Thursday, July 23, 2009

World Class Soccer in the Dome!

Last night was a big night for Atlanta area soccer fans. More than 53,000 soccer fans were in attendance at the Georgia Dome to see two of the premier soccer teams in the world. AC Milan, from the UEFA Champions League, and Club America from, the Primera Division in Mexico, faced off in the World Football Challenge game held in Atlanta. Club America won the very physical game by the score of 2-1. This is the second straight win for Club America in the WFC. They beat Inter Milan 5-4 on Sunday in Stanford California. It was a great display of top-notch skill and everyone in attendance was happy to see world-class soccer in Atlanta. Also it was the debut of the 1st American player to ever play for AC Milan when Oguchi Onyewu (I know, he doesn’t sound American but he is) started the second half for the historic Italian team. He received a stand “O” when he entered the game as most people realized the magnitude of the situation.
AC Milan's Ronaldinho (left, #80) and Club America's Juan Carlos Silva (#26) go toe to toe Wednesday night.

This game, along with the Mexico vs. Venezuela game last month, are attempts to show how the city of Atlanta are worthy of being a part of the bid to host the World Cup in the US in 2018. From the turnout of the two games, I think Atlanta passed with flying colors. There is a huge soccer base in Georgia and since we also have the biggest airport in the world, we would be a great city for World Cub games. Also, this showing might help the city to get a MLS team in the near future. I am sure the officials were impressed and maybe we can get more international games played in town soon.

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