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Eager fans swarm to Coliseum for Mexico-Ecuador soccer match
Eager fans swarm to Coliseum for Mexico-Ecuador soccer match

The day before the big game, Sam Lopez squeezed into a van with six friends and headed south from San Francisco. Their destination: Mexico's sold-out soccer showdown with Ecuador at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. By Saturday afternoon, they were among the pumped-up crowd trekking to the stadium, where 90,000 spectators were expected to fill the seats. Lopez and his friends wore bright red and green team jerseys, each shelling out $80 per ticket. "Va a ganar, va a ganar!" Lopez and his buddy, Jerry Torraba, echoed, predicting a heroic win for the players from his native Mexico, which took an early lead in the game. Both teams competed in the World Cup last summer, but...

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