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Mexico's soccer success knows no boundaries

Mexico's national soccer team will play 13 games in two hemispheres and three time zones within the first seven months of this year. It will play on two continents, in outdoor stadiums, indoor stadiums and some with retractable roofs. Where it won't play is in Mexico. The reason is money -- a lot of it. Playing in the United States is more lucrative, evidenced by Saturday's exhibition in the Coliseum against Ecuador, which is expected to draw a sellout crowd of 90,000. It doesn't stop there. Mexico will play seven games in the U.S. in the next 15 weeks -- almost twice the number the U.S. team will play here. Last year, Mexico played more games in the U.S. -- eight -- than the U.S. ...

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