A look at soccer inside MLB stadiums

July, 20, 2012
Yankee StadiumAP Photo/New York YankeesWith the home team out of town, Yankee Stadium is preparing for a rather atypical event.
This weekend starts a wave of big-time international soccer exhibitions at Major League Baseball stadiums.

Saturday it's England's Liverpool versus Toronto F.C. at the Blue Jays' Rogers Centre. On Sunday, it's England power and UEFA Champions League winner Chelsea versus big-spending Paris Saint-Germain at Yankee Stadium (above), and Italy's AS Roma against Poland's Zaglibie Lubin at Wrigley Field. Wednesday comes Roma versus Liverpool at Fenway Park. And in August, the Mets' Citi Field hosts an international match between Ecuador and Chile, while Yankee Stadium hosts another pair of giants (Spain's Real Madrid and Italy's AC Milan).

This is a veritable explosion in soccer on the diamond. But it's not the first time we've seen the world's big clubs avoid dirt and basepaths as they entertain North America's association football fanatics.

Here's a peek at what it looks like when soccer invades baseball stadiums -- including one unmissable photo from a few decades back.

Fenway Park: Celtic vs. Sporting Lisbon

Fenway SoccerAP Photo/Elise AmendolaScotland's Celtic is on the attack against Portugal's Sporting during this July 2010 match.

Fenway Park: Celtic vs. Sporting Lisbon

Marc FortuneAP Photo/Elise Amendola... and again, during that same match.

Fenway Park: Celtic vs. Sporting Lisbon

SoccerAP Photo/Steven SenneThis is from before the match, with Celtic training and the Green Monster looking on.

Citi Field: Ecuador vs. Greece

Greece, EcuadorMike Stobe/Getty ImagesLarge Greek and Ecuadorian populations in New York brought this match in June 2011.

Citi Field: Juventus vs. Club America

Citi Field Jeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesA general view as the Italian side Juventus faced off against Mexico's Club America in July 2011.

New York Cosmos at old Yankee Stadium
Featuring Brazilian legend Pele, in the mid-1970s.
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Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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