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La Copa Mundial

June 20th, 2010

In Mexico, as in most places throughout the world these days, time comes to a standstill during the matches of the World Cup. I must say that, even though I am not particularly a soccer aficionado, I can’t help but be swept up in the excitement. Here in Mexico, everyone is abuzz with Mexico’s strong performances so far. A 1-1 tie in the opener against South Africa, and a solid 2-0 victory against highly touted France. This means that if Mexico either wins or ties in their next game, they are almost sure to advance to the next round. The US is doing pretty well, too, with a tie against both Slovenia (whom the U.S. would have beaten were it not for a blown call that cost the U.S. a late goal) and a surprising tie against heavily-favored England. This leaves only Algeria to play against the U.S. And if the U.S. wins that game as expected (or even it it ties), it, too, is likely to proceed. So, needless to say, I’ll probably be commenting about the World Cup over the next few weeks, as it is permeating the environment here.

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