on the infield.

Italy’s AS Roma will take on Poland side Zaglebie in an international club friendly Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Adding domestic intrigue to the match is the presence of United States Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, who joined AS Roma earlier this month.

It is the first of three matches in the United States for AS Roma. The club will also play at Boston (Fenway Park) and New York (Red Bull Arena).

The field is now in place, but the lines aren’t expected to be painted until Saturday. The field will run from the third-base dugout to the base of the right-field wall, similar to the setup for the Northwestern-Illinois football game in 2010.

The event, dubbed “Friendly at the Confines,” will be the first soccer game at Wrigley since 1984 when the Chicago Sting defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

Ticket prices are $25 to $110 and according to a release from the Cubs, the majority of seats are under $50. More information is available at www.cubs.com/soccer.


Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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