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Argentina-Panama soccer game to open Pan-Am Games
« on: June 21, 2007, 07:25:37 AM »
Argentina facing Panama in women's soccer on July 12 will be the first competitive action in the Pan American Games, a day ahead of the Games's formal opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium, organizers said on Wednesday.

The soccer match begins at 11:15 a.m. (14:15 GMT) in the Miecimo da Silva Stadium, which at 2:00 p.m. will host Ecuador's women playing their Jamaican rivals.

In the Joao Havelange stadium at 3:30 p.m., Brazil will face Uruguay, and at 6:15 p.m. the United States will play Paraguay.

The women's soccer competition, which runs until July 26, has attracted 10 nations: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mexico, Jamaica, Panama, Canada and the United States. The first phase pits Brazil against Jamaica, Ecuador and Canada.

The men's soccer competition begins on July 15, in the Miecimo da Silva Stadium with the 11.15 a.m. match between Ecuador and Costa Rica. Mexico will play Peru at 2.00 p.m. in the same stadium.

Four more matches will complete the men's soccer opening day: Brazil versus Honduras, and Colombia versus Jamaica, both at 3:30 p.m.; and two 6:15 p.m. matches, between Argentina and Haiti, and between the United States and Venezuela.

Brazil will play Costa Rica and Ecuador in the first phase of the men's game. The competition runs until June 27 and has attracted Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras and the United States.

According to Games rules team are allowed a maximum of three players aged over 20, but many have chosen to send their under-17 national squads, because the World Cup for under-20 soccer teams is taking place in Canada at the same time.